FARAAZ KAZI [faraaz303]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Enid Blyton. I started writing as a hobby and post my creative writing stint from Xaviers, I took writing more seriously. My friends were the first to read my novel.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Romance is and will always be my favourite genre. You can read more about the novel on www.faraazkazi.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I clear out my mind, write down the draft on paper after gathering the scene and then type it out on the lappie, editing as I go.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Reading authors like Cecelia Ahern and Khalid Hosseini.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
A good plot, strong characterisation and a connect with the reader.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Both have their own advantages and shortcomings but I prefer writing in the third person.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Cecelia Ahern, Khalid Hosseini and JK Rowling
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
A mix of traits from common regular people.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Depends on whom I am addressing and whether it is a crowd or just a bedtime story.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Of course, one writes from personal experience and writing can be extremely therapeutic.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes, it is always a privilege to know that people are taking out time to read your work. One should always respect that fact and try to learn from whatever feedback comes your way.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Yes, Truly Madly Deeply stemmed from a short story that won a prize at the national short-story writing competition for a major newspaper in India. Post becoming a best-selling novel, it became the only Indian novel to be nominated in seven categories of the Goodreads Annual Readers Choice Awards and also the only Indian novel in the 'Top 100 YA Fiction Global List.'
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
The voice differs for every story, every plot. So the search is a perpetual process.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
No such discipline, I write when I get the time or when I am in 'the mood.'
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I like to work in confinement and peace. Some good music and writing with a red gel pen helps.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I handwrite the draft and type out once done on the laptop, editing as I go. Then I reread for a second edit before involving any third-party.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Facebook and Twitter.
What has been your experience with publishers?
The ones I have worked with so far aren't once recommending in terms of their support towards authors. Pustak Mahal (the previous publisher) are wolves under ship skin and many indigenous publishers are no different.
What are you working on now?
My next novel is lying with the agent while I finish the draft of mainstream romance saga.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Gather the courage to go through it yourself and view it from a third person POV, judging your writing and trying to better it before showing it to friends.