Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to introduce children’s and YA author, Harsha Sheelam. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Harsha.
I am children’s book author from Hyderabad, India. I fell in love with writing at an early age thanks to my mother. I have three books to my credit, one young adult novel, and two short stories books. My articles have been featured in magazines, newspapers, and blogs. When I am not writing, I am either playing my sitar or studying business administration.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in high school, but I only began to do it professionally in 2016 when I started working with a Hyderabad based magazine. In about six months I was multi-tasking writing for three companies. I debuted in 2017 with my first book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rabindranath Tagore, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Graham Greene, Shakespeare, Frances Hodgson Burnett, to name a few.
(That’s a really eclectic list – I like it! DMK)
What inspires you to write?
Writing helps me to escape from reality and takes me into this private space where I can do and think what I want without anyone to judge me. The peace, humbleness, and simplicity that writing gives me, is what inspires me to write.
- Which is your favorite book you have written?
I can’t decide a favorite book. I’ve always said that it is like answering the question, “Who is your favorite child?” The learning, experiences, and memories that I have with each of them are so significant. The hard work and perseverance that I put into each can’t help me determine my favorites.
Did you illustrate yourself, or did you hire an illustrator? If an illustrator – tell us a little about them.
I have hired the illustrator in the past. But, I will myself for my next poetry book, which is about healing and is suitable for adults.
What are you working on?
I have finished working on a collection of short stories named ‘Poppydown Pals’. It should hopefully be out mid-year. I am currently working on my poetry book, which are four-line couplets. All those who love R.H Sin, Faraway Poetry, Atticus, will hopefully love these.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
I’d like to read and fix the minds of people who think ‘Girls shouldn’t wear short clothes, be out late, drink, smoke, have tattoos, show skin, have short hair, be dark-skinned, be a housewife, and god forbid if she is dating, she is a gold digger.” The world will be a better place with a superwoman who can change these perspectives for the empowerment of other women.
(Really awesome answer here! Here’s to all the superwomen out there! DMK)
Tell us something unusual about the place you live.
I can’t tell if I’m the only one surrounded by such people or if it is in the rest of the world. Narrow-mindedness, prejudice, judgments, valuing the useless and ornamental, is something very unusual. The world is evolving, evolve your mind too.
(Sadly yes, there are narrow-minded people here in the States too. Agree that we should all evolve. DMK)
Thank you for hanging out with us Harsha. How can readers connect with you and where can we buy your books?
I’m available on online portals of my website, Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon author page.