Our pick of the week is Neha Malude’s short story From Scratch, in which a son bonds with his father after his mother’s death. Neha is a storyteller who relies on her crippling fear of the dark to write horror flash fiction and other things. She has Instagram FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), is addicted to stationery, and loves beer and books. Juggernaut spoke to her about her writing and her experiences with the Juggernaut Writing Platform:

Could you tell us more about your writing?

I started off by writing flash and micro-fiction stories, most of them in the horror genre, on my Facebook blog Tell You a Story. Although I’ve begun experimenting with short stories now, I love going back to the challenge of writing a one-line story that shocks readers, makes them laugh or cringe.

As night fell, he began brewing the coffee. He had to be awake. As long as she lived under his bed, he couldn't shut his eyes.

A one-line story by Neha Malude

Tell us something about your early years and the writing influences on you. 

My biggest influence comes from the works of Jeffery Archer and Ruskin Bond. My earliest inspiration came from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series. I also love O. Henry‘s offbeat stories. From Scratch is inspired by real life. I find that there are so many stories in our day-to-day lives, and as a writer, I borrow heavily from my own life. I find those make the most compelling and honest stories.

How does writing make a difference to your life? 

Writing, simply put, makes me a better person. As does reading. I hope to move on to long form writing eventually, but right now I find the courage to write just short stories.

Did you face any challenges while writing this story? 

When you write something borrowed from your own life, it’s difficult to be objective and write the story that needs to be written as against the story you want to write. Therein lies the challenge. You might be tempted to write pages and pages, wanting to tell the story in great detail, but you need to keep in mind that you’re not just a storyteller but a writer too.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

When I quit my banking job that pays big bucks to take a writing job that paid peanuts – and still made me happy.

You mentioned that you are a fan of Jeffrey Archer’s books. Would you say that your writing style mirrors his?

That would be blasphemy! No, I don’t think my writing style is like his. But Archer himself claims he’s not a writer but a storyteller, and that is the similarity I find with him. I’m not a fantastic writer, but I’d like to think that I’m a great storyteller.

Is there a preferred time of the day when you write?

I have a year-old baby so I don’t get to choose my time! I write when he sleeps, if I can.

How was your experience with the Juggernaut Writing Platform?

I’m excited to see that Juggernaut has launched a concept such as this. Despite some hiccups in the beginning, things have smoothed. And I think it’s a great platform.

Choose: Harry Potter v/s Narnia?

Harry Potter

Ocean v/s Mountains?


If you were stuck on an island, which book would you take with you?

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster.

You can read From scratch on Juggernaut here:

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