1. Your journey as an author: These stories were written in the last few years, but are based on over 20 years of writing practice. It’s a long and precarious journey as a writer. As an international student from India and then a permanent resident and now an Australian citizen, I’ve always worked numerous day jobs to support my family as a single parent, from waitressing, being a petrol station attendant, door knocking for market research, teaching at university etc, and trying to write fiction. So it is thrilling to finally have a book out in the world.
2. Tell us about your book :" The Permanent Resident”: This is a collection of short fiction where I take great delight in playing with the English language in order to shine a light on the experience of Indians in Australia specifically, and on outsiders more generally. I try to do this with a light touch and a sense of wide-eyed wonder about human relationships in all their frailty and glory.
3. What do you think is the role of a writer/author?: The role of the writer is to chronicle, to imagine, and to enchant, and to preferably to do all three things in different permutations and combinations in every story.
4. Would you like to convey a message to budding authors? Get a day job, keep reading, and keep writing. Like anything, it’s all about practice.