Featured Interview With Manali Desai
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m Manali Desai, a freelance writer, and editor cum blogger.
I was born in a small-town called Surat in India. I moved to Mumbai once I turned 18 and it became my home since then.
I’m currently an NRI residing in the Netherlands.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was 8 years old when I got my hands on Black Beauty. It opened up a world of possibilities for me. I still remember being fascinated reading each page of that book, and that fascination continues even today when I read any book.
I started writing when I was a teenager and in the words of Robert Frost, “Miles To go Before I Sleep” so I intend to continue it for a long time.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I don’t have any favorite author per se but there are a few books that left a lasting impression on my mind. These include the Harry Potter series, The Godfather, God of Small Things, to name a few.
My favorite genre to read is fantasy and romcom.
I’m inspired by simple and ordinary people as well as situations.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Ayesha has just moved to the ‘City of Dreams’ with her parents. She befriends the charming Viren, who helps her find her footing in Mumbai. Though she is slowly adjusting to her new life, what Ayesha is most excited about is pursuing B.A. (Hons.) Political Science from a reputed college. Things don’t go as smoothly as she had thought though. Because Abhi, her senior, seems hell-bent on making her life on the campus difficult from day one. Just when things seem settled, Viren joins the college as an Ad-Hoc lecturer. Is there more to Ayesha’s friendship with Viren, and her frenemity with Abhi? It seems there’s a love triangle blooming around the corner or will it be a Love (Try) Angle? Because Ayesha is not sure if it’s love at all.
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