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Shwetha H. S.

Author Interview

An ambivert writer, Shwetha H. S. identifies herself as a daydreamer and a food technologist. Her works have appeared in magazines like Aftermath, UnBound, Indus Woman Writing and others, along with a short story in an urban horror anthology, ‘City of Screams’. She is also a poetess; her works are compiled in ‘Blues Brew Brewery.’ She is currently working on two novels, two novellas, and comics.

"Creator's Image: a short story collection" is her latest work.

Half Papyrus is delighted to have her on board to satisfy the curiosity of our readers!

How would you describe 'Creator's Image' in a nutshell?

Creator's Image is all about human emotions and how the emotions make or break our lives.

Your writing is an inspiration. Where did you get the idea to do a collection of short stories instead of a full-length novel?

I had been putting together this short story collection, Creator's Image, for a few years now. I wanted to present my readers with something they could relate to in a short duration instead of a novel that would take days to finish reading. I wanted my readers to sit and think of what they just read in that same moment instead of trying to recollect the whole novel later.

Are there any easter eggs in your book that only a few people will find?

Oh yes! There are plenty. Each short story is an easter egg to different individuals.

There are so many unique characters in your book. What is the most difficult thing about writing characters for the opposite sex?

The most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex is to not be a cliché. I want my readers to cringe because of what is happening in the story and what the characters are doing, not because of something unrelatable.

Some stories in the book are thoughtful and very emotional, which could actually leave the readers with an afterthought. What is the first book that made you cry?

I haven't read any book that has made me cry because it was so beautifully written, although there have been books that made me cry because they were tiresome. But there is one book that moved me and it is Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. In a way, this book inspired me to write.

"My advice for the budding writers is to hone their storytelling skills before cribbing about not being successful." - Shwetha H. S.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Haha! This is really a difficult question. But if I have to choose one, I would say a rabbit.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?

I take up the PopSugar reading challenge every year. I have been trying to complete it since 2015 and have been failing miserably because I would be spending majority of my time on my day job and writing. I would curse writing for not being able to read and curse reading for not being able to write. I wonder when I would complete this reading challenge.

Being the successful writer that you are, you must have experienced peaks and valleys in your writing career. What advice do you have for budding writers?

Success won't happen to anyone overnight. The ones who have experienced overnight success are extremely rare and they would have put in their efforts somewhere in some form to be where they are. My advice for the budding writers is to hone their storytelling skills before cribbing about not being successful. It may sound harsh, but that is my advice.

"Creator's Image" would definitely pamper our readers with intricacies of complex relationships and mind numbing thoughts. Any last thoughts for our readers?

If the readers are able to relate to even one of the characters in Creator's Image, that is more than enough for me.

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