Sowmya Putta

Sun Sign

Cancer - The Crab

Three things people don’t know about you?

1. I am obsessively organized 2. Love to steal a few power naps here, there, everywhere! 3. On one side, I am hungry for spiritual growth and on another, I love scientific research.

What’s your greatest fear?

I‘ll do anything if that can ensure I will never wake me up in a forest filled with snakes crawling all around me! Of course even a cockroach or a lizard is enough to scare me!

What is your greatest achievement?

Life is in the small things. For me, every moment lived with complete awareness in spite of the mind buzzing in the background is a remarkable achievement.

High point of your life?

No doubt - Student life! Every moment spent with friends is unforgettable. Long chats that begin after midnight that stretches almost until next morning, watching the same movies again and again to the extent that you even know the flaws of the junior artists as well, late entry to hostel and then begging the guards to let us in, bunking classes to have samosas and dosas in the canteen – the concept which your day scholar friends can never understand, fighting with your best buddies till you have your favorite song played, or having fun watching others fight for silly things, nonstop laughter, last minute revision with your besties even as you are running towards the exam hall, and the list goes on... now I am getting nostalgic…

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire not one but two people. They wouldn’t believe it and I can’t imagine the look on their face when they read this. But, let me spill the beans for you - My husband for being an ocean of patience and my son for his unwavering optimism.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Aaarrrggghhh! I can’t stand the villains. I hate them all!

Who are your favorite authors?

I adore Ayn Rand for her deep thinking, Roald Dahl for his lively and vivid imagination and Austin Kleon for his approach towards creativity.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Ender’s Game, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Atlas Shrugged, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone

Is there a book you love to reread?

Yes! All of my favorite books

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Ender’s Game, Beautiful Mind, Life is Beautiful, Lagaan and City of Angels

One Superpower you wish you had?

Life would be a cakewalk if only I could make people do what I want them to

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

A happy spirit who loved to laugh all the time!

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

How cool it would be to see your entire audience completely mesmerized as you deliver an awe-inspiring speech!

Which book you wish you had written ?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Silence or music?

Silence - Always!

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I would love to pick up Geronimo Stilton and give it a quick read during anytime of the day!

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Stick around! Writing is a long journey and there is no set path to follow. It’s not always easy to find your own way (though that’s the beauty of writing. It makes you turn inwards and listen to your heart for a moment), but trust me, you forget all about it the moment you hold your first published book in hand. All right! That’s more than one sentence. You can’t expect creative people to follow rules. Can you?

Sowmya Putta, a software engineer by profession, made a shift from programming to creative writing after working for over a decade at IT firms.

She is equally fascinated by the powers of spiritual masters and fantasy fiction. A unique blend of both culminated into an exciting book, her debut novel - The Invincible Weapon.

You can often find her actively hunting, within and without, equipped with a pen and a book, for anything and everything interesting enough to weave exciting stories. When she is not doing that, she is mostly travelling, writing poetry, immersed in sketching or sleeping peacefully.

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