Bio: Inspiring others was always a part of me. Driven to look at the world in a different way, I kept myself going. I am 22 years old. My father introduced me to the world of books and encouraged me to be an avid reader but died when I was 14. After that my mother took care of my brother and I. Her strong level-headed personality diciplined me to excel at whatever I took up. I graduated from Wilson College in 2014 and am currently working for CreditVidya – an innovative finance tech company. I still write books and am currently on my 8th one called Looking For Answers. I have begun creative writing lectures at schools that invite me to encourage children to write. I love doing that. I am going to pubish one book every year and will always continue to write and inspire others to follow the same path!
GAT: Welcome to Global Asian Times, Dhisti. Tell us something about yourself that not many people are aware of.
Dhisti Desai: I always thought I would be an international pop star when I was younger, but turns out, I’m a writer 5 years later!
GAT: What draws you to the magical world of writing and what does the art of weaving words do for you on a personal level?
Dhisti Desai: I love to read. I never really had a lot of friends, so I didn’t have those wonderful experiences people tend to have while growing up. All the experiences I ever had are the ones I’ve read. After a while, I wanted to have my own experiences, and the only way I thought it was possible was to write about the things I wanted to do. Writing does that for me. It helps transport me into a new world where things are different, yet the same, and I can express myself precisely and make others dream with me.
GAT: What sparked off the idea for your latest book?
Dhisti Desai: Innocent Desire was a pure figment of my imagination and random dreams that came to me while sleeping. I had been watching a lot of Hollywood movies, and I began visualizing my own concept and script. As I wrote one chapter at a time, the book took a different turn, and went on to be something crazy and amazing at the same time!
GAT: Share with us the moment when your heart said to you: “I want to be a writer!”
Dhisti Desai: When I put up Innocent Desire on Wattpad.com and it had 3 lac reads in a few months, I realised I wanted to be a writer.
GAT: What comes to your rescue when you are faced with the notorious “Writer’s Block”?
Dhisti Desai: Surprisingly, I have never had a writer’s block. However, I am moody. If I don’t want to write, I don’t; it delays my flow and story, but why write when I’m not upto it? Eventually, I have diciplined myself, and am currently on my 8th book which I plan to give for publishing soon.
GAT: If one of your books was to be adapted as a Bollywood film, which would it be and why?
Dhisti Desai: I was hoping more like Hollywood, but if Bollywood had to adapt any of my novels it would be my current unpublished one called Looking For Answers.
GAT: Did you have a support group like family, friends or colleagues who believed in your passion for writing?
Dhisti Desai: I had friends and my college who supported my work initially. Then my family also started understanding who I wanted to become and thereafter there was no struggle.
GAT: Aside from writing, what are your other passions?
Dhisti Desai: I love innovating, designing, painting, playing the guitar and travelling solo.
GAT: What role does your native city play in shaping your writings?
Dhisti Desai: Mumbai has always been fast-paced, encouraging, and the right place to be in, to be somebody. The progressive people and the modernity of the city has it’s own charm which shaped my personality and writing style!