Priya Arun Gaikwad

Millennial, Sassy Scorpio, Cool-Fun-Aunt, Tiny Woman, Mother of Idiots (Read: Professor), Apocalypse Lover

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Three things people don’t know about you?

I wanted to be an astronaut, I suffered from sleep paralysis in my early 20's, I'm the only one in my family who hasn't been on a plane yet

What’s your greatest fear?

Loneliness

What is your greatest achievement?

When I'll publish a fantasy fiction story that would be my greatest achievement

High point of your life?

When people will read and love my fantasy fiction series that would be the highest point of my life.

Low point of your life

In 2016 when I got sick with bronchitis and couldn't get better for a long time. I had completely given up and thought I would never get better. That whole experience taught me how important one's health is over anything in life.

Which living person do you most admire?

Apart from my parents (which is obvious) J.K. Rowling. Despite all the criticism she faces for expressing her opinions I love and admire that woman.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Harry Potter. Because when I was down in my life Harry came as a savior and gave me hope.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Joker. He's a perfect villain for me because there's magic in his madness and his words make more sense in this insane world

Who are your favorite authors?

J.K Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, Suzanne Collins, Mario Puzo, Moni Mohsin, Khalid Hosseini, G R R Martin, Samantha Downing, Gillian Flynn, Meg Cabot, Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murthy, Paulo Coelho

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Lolita, Harry Potter series, The Kite Runner, Shopaholic series, 1984

Is there a book you love to reread?

Harry Potter series

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Silence of the Lambs, Black Swan, Little Women (2019), My Little Bride (Korean), A Few Good Men

One Superpower you wish you had?

Invisibility

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

She is standing by the window, her eyes up in the sky, waiting for the aliens

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?

I would love to go back to Ancient Egypt and spend my adult life there as a ruler. But when it comes to childhood I would always prefer to spend it in the 90's with my grandfather alive and with us.

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

Painting or Writing songs

Which book you wish you had written ?

Gone Girl

When and where do you write ?

Whenever there's a great story idea I begin writing sitting on the couch or bed till my fingers tire.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

I don't care

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Yes, if I don't write at least once in 3-4 days then I feel like I'm committing a sin

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Fairy tales

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write almost everyday and read everything and anything.

I'm an Assistant Professor teaching Mass Media for 5 years. I'm a neurotic and paranoid person who spends more time on Netflix than interacting with other humans. I can't focus on one thing at a time and you can find me reading a book, watching a TV show, and browsing on Instagram at the same time.

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