Interviews from The Psyche Supermarket: Mehdi Punjwani

Mehdi Punjwani is a Creative Writing student here at Brunel University.

What writer(s) influenced you most and why?

When I was younger I’d read a lot of horror, from Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King in particular, but I suppose writers like Lee Child and John Grisham were quite influential on my writing style. It’s why I enjoy writing thrillers, the excitement from reading Jack Reacher novels was second to none.

What’s your favourite genre and why?

Horrors, crime thrillers and mystery novels are fantastic, I love a well-constructed plot; they make for great page turners.

What are you currently reading (or what was the last thing you read)?

Watership Down, by Richard Adams. It’s a break from what I normally read but the descriptive writing is incredible, and I’m learning a lot from it already.

Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?

I don’t really have a solid routine at the moment, but generally I try to write a chapter by chapter plan in bullet points before starting the actual piece. It’s an easy way to put thoughts to paper.

You can read Mehdi’s short story, alongside many others, in The Psyche Supermarket released on the 11th of March.

You can also find him on Twitter at @mhp94

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