Omair Tarique was born on Feb.5, 1997. He is the writer and co-founder at “The Scribbled Stories”, a page which gives an opportunity to writers to write small stories of every kind! Omair also wrote a book called “STRANGER” which was officially released on May 10, 2017. The book promises to be a rollercoaster ride for you all. The book is a collection of nine stories which includes romance, heartbreaks, making choices and many more life-changing experiences. His work on short stories is so deep and touching that whoever has gone through it once, would never miss the book!
In conversation with the author himself:
Q. When did you decide to write the book “STRANGER”?
I started working on the short stories in early 2016 with no definite plans to publish it. By October of 2016, I had around seven stories with me and I started sending out manuscripts to various publishing houses. I was turned down by five publishers, and finally, I let go of this for the time being. But then, my publisher, who used to follow all my write-ups, heard about my plans and was interested in publishing me. Mohit, the editor, and my very close buddy told me that I should have a single theme for all the stories. And that is when the STRANGER came into the picture. I edited the stories accordingly to fit the theme of the book – ‘strangers we meet in our lives’.
Q. Who is your role model in the field of writing, someone you look up to?
I have always looked up to Lars Kepler for the thrillers they have written. They have always had an effect on me. I have often sat down, re-writing what they have written just to be able to think the way they do. They have inspired me in many ways. I say “they” because Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for the writer couple: Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho.
Q. Tell us about your educational background, which school did you go to?
I studied at Ling Liang High School, a school in Kolkata – my city. Right now, I am pursuing literature under Calcutta University, and I am my final year.
Q. Please give us an insight into your book Stranger.
There are 9 stories in total attached to a single theme. There is romance, there is erotica, heartbreak, making choices, strangers who affect our lives, how a series of events can mess other strangers, and then there is murder and conspiracy. And yes, in the end, there is a betrayal of love. I believe, each story has a message to convey about the society we are living in.
Q. What are your future goals? Where do you see yourself in the coming five years?
I have a lot of plans. The Scribbled Stories is soon going to start two more ventures. More details coming soon. Apart from that, I already have a full-length novel coming up. The first draft is ready.
Q. What piece of advice would you give to young students who have just started out in the field of writing?
Write. Write bad stories. Write terrible stories. Write bad art. But write. You don’t get to become Kafka in a day. You write. Your review. You learn. You grow. But never let your writing come above you because then, you think there is nothing to learn which is not true. There is always something to learn in the field of art. So, write. Get your feedback from those who genuinely want to offer you a piece of advice. If you throw stuff at people for feedback, most of them will lie just to shut you up. I have been there. Remember, if not today, then tomorrow. It has to happen.