Rosheena Zehra did her bachelor’s in English Literature from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She completed her novel Dreamcatcher in the second year of her graduation, 2011, but decided not to publish it for a couple for years. The book is now slated for release in April, 2016.
- You’ve been gifted with multiple talents, writing being one of them. Tell us something about it?
I’ve been writing since the age of eleven. Even though there’s still immense room for improvement, I’ve matured and evolved a lot over the years. Other than the passage of time, another way to improve as a writer is reading, I think. I try to include it in my daily routine as much as possible.
- What triggered the writer in you and what motivated you to write a book? Did you have a tough time finding publishers?
One fine day, when I was eleven years old, I sat down to write a horror story. Following which, I wrote three more horror/thriller stories. The following year, I was trying to rhyme words into poems. Somewhere along the way I realized how much I loved the entire process. I didn’t mind staying up late at night, giving up on other things that I liked. I was eleven years old when I knew I am going to be a writer. But writing the book is the easiest part. So yes, finding a publisher was hard. Luckily enough, I had to face only few rejections before I found StoryMirror.
- How did you manage your work schedule while writing?
Since Dreamcatcher happened in 2011, my second year of graduation, it was still easier back then as opposed to now. These days I am working seven days a week, juggling a full time job with Dreamcatcher. But I do try and find time to scribble here and there -during metro rides or office breaks.
- Tell us briefly about the book ‘Dreamcatcher’
If I were to sum up Dreamcatcher in one word, it would be ‘repression’; the story is about repression, clinical depression and the consequent madness of the protagonist, Zoya. All her choices are a result of what is expected of her and not what she truly wants. Zoya’s entire life is about getting the approval of those around her, which is fine. In no way am I implying that it’s wrong to make others happy, but I believe there should be a space within, set aside only for the self. Zoya never manages to find this space, both as a cause and effect of repression.
- Here’s a rapid fire for you
- Your worst fear?
*Chuckling* Well, I can’t reveal that.
- What makes you happy?
- The wildest thing you’ve done?
Illegally smuggled a kitten in a six-hour-long train ride when I was twelve-years-old.
- Your lowest point in life
It was six years ago. I’d rather not elaborate.
- Any regrets?
- A piece of advice for your readers
Well, Dreamcatcher uses madness as a comment on society. I am not trying to romanticize madness in the story. I hope my readers are able to see that I am not endorsing the choices made by Zoya in any manner.
Watch the Dreamcatcher teaser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHAtrBJKDKw&feature=youtu.be
To further get in touch with Rosheena, write to her on www.facebook.com/rosheenazehra