Rapid Fire with Soniah Kamal

Soniah Kamal is an exceptional Pakistani-American writer. She is the author of two novels, An Isolated Incident and Unmarriageable.

At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?


Never wanted to be a writer.

What is your ‘if you don’t like this, you can’t be my friend’ book?


None- variety is the spice of life.

The last book you bought?


Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer.

What did you do with your first advance?


Stared at it in disbelief.


A book you wish you had written?


The next one I write.


Characters or Plot?


Both are the same for me.


Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?


A cardamom- but it smelled so nice!


Favourite writing snack?


My fingernails.


What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?


Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native

What is your writing Kryptonite?


A deadline.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?


On laptops

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?


Too many.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?


No, the inside counts always, but I do pick up based on cover.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?


Actress.