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Fiction Writer Interview – Question 3

Happy Wednesday to you all!

Hope reading and writing are giving you joy, peace, and satisfaction.

Writing is a passion that fills the empty spaces in life. Plenty of those.

This is the third question from my interview with Ms. Riya Yadav.

If you missed the second question – Can Fiction be Reality? – then please watch it here.

What Influences a Person to Begin Reading?

I’m sure each one of you will answer this differently. Watch me give my own reason for this.

Opinions, experiences, and thoughts that you can relate to.

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43 Comments on “What Influences a Person to Begin Reading?

    • Haha! Thanks a lot, John. The only person one is allowed to laugh at is oneself. If you can do that, you are set to go. 🙂

  1. I loved your interview and your answers. I have to admit though I was snickering to myself at your comments overhead, that was really quite hysterical. I tend to be very self critical when watching myself in an interview as well. I watch my interview almost an hour with Susi Bocks and I was playing with my hair like a teenager. I’m not surprised that you like science fiction.

    I also wanted to tell you I liked your movie very much, I’m going to have to look and see if I can find more. That was very powerful and well done. Thank you for sharing. Sending you big hugs, Joni

    • Thanks so much, Joni. I like laughing at myself. I think it makes me feel lighter and more able to tolerate and accept life and its various situations. I am self critical too, but have tried to be nicer to myself. Get me talking about reading and writing and I won’t shut up. I’m glad that you enjoyed the humor. And thank you for appreciating the short videos and films I make. Haven’t been able to make any new ones lately. But it definitely is a part of my agenda, a dream that fills me with peace and joy. Lots of joy, peace, and love. 🙂

      • You are so welcome. You are really talented and I think that a lot of artists of every kind are often self critical. You seem like a natural in front of the camera, very comfortable. I thought your words on the top of your page were hilarious. You probably could have been a film maker. I was really impressed. Impactful. Sending lots of hugs, love and prayers for family. It is a difficult time for people right now with this crazy war. We are fortunate that we can write as an outlet. I believe you said something like that and it is true. ❤️🤗

  2. That was a lot of fun, plus it got me thinking. I think having my mother read a lot to me showed me the power of books to open up the world, and got me started reading as soon as I could. I remember liking mysteries and detective stories, which I guess makes sense because life is a big old mystery, and I was curious to figure things out. Probably how I got into science later on as well.

    • That’s a wonderful reading journey which eventually led to self-discovery. And yes, life is a grand old mystery which tends to get more stubborn and complicated as one solves it. haha. Curiosity should never dwindle. It’s an important trait that makes life more interesting. Thanks so much, Bob. 🙂

  3. I think those reading days created this writer in you. And, you absolutely talented in what you do. Loved the answers.

  4. Terveen, you are so talented. I just watched the Only Key and was captivated. So powerful and emotional, yet so clean. Amazing!

    • Thank you so much, Monika. I really appreciate it. There’s so much that I want to do in filmmaking. So many issues and subjects to be touched. Thank you again for being so kind. 🙂

  5. I knew you had to be a Stephen King fan! Skeleton Crew was is one of my favorite short-story collections by any writer (as was King’s first short-story collection titled Night Shift). King was hugely influential on my fiction writing when I was younger, and the whole supernatural horror genre you mentioned was right up my alley, too. Heck, to me it sounds like you were super-cool as a kid/teenager–not weird at all. This installment of the interview was a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing yourself with us, Terveen. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Mike! I agree! Skeleton Crew is awesome. That book made me realize that horror and suspense can be so much more than I actually anticipated. And we’re definitely cool now if we weren’t before. Writers are in a separate league and they know how to show it. Haha! I appreciate your energy and support. Keep writing! 🙂

  6. I adore these Q&A’s, Terveen. You are so funny, and so thoughtful and meaningful about what you are communicating. I’m thinking of using your technique of adding captions to the videos I do for work, so I can have one that reads, and, how many times did I say um, or, you know….hahaha. Wonderful interview! ☺️

    • That’s really sweet of you to say, Jeff. I think captions are a great idea and make the video more engaging and meaningful. Humor has a way of leaving a slight dent. And ‘you know’ you’ve actually made my day. Thanks a ton! 🙂

  7. Great answer. Who needs friends anyway when you have books? I started reading as a kid to forget about my home planet. And then later to try and bridge some sort of intellectual gap that I imagined existed between me and everyone else when I dropped out of high school. But books are amazing. The best is when you find one that feels like home. That’s hard to explain but you know what I mean. You have any books that you go back to like that as a sort of comfort thing?

    • I know exactly what you mean, Tony. That familiar and comfortable place with all those awesome characters and a story that you wish you could dive into and exit at any time. I’ve often imagined stories progressing beyond the endings and depending on my own life story at the time, I’ve found so much comfort in alternate worlds and have learned a lot from them. I think you are as intellectual as intellectual gets. A lot of ‘well educated’ people have no clue where they’ve come from or where they’re going. At least we can write a story from start to finish. Haha. Never doubt your own awesomeness. 🙂

      • Thanks a lot, Terveen! That’s very kind of you to say. I really appreciate all your lovely encouragement!

    • Think this was a wonderful interview with zoom screens now the norm but the captions certainly made it luke breaking news and caught the attention. I have to do a short talk soon about reading and our own reading journeys. You give me another pov into this and will mention your video. Thanks

      • Thank you so much, Georgina. I appreciate your kindness and am glad that I was able to make it slightly more interesting. I wish you luck for your talk. 🙂

  8. The affinity for Ghosts and supernatural comes across so vividly in your stories, now we got to the know the reason why! wonderful interview and the thought blurbs as you speak are like an icing on the cake 😀😀

    • Haha! Thank you so much, Deepak. Takes a nutty demeanor to write nutty stories. But then, we all are so much more than we actually anticipate. I appreciate your constant support. 🙂

  9. I wish I could read fantasy or Frankenstein. I couldn’t. The only one I like is Stephen King, but I like him not because of the supernatural elements, but rather the description of fear and dread. So true. I started reading because it is something that can make me forget reality, which is always so inferior when compared with a fictional world. Of course the acrimonious fights between my parents was another element. I could forget their existence when I immersed myself in books.

    • You did what you could as a child to save yourself from pain, Haoyan. And the best place to be is inside a book and a wonderful story. Reality does seem to be so sour, dull, and saddening. Give me fiction any day. Thanks so much and take care. 🙂

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  11. I love your honesty in this interview, Terveen, especially about how your childhood experiences moved you towards the solace of books. I think fiction creates that world and safe space for many children and maybe created that first step for many writers.

    • Thank you so much, Davy. Books are the safest place I have found in life. Is that good, bad, or sad? I’m not really sure. But books are a treasure that couldn’t have been discovered otherwise. Makes me smile. 🙂

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