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20 Writerly Questions Series: Anosh Irani

abstract:The "Writerly Questions Series" is brought to you courtesy of Random House Canada who partners with BookBuffet. Look for this feature each Monday. The idea is we ask different authors the same set of questions designed to give readers a glimpse into the lives and writing mechanics of authors. It is fascinating to compare and contrast when you check the list to date at bottom.

Today we feature Anosh Irani. Anosh Irani was born in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998. He is the author of the acclaimed novel The Cripple and His Talismans. His play The Bombay Plays: Bombay Black & The Matka King won the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2006 for Best New Play or New Musical. His newest novel is Dahanu Road.

1. How long did it take you to write this book?
The idea came to me in the form of a single image -- that of a bottle cork -- about 7 years ago, but the actual writing took three years.
2. How many drafts do you go through?
Each novel is different. For this one, I must have done about 5 drafts. Maybe more.
3. If there was one book you wish you had written what would it be?
A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry.
4. If you could talk to any writer living or dead who would it be, and what would you ask?
If I had a chance to meet someone from the past, it wouldn't be a writer; it would be the prophet of the Zoroastrians, Zarathushtra. But he did compose sacred hyms, so one can call him a poet.
5. Did you always want to be a writer?
Not at all. I didn't want to be anything. Ambition seemed like a lot of work.
6. If your book were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?
Johnny Depp. (But I don't have a part for him in it.)


April 25, 2010

7. Do you have a guilty pleasure read?
Comics. But I don't feel guilty reading them. Tintin, Asterix, and a series of Indian comics called Amar Chitra Katha (based on Indian mythology) have fantastic stories.
8. What’s on your nightstand right now?
Mosquito repellant. I'm in India right now.
9. What is the best gift someone could give a writer?


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