Interviewed for Spillwords Press ‘Spotlight On Writers’ Series!

I am truly grateful to the team at Spillwords Press for taking time to interview me for their “Spotlight On Writers” series! The Spotlight seeks to share interviews with writers published on the site on a regular basis and I find each interview shares an amazing inside look at how different writers regard writing, explore the world through their words, and find inspiration.

I love it when people talk about themselves and share interesting stories. I love rambles and creative musings, but I also appreciate how the mind unconsciously brings forms of order to how we present our life stories; there cannot help but be a distinguishable flow in how we link images and sequence events.

In this six question interview, I seek to answer in as many words as it takes to satisfy my understanding of the question. The following is an excerpt of the interview.

Where do you hail from?

I was born in a small historical city called Lexington almost nineteen years ago but have lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for the past thirteen years. As my mother is from Pakistan, I also enjoy knowledge of a different kind of motherland.

What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

I love small-town charm and old-world rust. Living where I do, I am able to experience both the cozy mystery stories of a small city as well as the old pioneering and settler stories of the mountain people whose families have lived here for generations.

What turns you on creatively?

Among the many little things that turn on the words in me, people watching inspires me. Walking the street I notice the oddly colored scarf, the sad grey eyes of the woman waiting at the crosswalk, and the happily joined hands of a father and his young son. These observations find place in my writing.

Untold stories also inspire me. The stories in the tumble-down houses quietly dying in the mountains or old soda bottles and quaint vintage jewelry become tales I must tell . . .

In the final three questions, I use my favorite word in a poetic sentence, talk a little bit about my pet peeves, and share what I believe defines me. Please continue reading here and do share your beautiful thoughts!

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  1. This is a really great way of getting yourself out there, for people to learn about you & your writing and for people to find your work! A really lovely interview. Congratulations Xo

    Elle –

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  2. Wow….so great to know you were interviewed on such a prestigious platform..and even more wonderful to know more about you. I love the word you love currently… ‘intriguing’… 😍❀️

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  3. A lovely interview, Jaya, and wonderful to find out a little more about you – you are also very intriguing! And this phrase, “the tumble-down houses quietly dying in the mountains” is so evocative for me, it reminds me of the ghost villages in Turkey after their Greek families were forced to leave.


  4. Congratulations on getting an interview in Spillwords Press πŸ‘πŸΎ

    I too can’t stand hypocrites. Some people you can forgive because they’re small things or accidental. But there’s some that seem to go out their way to do the opposite of what they claim to stand for.

    Furthermore, people who blindly follow faith or a belief without applying rational thinking bug me too. Especially those that do stuff solely because it’s tradition.

    Out of interest, what’s the historical significance of Lexington?

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    1. Ahh, I so love that you share my thoughts on hypocrites and blind followers! I have a lot of respect for intentional action.

      Lexington is home to both the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. Many a Southern General during the American Civil War, including Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, passed through or put down roots in Lexington. The streets and many of the oldest houses are named after old southern families too. The city is, in my eyes, a walkable history lesson. πŸ™‚

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  5. Awesome, congratulations Jaya. You are an inspiration, so glad you got this. Can’t wait to see the answers to the rest of your interview questions. Just like you, I love untold stories. Sometimes I take a walk and I see old abandoned cars, it makes me wonder where that car had been when it was new, praises and chants of the car, who drove it, why it was abandoned and many more.

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