In an exclusive interview, we asked Parinda for her writing tips for budding authors who want to hone their skills and get published. To that, she replied, “For aspiring writers, I would like to tell them that it takes a lot of reading to understand the art of writing novels. There is so much information on the internet; interact with people like-minded people, join writing groups, be open to feedback – it’s the best way to learn.”
She added: “My advice for them would be to make sure they have a strong foundation in terms of the story – if the idea isn’t unique, then the perspective should be. Also, be authentic about what your character wants, their wounds, their world, their biggest obstacles. Put a lot of time and thought into creating a cast of characters. A mistake that many beginning writers make is that they don’t put a lot of effort that the protagonist and others end up becoming cardboard characters, which doesn’t create an immersive experience.And finally, all of the subplots have to be tied together at the end.
Sharing her love for writing and books, she also answered some quick questions we posed to her. Here are the answers to a few quick questions:
1. One thing you discovered about yourself while working from home during the pandemic?
That I can’t stop eating! (Laughs)
2. A book you read recently?
“The Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney
3. How do you deal with stress?
I go for a run in the morning and I practice yoga. I also consume a lot of humor – I used to do stand-up shows before, but now I watch them on YouTube, read funny books, watch shows or movies. My dad has a good sense of humor and I guess I inherited a bit of that.
4. What’s next?
I’m working on a House Full series. I’m working on the next book where the men have been replaced by someone else!
5. Tell us some of the best books you’ve read during the pandemic.
I started reading Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s books on the pandemic. I also always recommend books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Upamanyu Chatterjee and PG Wodehouse. In non-fiction, I read ‘Solo’ by Rana Dasgupta. And I discovered Sally Rooney’s works during the pandemic.
6. I write because…
It brings me unprecedented joy and happiness.