Featured Interview With Chaitali Nath
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a young lady of 16. I was raised and have lived in Siliguri, India. I don’t have any pets, unlike a good number of authors. I like to think of my marigold plant as a low-maintainance pet.
I believe in empathy and compassion for the society that we dwell in, and hope that the world becomes a better place to live in with each setting sun.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading at the age of about 6. I would always wonder how people wrote books, till I discovered that I could write stories, too. I began writing short stories based on some guidelines till the age of 9, after which I had to put a halt to writing.
I never thought I would be able to continue, but I was, at the age of 13. After a break of about 4 years, I found out I could write poetry, the only form of writing that I couldn’t write earlier and the form that I loved reading the most. Within the span of an year, I completed my first book, Soul Spoken, which completes it’s one year of publication on the 27th of June, 2019.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’ve always loved diversity in what I read. Though historical fiction and mythological fiction have a special place in my heart, I have enjoyed reading suspence and young adult, among other genres. I don’t have any favorite authors, since that would be unfair to the others whose works I have read, but I do have a special place in my library for some authors whose books I could re-read about a hundred times, namely, Amish Tripathi, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Jhumpa Lahiri, Meghan Nutall Sayres, etc.
My writing is inspired by all that I can observe and feel. It’s all about expressing what I can’t express otherwise, and much more.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
A teenager is usually interpreted as a confused adult or an overgrown child and this misinterpretation needs to be cleared. Teenage is a completely different phase of life, the intermediate between the other two and a teenager is a different kind of individual.
Soul Spoken is a teenager’s view on the world and its constituents. After all, the world hasn’t seen how a teenager has seen it.
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