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Nisha Samson [nishasamson] 

What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I first read fairytales by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Anderson. I was five at the time. However I do remember going through magazines with my grand-dad as a two year old and getting absolutely mesmerised with the words. I started writing at 12. I don't remeber how simply because the words just came to me. My nana, gran and parents were the first to read what I wrote.
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?
I like writing everything but my favourite genre is lifestyle. I am sending you a link to one of my features on ibnlive.com. This is a leading portal in India. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bollywoods-35plus-and-superhot-women/77057-19.html Here is the link to my blog: http://nishasamson.blogspot.com/
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I don't think anyone can describe a creative process, simply because there are innumerable ones. However I have to be in my 'writers zone' when I sit to write. My piece has to be an extension of me, it should grip the reader completely. So I just write and allow the words to flow. My mind and fingers do all the work.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
All reading inspires me. I like fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays...you name it, I love it. My inspiration also comes from life and my subjects.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The basic ingredients of a story depend on the kind of story we write. For a real life account, a creative feature: Facts, empathy, imagination For a fiction story: A plot and an imagination For a no-fiction piece: Research and facts The conclusions depend on the kind of piece/story we are working on.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
First person because it helps connect better with the reader.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Ayn Rand, P.G Wodehouse, William Shakespeare, John Grisham, Jane Austen and Matthew Arnold among others.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
My characters are born from life and that is what makes them believable. My fantasy characters come from dreams and the magic in them makes them believable.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes, in fact I think I am better at telling them orally. :)
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for you and I write for me. The magic of words, the beauty of a story, the message from a feature always has answers and happiness.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes writing is indeed therapeutic and sometimes internal conflicts are a good creative force.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes. I love to know what a reader thinks, why she thinks it and what she takes away from it.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No I have not participated in any competitions so far.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes. It's always nice to have feedback and opinion.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
My voice rings through each of my pieces. Each piece is written for a reason, each piece is special.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Schedules, goals, deadline and targets are absolutely sacrosanct. I know my deadline and I finish my work on the dot. I refuse to leave my computer without finishing.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Yes, I type on a computer and edit on a computer. I try and keep printing down to a minimum to save paper. I do everything online. The only time I print is if I have to show my drafts around.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I frequent people.com, askmen.com, asylum.com, ivillage.com cnn.com, ibnlive.com and lots of others.
What has been your experience with publishers?
My first experience was far from pleasant, my poetry was rejected. But that's okay because I will not give up. I am in the process of writing my book.
What are you working on now?
My book on a real story.
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?
Read them, show them to a person/people you trust and be open to feedback. You can even publish them or put them in a scrapbook. But make sure you read them and share them.

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Nisha Samson
Mumbai, India

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