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Authors give tips on how to be successful
BY A STAFF REPORTER November 11, 2017
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SHARJAH: Preeti Shenoy and Maha Khan Phillips, acclaimed authors from India and Pakistan respectively, shared the stage for a jam-packed student session at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The interactive question and answer session they hosted, and which was attended by hundreds of children from across schools in the UAE, gave insight into the authors’ lives and shared tips to help those considering taking up writing.

Starting the conversation, Phillips, who is a financial journalist as well as a bestselling author, said: “I started writing when I was nine years old. I have always been very passionate about writing and enjoy being imaginative.”

As the author of “Beautiful from this Angle” and “The Curse of Mohenjodaro”, she comes up with interesting characters in her stories by posing silly questions to herself.

“I ask myself; ‘what kind of toothpaste brand does my character use?’ and ‘what would be the biggest fight they would have had with their siblings?” she told the students in the hall.

For her turn, Shenoy, who is among the top five bestselling authors in India, interacted with the students and shared her secrets to becoming a successful author.

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