About the Authors
A John Green fan, Vandit Mehta is an engineering graduate from IITRAM Ahmedabad. He works full time in social media and is also the co-founder of the Instagram page @thesolaces which currently has more than 55k followers. He loves writing poetry and dreams of being a full time novelist one day.
He looks for home in every place he visits and likes being called by his pen name vk. He posts his poems and stories on Instagram @glimpsebyvk.
Mahek likes to write stories so much that she keeps imagining things in her head every day. She tends to find happiness in little things and over-thinks a lot. When the words in her head keep her up at night, it is the words in the books that lull her to sleep. She once read the book The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and now you can find her on any platform with the username @wallflower_mint.
1 What are your interests other than writing?
Vandit: I like to watch movies, read and create relatable content on social media.
Mahek: I have always loved reading and swimming. Attending live comedy shows is my most recent and current interest.
2 What inspires you in life?
Vandit: What inspires me is that there is someone who is working hard to become an inspiration.
Mahek: I believe that anybody can achieve whatever they want in life if they keep working on it dedicatedly. The people who made it large also started from zero. And… “If they can do it, why can’t I?”
3 How often do you write?
Vandit: Not quite often but whenever I do, I make sure it’s all real, I don’t write until it kicks me from inside.
Mahek: I work as a content writer for a private firm to ensure that I get some words out every day even if it isn’t a story. Writing fiction isn’t a regular practice for me yet but I am working to make it a daily practice.
4 Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
Vandit: I write only when it comes from within, you will find me not writing anything for months. No set schedules but I like to write on late nights with a cup of coffee.
Mahek: I do not have a set schedule for writing. I have written some of my best lines either very early in the morning or very late at night – mostly when everyone else is asleep.
5 What other genres do you enjoy reading?
Vandit: I have always been a fan of young adult books. I like reading contemporary books, memoirs and romance.
Mahek: My favourite genres for reading are mystery and fantasy, they always leave me craving for more. I also enjoy children’s books because they tend to teach you a lot in a simple way.
6 Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
Vandit: I haven’t intended too but many of my friends and family have told me that Dev, the protagonist of my book, is a lot like me.
Mahek: I haven’t written any characters based on me, but I usually give every character some of my traits or traits of someone I know. I think this makes them more real and relatable.
7 Can you tell us about your current projects?
Vandit: I am currently not working on any projects as of now, still trying to find and explore myself with stories.
Mahek: I have recently started writing a new book and I am very excited about it. Although I don’t know when it will be finished, I can tell you one thing for sure: it will have superheroes.
8 If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?
Vandit: I would like to write about mystery once, the thought of writing a mystery novel intrigues me.
Mahek: I think a funny book full of puns and innuendos would be a joy to write.
9 What does literary success look like to you?
Vandit: If there’s a reader who loves your book and messages you via social media just to say they like your book, that’s the only success I am looking for.
Mahek: When people start downloading pirated copies of my book from the internet, I think that would be the highest form of success.
10 A message for all the readers?
Vandit: Here’s hoping that every time when it gets too dark, you will find a home between the pages of our book.
Mahek: Be the superhero of your own life.
11. 5 books that one must read in a lifetime?
Vandit: A Man Called Ove – Frederick Backman
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Looking For Alaska – John Green
Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy