IHC Interview: Kashish Kaur Doesn’t Like Tropes

Kashish Kaur is an author of the Indian horror anthology novel, City of Screams, which is available now. The book is about urban horror – a refreshing change from the rural and rustic backdrops of most Indian horror novels. We caught up with Kashish and had a tete-a-tete with her. Here’s the interview:

Kashish Kaur

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am Kashish Kaur aka Krimson Ravyn, the author of India’s first horror and Gothic Poetry collection, Blood and Beloved. I won third prize in the Readify Author Hunt (season 1) in the Fantasy/Sci-fi/Mythological fiction category. Currently, I am working and pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree from IGNOU. I write primarily in fantasy and horror genres. I am keen on experimentation when it comes to fiction writing.

  1. How did you become a part of this anthology?

I followed Neil D’Silva in November 2016. We became Facebook friends through NaNoWriMo. I am awe-inspired by the work he has done for the Indian Literary Industry. A few months back, I saw him share a post about the anthology on his Facebook page and I knew that I had to participate. To work with him was an opportunity I did not want to miss.

  1. What is your story about?

My story, His Pretty Face, is about a woman reminiscing her love for her husband. Her story is about the twisted moralities, and the ugliest side of human psyche. It is a psychological horror, set in an urban setting.

  1. How did you come up with this story? Were you inspired by events?

I love writing about characters with warped minds. The thought process one goes through, the mania, the flirtation of insanity within little things that characters intrigue me.

  1. How long did it take you to come up with the final draft of the story?

I finished writing the first, second, and final draft within two hours. It sounds impossible, but I could manage it because of the short length of the story. Once the second draft was complete, I had to work on the precision to finalize the story.

  1. Anthologies aren’t as popular in India as abroad. Any apprehensions signing up?

Although anthologies are not a trend in India, I had  no doubts about submitting for this anthology because Neil D’Silva was the editor of the project. Any chance to work with him is an opportunity, if not a blessing!

  1. What other genres interest you?

I love fantasy, horror, gothic fiction! Lately, I have also developed an interest in the sci-fi genre.

  1. Any plans to write a full-fledged novel?

Definitely! I have been working on the plots of various fantasy series  Currently I am working on a  novel. It is definitely going to be a treat for horror readers among other folks!

  1. The author market is choc-a-bloc today. What’s your take on that?

Writers have to create something original. How many times do we come across a  plot line in a novel, which is actually a trope? It seems as if every idea has been thought before, everything has been said before. So authors have to come up with things that are not only unique but extraordinary. This makes your content stand out.

  1. What would you tell a budding writer?

 Just three words – Read. Research. Write.

  1. Which particular novel would you recommend to others?

 Harry Potter series, anytime!

  1. Any writer you’d like to see succeed?

              Would it be arrogant to take my name here?

  1. What’s your favorite horror film?

               The Autopsy of Jane Doe

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