Siddhi Kamble

Author, student, poet, artist, dancer, travel enthusiast

Sun Sign

Leo

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am currently learning Kathak, I am obsessed with all books and movies that are based on The Holocaust, I absolutely love animals

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing my loved ones. I cannot possibly imagine anything worse than that.

What is your greatest achievement?

Completing my first book.

High point of your life?

I have many, the most recent being signing my first publishing contract with Leadstart!

Low point of your life

The writer’s block I had to deal with in the course of getting this book written. It’s a pretty sad and dark phase and I even considered giving up.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire many people, but my parents top the list. Apart from family and friends, I have grown to admire Michelle Obama after having read her autobiography.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Atticus Finch. If he were a real person, I would thank him.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Joker

Who are your favorite authors?

Khaled Hosseini, Dan Brown, Paulo Coelho, Sudha Murthy, Kathryn Stockett, Harper Lee, J. K. Rowling

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help, Schindler’s List, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Da Vinci Code

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Help. I fell in love with the characters, especially Minny. Also, if Skeeter was a real person, we would be best friends since we share so much in common!

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Life is Beautiful, Schindler’s List, The Green Mile, The Help (the movie did justice to the book!), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

One Superpower you wish you had?

Something similar to Isoke’s. If you don’t know what Isoke’s superpower is, I suggest you go and read the book ;)

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

My epitaph would read: She now has 21 dogs and is happier than she ever was

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?

For my childhood, I’d go back to the 1970s Mumbai. As an adolescent, I’d take myself to London. I would love to spend my adult life in a village in Europe, where I’d have a huge farm and several pets and farm animals. I would then want to spend my silver years in Norway, with my dogs and cats.

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

Singing. I am a bathroom singer, but I really could use some talent and be able to sing in front of a crowd without doubting myself.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Help.

When and where do you write ?

I don’t have a fixed place. As long as the place is quite and has WiFi (for research purposes), I’m good.

Silence or music?

If I wish to escape reality, I choose music. If I'm amidst nature, I choose silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

I honestly don’t know. I can’t think of phrases that I use commonly, but you’ll hear me use “um”, “21” and “doggos” a lot.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Nope.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Indian romance novels.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

As cliché as it may sound, please don’t give up half way. I bet you’ll know no joy greater than writing the last line of your book!

"Siddhi Kamble is a teenager who lives in Mumbai and has always found herself engrossed in writing - be it poems, articles, essays or short stories. Her other interests include Kathak and sketching. She is a proud student of one of India's most reputed colleges.
Her love for the English language inspired her to write a full-length novel. Having won prizes for her written works, she considered taking a step further and eventually ended up completing her first-ever novel at the age of 16. Being a student of both psychology and sociology helped in adding value to her words, as she takes a keen interest in societal problems and individual reactions to them. Driven by curiosity about different cultures and traditions practised all over the world, she conducted thorough research on the Kenyan ways of living in the course of writing this novel.

An admirer of classic novels and movies as well, they happened to have influenced her imagination. An ambivert by nature, she believes in embracing the beautiful being that one already is - and the novel deals with the very same concept. In order to convey the message of being comfortable in one’s own skin, she couldn't think of a better way than writing a book on the same.
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