Giselle Mehta

I am, therefore I Write…


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I am an Associate of Trinity College London in Speech and Drama; Having been a quizzer in my youth inclines me to research the unusual and interesting to form the backgound of my tales; Creativity lies at my core: I write songs/compose music, design interiors/clothes, devise dishes/curate menus, host parties with a difference.

What’s your greatest fear?

An overpopulated planet and its gamut of problems.

What is your greatest achievement?

Thousands of ill and injured animals and birds obtaining refuge and care in two wards I donated to an animal shelter in my city.

High point of your life?

Every day represents a higher point in life's learning curve than the one before.

Low point of your life

The death in 2005 of my very gifted and brilliant mother still feels like a huge loss.

Which living person do you most admire?

Sandra Isobel Kyle, my friend in New Zealand stands out for rare strength and compassion, singing songs to comfort animals during their last minutes on death row.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Black Beauty, the equine hero of Anna Sewell's classic book.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Wackford Squeers in Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickelby".

Who are your favorite authors?

Sophocles, Shakespeare, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Feodor Dostoevsky, Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Richmal Crompton, Lucy M Montgomery,Rohinton Mistry, Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh, William Dalrymple, Carol J Adams

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Siddhartha-Herman Hesse, Of Human Bondage-Somerset Maugham The Agony and the Ecstasy-Irving Stone The Raj Quartet( 4 books)- Paul Scott Freedom at Midnight- Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

Is there a book you love to reread?

Snow Country- Yasunari Kawabata

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

"Gone with the Wind", "Oliver!", "Evita", "A Passage to India", "Nicholas and Alexandra"

One Superpower you wish you had?

To invent feasible alternatives to all products that cause animal suffering.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

"Departed the body, alive on bookshelves…"

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

Atlantis, Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

To make a mega-movie that entertains and educates.

Which book you wish you had written ?

"Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys

When and where do you write ?

On a laptop, propped up by high slanting pillows in bed, whenever the wordsmith wants to hammer and strike.

Silence or music?

Definitely music, which enjoys my engagement and often figures in my novels.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

It feels like a shout-out from the universe when my cat clambers on me and purrs after I've done some challenging writing.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Observe your world, in and out.

Giselle- Novelist, Speaker, Thinker, Entrepreneur, Songwriter, Designer, Tarot-reader, Activist for Animals, Family Person and Friend…

Giselle Mehta has Masters’ degrees in International Relations and English Literature. For 10 years, she was an officer in the Indian Revenue Service. Thereafter, she made the shift to personal independence and the stimulation of a creative life.

Her diverse interests and immersions shape her fiction. It reflects the passions and animations of an ever-evolving persona.

Her debut novel ‘Blossom Showers’ was on the bestseller list for fiction with the Landmark chain of bookstores in India in 2011.

‘Vectors in the Void’ is her second novel.

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