What prompted you to write stories? When did you start writing them?
A dear school friend - Ms Nikita Mehra introduced me to the fantastic world of Harry Potter. We parted soon after, as she was shifting to a new home. Nevertheless, her parting words were,
"No matter if we ever meet again ... do read Harry Potter!"
I obeyed and was thoroughly mesmerized by J K Rowling and her wonderful series of Harry Potter.
Once, while reading one of those books, my heart wished to write like J K Rowling.
Thus, I wrote some short stories and published few Features, Articles, Book Reviews and finally came up with my self-published mystery novels - The Mystery Crackers: A Chest's Tale and The Mystery Crackers: Tattooed Music.
Are the protagonists in your story - the fraternal twins inspired by someone in your real life?
Absolutely! Prash - tranquil yet wise is inspired by my creative friend - Mr Prachant Machhar, while Nish - mischievous yet sharp is drawn from my great buddy - Mr Nishant Jadhav. Both were kind enough to lend their first names and personalities for my protagonists. Of course, I added a few more traits to both the characters.
Who is your idol and why?
J K Rowling is my idol as she twirled the creative writing juices inside me and headed me towards my passion.
What difficulties did you face while you started writing and how did you overcome them?
There were difficulties but I took them as challenges and converted them into opportunities.
Why stories for kids?
I used to teach Creative English to kids and I wanted to write something special for them. Thus, I penned these stories.
What is your favourite genre apart from fiction for kids?
Fantasy! Especially ... Magic after falling in love with Harry Potter!
What is the message you would want to give it to your readers?
Read, not just to improve your command over English but also to experience every bit of life in the entire universe. In today's fast times, reading will gift you those memorable experiences that you may not encounter in your day-to-day lives.
10 or 20 years down the line, where do you wish to see yourself?
10 years down the line, I wish to see myself as a Bestselling Author, while 20 years down the line, I wish to see myself as the most loved Writer.
Have you had an opportunity to interact with budding or established Authors? If yes, what was your takeaway from them?
Yes, I have had a few opportunities to interact with some amazing Authors like Nikita Tak, Vishal Ajmera, Ashish Ningunkar and Abhinav Kaushik. Each one of them have given me beautiful tips to do justice to my passion.
When is your next book expected to be released?
Writing a book can take a week, a month, half a year or several decades. It depends on the level of ideas, research and creative inputs.
I do hope to release The MysteryCrackers: The Ritzy Maartle as soon as possible.
Do read the review of Jinal's book by clicking here