Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Komali da Silva!
Komali da Silva was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She started writing as a teenager but never took it seriously because her love for basketball and track and field sports was much stronger.
At the age of seventeen she moved to Switzerland. Komali has a degree in Insurance but is dreaming of one day owning her own book cafe.
She adores reading and some of her favorite authors include Lauren Kate, Cassandra Clare, Becca Fitzpatrick, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Cecelia Ahern, J.K. Rowling and Richelle Mead.
She started immortalizing her own words on paper in June 2012.
Komali, her husband and their daughter Amalia now live in Switzerland, where they eat a lot of chocolate and freeze during the winter.
Komali could live on love and happiness if life lets her do so. She laughs a lot and has different smiles for all her moods.
Without further ado, here’s Komali’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? To tell you the truth, I never dreamed of being a writer. I wanted to be a professional athlete. Sometimes life has other plans, and I think it’s our fate which decides what we will become, leaving it up to us to decide whether to take or reject that path.
Why did you choose to write paranormal and urban fantasy? I love reading all kinds of YA books. To see how teenagers fall in love, go through problems and live their stories is fascinating. So I wanted to write the books I wanted to read.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? Abuse. It’s a book I’m still writing. Very strong and hard topic to write.
What are you currently working on? I’m writing Light of Dawn, which will be published on October 2, 2015. And there are four other main projects open. One is a NA, another a NA thriller, the other a Dystopian and the last is a super secret project.
What motivated the plots of the books you write? The plots I write just pop into my head and some aren’t even planned.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I would say the one with abuse, NA thriller.
What process do you use to plan your novels? None, most of the time I know how the book would end. That’s it. Then I just start writing.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? My favorite character until now is Gabriel Christison. He is the sexy, handsome, half Cherokee guy in the Dawn trilogy. He is tough and a badass, but when he loves a girl, then he loves her with all his heart. A hopeless romantic.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Yes, Asima from the Dawn Trilogy.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes, of course. Happened to me two weeks ago. *Head [hits] desk* I kept on writing, although most of the sentences didn’t make any sense. I watched a lot of TV and read a new book. That helped a lot. [Once again, reading sparks creativity. Who knew?]
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? NA, for sure. Because it’s very close to YA and has to deal with coming of age problems.
Which authors inspire you? Lauren Kate, Cassandra Clare, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Cecelia Ahern, J.K. Rowling, Amy Bartol and Richelle Mead.
What novel would you read multiple times? Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick [Loved this whole series!]
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Yes, I would like to meet the Dalai Lama.
What is your favorite quote? There are many quotes I love. This one is from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.”
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Cow/Bull
What is your favorite color? Yellow and Red. Depends on my mood. 😀
When you’re not writing….I’m a Mom to a two-year-old and [I] work [part-time] as an Insurance Consultant.
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This was a lot of fun!
Thank you so much for being a part of my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Joanna S. Morris!