World-Trees of the Calidan System, poem, Issue 35, June 1, 2016
When did you start writing? About age 10 I think - a poem about a coconut tree. I started with Science Fiction in my teens, at first imitations of stories I'd liked, and then other stories and poems.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first professional sale was just last year - a poem called "Upgrade" to Strange Horizons.
What themes do you like to write about? As trite as it may sound - ordinary things; I like exploring the alien in familiar things and the possibility of finding something familiar in the alien.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Too many to list down, but if I had to pick a few - Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, many of Ursula le Guin's novels and stories, Eleanor Arnason's hwarhath stories, Kiran Nagarkar's Ravan and Eddie, Robert E. Howard's The Tower of the Elephant and John Irving's The World According to Garp.
The reason for the resonance varies - sometimes it's for the ability to plot beautifully, sometimes for the ability to communicate a difficult concept, sometimes for a vision of the world or people, but mostly for the sheer love of the ability to tell a story. And I try to steal tiny pieces of these stories - sometimes just a turn of phrase or a description of a character, sometimes an entire plot line, and sometimes just the rhythm in the language of the story.
Rohinton Daruwala lives and works in Pune, India. He writes code for a living, and speculative fiction and poetry in his spare time. He tweets as @wordbandar and blogs at https://wordbandar.wordpress.com/. His work has previously appeared in Strange Horizons, Liminality and Through the Gate.