Hiba Maria

Striving to do better each day.


Three things people don’t know about you?

I don't have many secrets, I'm an open book. I love being on my own and I like select company. I like being busy and crossing off checklists.

What’s your greatest fear?

Being trapped in a tiny elevator.

What is your greatest achievement?

Getting every cat to like me.

High point of your life?

Moving to beautiful Coonoor in the Nilgiri Mountains.

Low point of your life

Getting infected by the dengue virus.

Which living person do you most admire?

Noam Chomsky

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Sam Gamgee

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Mojo Jojo

Who are your favorite authors?

Tolstoy, George Eliot, JK Rowling, Tolkien, Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Roald Dahl, Dan Brown, Arundhati Roy, Lewis Caroll

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Alice in Wonderland, The Red Badge of Courage, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Old Man and the Sea, The Catcher in the Rye

Is there a book you love to reread?

Pygmalion, I love the style of writing.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Lion King, The Emperor's New Groove, Shrek, Parasite, Shutter Island

One Superpower you wish you had?

Super Strength

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

That's all folks!

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?

Childhood-India, Adolescence-Kenya, Adult years-England, Silver Years-Turkey

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

To be able to read and decipher ancient scriptures.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Red Badge of Courage

When and where do you write ?

I write whenever I get the chance, whenever inspiration strikes. Sometimes in the middle of the night, curled up in bed.

Silence or music?

Silence is underrated.

One phrase that you use most often?

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

"I close my eyes and type in a letter with which to begin writing. Makes it easier to start, even if it doesn't make it to the final draft. A blank page/canvas is intimidating. "

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Harry Potter

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Keep at it.

My name is Hiba Maria, I am happily nestled amongst the woods and tea estates of Coonoor, The Nilgiri Mountains, India.
Living amongst the wilderness blesses me with constant inspiration and a calling towards the pen, the brush and just about every other form of art.
I have a passion for writing and my work reflects mainly on the unpredictability of life and living, with a sort of wry humor and introspection.
Having lived mostly in major cities in India and abroad, I love the solitude of the mountains I now call home.

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