MEDHA UPADHYAY

... lives in San Jose, California with her mom, dad, and younger sister, where she attends Lynbrook High School as a ninth grader. She divides her time between reading, writing, and swimming. She also loves, crafts, superheroes, and chocolate. 



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Interview with Medha Upadhyay

 How do you pick names for your characters?          

I named almost all of my characters after people that I know personally. I wanted to honor them by including their name in my story; I hope they liked it. Whenever I introduce a new character in my story, no matter how small, I draw a name from all the people that I know. However, for the villains, I used generic names.  

Who is your favorite character in The Ring Series?            

That’s a tough question! It’s really hard to pick just one character; I love all of them. Each of them faces their own difficulties, and overcomes their own challenges. But my favorite is Rohan. His spunky attitude and love of the Avengers reminds me of someone I know. Rohan is awesome, and he can add humor to any situation. I love people that make me laugh; in my opinion, they’re the best friends to have.  

What is the message of The Ring Series?      

I am trying to let readers know that every person comes to a point where they make a choice: to turn your back, or take a risk. And there people on each side. But what you do then, defines you as a person. But its never too late to change. You can always make a difference. No matter who you are- big or small- you have a bit of magic inside you. You are a piece of the jigsaw puzzle, and the world needs you. Each and every one of you. 

Are you like Ria?           

There are some similarities. But I cannot say for sure how I would react if I were in those situations. I do possess the same qualities, but they haven’t been tested to the same degree. As Bob Marlee says, “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”  

Do you read a lot? If so, what are your favorite books? 

I love to read. It’s one of my hobbies. I think that reading opens doors into new worlds, and allows people to learn new things. Reading teaches you about kindness, and compassion; it takes you on exciting adventures. What’s there not to love? One of my favorite series is Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Another one of my favorites is the Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.   

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper books?      

Personally, I prefer traditional books. They just look better and don’t break as easily. I like having a shelf full of books. Also, I like the smell of new books. Which is why you’ll often see me in a bookstore with my nose in a book-literally- because I’m smelling it.  

When and why did you begin writing?      

I started writing just like most of us do; during school. We really got into narrative during fourth grade, and I really enjoyed it. Reading has always been a hobby of mine, and I was bursting with ideas. I had so much to say, and I didn’t even know it until I started writing.  

Do you work to an outline or plot?      

I always begin with an idea in mind. I usually have a vague idea of where the story is going. Depending on the length of the story, I may or may not write it down. However, I don’t always stick to the plan, and am very flexible and willing to add new things. The plan changes dramatically from beginning to end. As I write, new ideas come to mind, and I go back to the plan, and find a place to stick them in.   

Do you ever get Writer’s Block? If so, do you have any tips about how to get around it?      

Yes! I write mostly during the summer, and average a chapter per week. I like to stay in the groove of things, and finish the bulk of the story in a short period of time. Once the ball is rolling, it’s hard to stop. Until it hits writer’s block. When I identify that my writing is going nowhere, I like to take a step back and re-evaluate. A tip that I can give you is to take a break. Take the day off and do something with your family and friends, something that will take your mind off your story and back to the real world. Hopefully when you come back to writing, you’ll be full of new ideas.  

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or handwrite?      

Most of my work is done on my trusty laptop.  I like the consistency and neatness that my handwriting lacks. It is also much easier to add or change things, and the final copy must be typed anyways. I simply take breaks after some time to avoid headaches.  

You said you like superheroes. If you could have any superpower, what would you pick?      

There’s so many; its hard to pick. I would like to be able to read peoples’ minds. I think that it would help me understand them better, and solve tons of problems. People are getting better and better at hiding their feelings, but it’s such a big part of who they are. Also, I would be able to know what people are thinking about, good or bad.