The Literature Hub
Kersie Khambatta has just published his debut book, Pandu the Dabbawalla and Other Simple Short Stories. If short stories are your thing, maybe you could check out his book.
When did you start writing?
I started writing about twenty years ago. I then took writing courses to improve my skills. I write short stories. I have recently published my first ebook: “Pandu the Dabbawalla and other simple short stories” on Amazon.
What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
How many books have you written, and which is your favourite?
I have written only one book, and that is the ebook referred to above. [From Pandu the Dabbawalla and other simple short stories,] Seat 13, Pandu the Dabbawalla, and King Postie are my favourites.
Do you have a favourite author?
Yes. I love the novels of Charles Dickens. (But he wrote in a different style, which is not enjoyed by many readers today). He has, however, not influenced my writing. My style is that I write in short, simple, crisp sentences, which are easy to read and enjoy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I aim to get at least 5 books published. I have already sent the manuscript of a proposed illustrated children’s book to two leading international publishers, and am awaiting their response. I am working on a second one.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes, I do read my reviews. I respond to both the good and the bad reviews. I advise authors to respond to bad reviews in a positive way, by taking on board sensible remarks, and trying to improve.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read good literature. Ideas will come to you. Keep on writing. Don’t despair. You will succeed.
How alike are you and your characters?
My characters are not like me. I blend my characters into the plot and the action.
How do you come up with your characters?
I pick up my characters from real life, from people I know or have heard of, or from the media. I am a practising lawyer. So I know the legal system. It is easy for me to create an imaginary court scene, based on what I see and hear every working day. That gives reality to the short stories, and makes them interesting.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To stop wars, and bring love and peace always into this troubled world.