33% of you want to be au­thors

Preeti Shenoy, au­thor of Tea For Two And A Piece Of Cake and Life Is What You Make It

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CAREER -

She is one of In­dia’s best­selling (and most pop­u­lar) au­thors, who got her break while writ­ing a blog that sky­rock­eted her to na­tional fame, and led to

sub­se­quent book deals.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

“My first at­tempt at writ­ing a full length novel was at the age of 10! Years later, I got suc­cess with my sec­ond book, and that’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.”

Be­ing an au­thor is your dream job be­cause...

“I am my own boss. I have to­tal cre­ative free­dom—I can play God! My work is ther­apy for me, I for­get

ev­ery­thing when I write.”

What is your ad­vice to as­pir­ing au­thors?

“Ask yourself what kind of writ­ing you want to do. Then study the work al­ready done in that genre that has won lit­er­ary awards. You will get a fair idea of the kind of writ­ing it re­quires. Make your read­ing wide and var­ied. Join a writ­ers’ group, take classes, and just keep writ­ing!”

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