So this post is a very special one as I got to interview another one of my favourite writers Ruby Dhal. Dhal is a philosophy graduate/Author who writes fiction, poetry and book reviews. Her book Memories Unwound is her first poetry book and is finding huge success. She talks about love, heartbreak, pain , revival and healing. It’s a collection of emotional, beautiful, inspiring and heartbreaking poems formed together to allow readers to take a journey and understand their own emotions. Letting go of old memories and stepping forward into the future and creating brand new ones.
At the end of the post I’ll be adding the links to where you can buy ‘Memories unwound’ and her social media pages. I hope you enjoy.
1. When did you first get into writing?
I started writing fiction when I was in year 11. I would write short stories in my diary and keep them locked away in my cupboard so that no one could find them. I started writing poetry around a year and a half ago.
2. What is the inspiration behind your writing?
Writing came as a result of reading. I used to read a lot of books growing up because I wanted to escape from my experiences, reality, and life in general. Then I realised that I could write too. How efficient! I always knew that I had a story to tell, I just didn’t know when I would start to pen it down on paper.
3. Do you have any favourite quotes/passages?
There are so many that it’s hard to pick just one,but here are three of my favourite ones:
Paolo Coelho: ‘And when you want something, all the universe conspires in you achieving it.’ (The Alchemist)
Khalid Hosseini: ‘And that’s the thing with people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.’ (The Kite Runner)
Jane Costello: ‘The worst thing about modern relationships is our expectations. We expect too much. It’s easy to have fireworks in the beginning. It’s easy to fall in love. But we have this unrealistic notion that it’ll always be like that, without hiccups or hard work. I don’t think love needs to race at a hundred miles all the time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it being quieter and low-key.’ (The Wish List)
4. What advice would you give a young aspiring writer?
Don’t ever give up on writing if it makes you happy. Write for yourself more than for anyone else. Write to make sense of your own thoughts and if they make sense to you, they will naturally make sense to others too.
5. What other writers/authors do you look up to?
When it comes to fiction, the list is endless! A few of them would be Nicholas Sparks, JoJo Moyes, Khalid Hosseini, Cecelia Ahern, Nadeem Aslam and so many more.
In poetry it is Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav and Alison Malee.
6. If you didn’t write, what would your career path be?
Teaching. I even started a PGCE (a teacher training course here in the UK) for secondary education but never managed to complete it because I knew that I didn’t want to do anything other than write.
7. What is your favourite childhood book and why?
I absolutely loved Karen McCombie’s series of ‘Ally’s World’ They were my favourite books to read. They were witty, fun, told realistic stories about a crazy and extremely huge family and made me realise why I loved reading books so much – to escape into a different world and delve into the mind of the narrator. If I were to ever write children’s books, I would love to write a series such as ‘Ally’s World’.
8. What are you currently reading now?
‘Undertaking Love’ by Kat French
9. What is your writing process? Do you have a certain routine?
My writing process is all over the place. Sometimes I go out and find myself a coffee-coloured chair and table by the window of a dim lit, sombre cafe and sit down to write for hours. And other times I would be having a shower and an idea will come to me which I rush out to get down on paper.
When it comes to working on projects I have previously started, I read over what I’ve written already to get myself back into the story-world. Once I’ve read and corrected that story, chapter or page that I was on, then I continue working on it. Otherwise I just won’t be able to put myself in the narrators mind again.
10. Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so how do you get yourself motivated again?
Don’t ever believe a writer who says they don’t suffer from writers block! We all do and the only cure for it is to strip yourself away from your work for a while. A day. Two days. A week. No matter how long it takes, that break is necessary. I normally take that break and use it to read other literature in order to get inspired again.
11. What message do you want your readers to take from your writing?
I want them to use those words as an access to a piece of my soul. I want them to take a part of me with them.
12. What are your current/future projects that we can look forward too?
Ah, the exciting stuff! I have been writing my first novel for the past 4 years (intermittently) and it is finally going to be complete by the fall. Just the first draft but that is as good an accomplishment as any for me, seeing as it’s taken me so long to write it. I will look for a traditional publishing house for the novel, so more recent publications – after ‘Memories Unwound’ – will be a short-story collection that I’m working on and a new poetry collection which will come in the fall!
If you want to buy ‘Memories Unwound’ then – click here.
Follow Ruby Dhal on social media;
Instagram – Click here
Twitter – Click here
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you haven’t already purchased this book I highly recommend you do! See you very soon with another blog x