Andaleeb Wajid and the uniqueness of blending food with fiction


Andaleeb Wajid has lived all her life in Bangalore which is one of the reasons why the city shows up so much in her work. ​In her own words, get a glimpse of her life and writing.

Why do you write ?​

I’ve always enjoyed telling stories but I realised I do a better job of writing them too. Writing came to me when I was out of options. When I wanted to do something different with my life but didn’t know how or even if I could.​ I write because it deeply connects with me and lets me express my innermost thoughts to my readers. At the same time, writing helps me come to terms with many things that I deal with sub-consciously. ​

Do you balance writing with a day job? 

Writing is my day job. I’m  a full time writer. When I’m writing a book, I sit down at the laptop in the morning and try to get at least a chapter written every day. Before I write, I work out the synopsis and make a plan of what the story is going to be like. That helps me stay on track.​

Let’s get to know more about your latest book – The Crunch Factor. What made you write this book?

The book falls under the romantic comedy/chicklit genre. I’m actually not very sure myself but I think it’s a book that most people who are looking for a quick and enjoyable read will enjoy. The story is about Aliya, a food photographer who is protective of her parents and yet feels stifled at home. She wants to break free and in a moment of foolishness, assumes that marriage will be the way to do it. She agrees to marry Kamaal, the handsome owner of a newly opened restaurant in town, unaware that his head chef is her old crush Sameer.

​I love writing about food and everything involved with it. So, I decided to write a book about a chef and a food photographer. The underlying story of the one who got away and the one who comes back into your life just as you’re in the middle of a crucial moment has always intrigued me.​

What do you think readers will love about this book?

I think the food and the chemistry!​

If you have a body of work, tell us a little more about it.

Well yes. It’s a bit too long to outline here. 10 print novels, 3 e-books with Juggernaut and a bunch of short stories I am writing for Juggernaut again. All the details of my books are there on my website.

Is there a writing schedule you work with & how do you deal with writer’s block?

I don’t follow a schedule as such except that I like to get most of my writing done in the morning. As the day progresses, it becomes a little difficult to maintain the same level of momentum. I don’t believe in writer’s block. I understand that it’s possible to think you’ve run out of ideas (you just need to look around and there are ideas everywhere) or that you may feel you’re not progressing somewhere. When I feel this way, I like to take a break and do something else. Usually when I come back, things begin to click into place.

Interviewed by: Pooja Bhardwaj

Author(s): Andaleeb Wajid
Publisher: Hachette India
Release: April 2017
Genre: Fiction/Romance
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Pooja Bhardwaj
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