What is Inspired Muse!? Inspired Muse! is Reena Bhojwani's self-publishing and freelance writing company. It publishes stories for a variety of ages to inspire them to either become stronger writers and people themselves or to look at a particular issue or topic or even common everyday objects in a new light.
Does Inspired Muse! only publish children's books?No. Though, the first couple of projects lined up for Inspired Muse! are for children, the company is not limited to that age-group. Reena Bhojwani has been publishing short stories (for older readers) with the Hong Kong Writers Circle for their annual anthology over the last seven years.
What inspires Reena? Almost anything can be a source of inspiration, so Reena's eyes and ears are always open, waiting for the muses to strike. However, many of her stories have taken shape while she's asleep. Reena tends to have vivid dreams and often draws inspiration from those. Oh yes, food too.
What's Reena's next project? Reena is currently working on the second book in the Marble Mangosteen series. She also has a poetry book in the pipeline, along with a middle-grade fantasy novel. At this point, all she can say is that the last two involve one of her favourite topics: food!
Who are Reena's favourite authors? Reena reads a wide variety of genres and authors. For children's books, Reena likes Robert Munsch, Oliver Jeffers, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Brandon Mull, Vivian French and J.K. Rowling. She hasn't been reading too many adult books recently, but she enjoys reading Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. The most recent title she read that she enjoyed was The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker.
What are some common themes in Reena's writing? Without realising it at first, Reena's writing often featured food and the weather. While the weather doesn't appear as much in her children's stories, the theme of food is quite prominent in both her short stories for adults and in Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson!
What was the first piece of writing Reena published? In Year 9, Reena had to write a story based on a childhood memory. She chose to write about the time when her arm got burned because of a cup of hot tea. She called the piece "Chicken Arm" and her teacher decided to have it published in the school's literary magazine (ROAR) that year. That's when Reena knew she should try to take her writing more seriously. (Fast forward to her first year at the University of Melbourne, she submitted the SAME story - unchanged - for a writing competition and it won 3rd prize)!
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