An exclusive Rapid Fire with Preeti Shenoy who is among the highest selling authors in India. She is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India. She has authored 13 bestsellers. Shenoy is also a motivational speaker, having given talks in many premier educational institutions and corporate organisations like KPMG, ISRO, Infosys and Accenture and others. An avid fitness enthusiast, she is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journals.
At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I wrote my first book at the age of 7.
What is your ‘if you don’t like this, you can’t be my friend’ book?
The question should be ‘If you like a book by this author, you can’t be my friend’. (And not I am not naming the author(s) ) heh heh!
The last book you bought?
The Tattooist of Aushcwitz
What did you do with your first advance?
Went towards my children’s education.
A book you wish you had written?
Any of Michael Morpurgo’s books.
Characters or Plot?
It’s like asking Hands or legs. Both.
Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
A leaf from a succulent.
Favourite writing snack?
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Books by Indian women authors. Try reading Kiran Manral and Madhuri Banerjee.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Doorbell or phone calls. GRRR.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
To travel to places to do my research,
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
The one I am currently writing and thousands of ideas waiting to turn into books.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Of course. I am only human!
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I’d be a farmer.