Tashiina Buswa’s submission for the ROSA is a reflection on mass education,  ethics, and the arbitrary values we assign to success. You can check it out here.  Read on for the interview… 


The Ed: Tell us about your writing career thus far. Where did you get your start, and how long have you been writing?

Tashiina Buswa: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. My best friend and I began an ill-fated novel when we were ten, a laughable project now but I’d say that’s what spurred my love for writing. As I grew older I was more inclined to poetry, but recently have been focused on short fiction.

What role to paper books having in an increasing digital marketplace?

I still have a lot of faith in print. It’s what people are used to. Nothing can take the place of a physical novel in your hand, a nice cup of chai in the other. Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly cracked book, or contrarily, a deep whiff of a yellowed, archaic one!

What authors to you admire, or aspire to be like, and why?

I wouldn’t say I’m aspiring to be like any particular author because I’m me and no one else is. It’s about bringing your own cards to the table. However I absolutely love Gregory Maguire, John Green, Maggie Steifvater, and of course the greats like L.M. Montgomery, C.S. Lewis, Salinger. I love fiction that’s poetic, with dashes of humor but has a definitive and relevant theme.

Tell us about an interesting habit you might have when writing.

I tend to sit like an ape when I’m deeply engrossed in what I’m writing, with my knees up to my chin. Then after, when I stand up, my whole body has fallen asleep and I have to hobble around like George from the Aristocats for about 10 minutes.