Aastha Atray - I Am Inspired by Love Itself, and the Havoc and Happiness It Causes (Author from India)

Aastha Atray

Write, and be authentic.

1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I am an army officer's daughter, and I grew up around the country. I studied English at Miranda House in Delhi, and then joined Asian Age as an intern. and then have progressed from there. I have worked at Elle, Open magazine, Tehelka, DNA, and now, I am the editor of Sunday Midday.

Along the way, I wrote 5 books, including a Mills & Boon, started two podcasts, one a Spotify original, and have sung 5 original songs.


2. When did you decide you wanted to be an author?


I think ever since I was a child, I knew I had to write. First clue: I used to write adventure stories about me and my friends, on sheaves of paper and hand it to them. 


3. Is it a financially stable career?


Journalism and writing pay the bills, but it's not lucrative unless you are top of your field. So it needs to be a passion.


4. Who is your favourite writer and why?


Haruki Murakami, as he makes me go into another world, and talks of love, which is my favourite topic.


5. Where does your inspiration lie?


Everyone around me--I ask people about their lives a lot. I am inspired by love itself, and the havoc and happiness it causes. These days, I am on a spiritual journey, so topics of the universe and its power inspire me. 


6. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring authors?


Just write the story--don't waste time thinking about flowery words, or who will read it. Write, and be authentic.


7. Which is your favourite book and why?


Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, because it's mind-blowingly intricate and surreal, and makes me get into that world completely. 


8. How do you manage to handle multitasking as you are doing so many things at the same time?


They are all connected to my original passions--love and writing. So it's like a tree from the same root. And I just do, I don't question myself. I do it, put it out in the world, and then start the next thing.

Aastha Atray

 

-Aastha Atray

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