Dhaval’s an interesting type. Not content to run with the pack, Mehta chose a (lone) wolf for his avatar. Fitting, given the ‘non-compliance’ theme. None of this should detract from his submission. Beach Vacation challenges us to break the rules, placing freedom over conformity. Check out the author’s interview below. 


Tell us about a book you have read recently, and why you enjoyed it.

I just finished reading David Sedaris’s “Old Faithful” in The Best American Essays 2005 (edited by the very gifted Susan Orlean).  After reading “Old Faithful”—after reading anything simply touched by Sedaris—I ask the cruel forces of the world to throw me headlong into a terribly awkward but painfully funny circumstance, just so I can write about it.  Then I remember I don’t have Sedaris’s wild wit . . . .

 Tell us about your writing career. Where did you get your start, and how long have you been writing?

I wish I could talk about something magical here, but I don’t even know any card tricks.  So, the secret’s out:  I don’t have much of a writing career, unless you count the wonderful short fiction class I took in college.  I didn’t become serious about my writing in that class, though I did become serious about the power of the written word.

 What role do paper books have in an increasing digital marketplace? 

If you’re reading on a Kindle or something, every book you read weighs exactly the same.  Words have weight—you should be able to feel them.

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

To me “interesting habits” make you like writers more or find something more meaningful in their words.  I don’t know if I have anything interesting regarding the way I write.  Wait—I do have to type in Times New Roman!  Lame, I know.

Write a limerick or haiku about a well-known book or author.

O poor Lolita!

At summer camp you lost your . . .

sweater.  Keep warm, dear.