A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Mandira Pattnaik

Fevers of the Mind

Q1: When did you start writing and who influenced you the most?

Mandira: My first publication, a poem, was in a national daily when I was in middle school. Then for over 20 years I didn’t write anything. Life events prompted me to return to writing and now it feels great to be a published writer. I look to read widely, across genres and authors, and try not to get influenced by any particular style or writer.

Q2: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Mandira: I had a secret wish to be a writer for as long as I can remember

Q3: Who has helped you the most with writing and career?

Mandira: My mom is a great storyteller, so that surely influenced me as a kid. Reading contemporary writers has greatly helped with my writing and career.

Q4: Where did you grow up…

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