Interview with Melita Tessy

When did you first start writing?
I started writing my debut novel when I was 13 and got it published when I was 15. Before that, I wrote a few poems, essays and short stories.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up along the Coromandel Coast of South India in the tropical city of Chennai. Thus, the beach and seas had always been a part of my life. My life constantly floated between my native village and the city, exposing me to both the suburban and urban trends. By the time I was sixteen, I had lived in around a dozen different dwellings and shifted half a dozen schools. Such regular change made me more adapting. It also meant that I had to prepare to leave by the time I settled. I guess the need for company at those times made me turn to books. That proved to be a good choice. It not only provided me company but also made me want to write stories of my own.

And talking about how my stories were influenced by where I lived: I grew up on the earth's crust! And my debut novel revolves around the people of the earth's layers, the Crust, the Mantle and the Core and has an ecological backdrop.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to my debut novel, 'Battle of the Spheres'
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food. Friends. Music. Writing. Love. Life.
Published 2017-08-14.
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