EJHO: Catina, you write stories about a deep inner self, almost spiritual stories, how did this come about?
CN: I have a fair bit of life experience, considering my age. That’s how my stories come about, through threads weaved from my own adventures.
EJHO: Why personal/reflective stories?
EJHO: What made you write this story? Do you believe it will be helpful for others who might be suicidal?
EJHO: You are also a visual artist, tell me something about your art. Does your art heal, console? Or is it a means to relieve the tension of life?
EJHO: Tell me something about your collection of short stories, “Vacancy in the Food Court”. These are deeply insightful stories and I see the artist in you coming through your written word.
CN: This is a collection of 13 stories. They are all very different because they don’t abide by a theme, but stand on their own.
EJHO: I think there’s a metaphor reference in the title, can you enlighten us.
EJHO: Why is writing so important to you?
EJHO: What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
EJHO: Do you keep a diary? If the answer is yes, does it help with your writing and how? If the answer is no, why not?
EJHO: You use the written word in your visual art. What is it about the written language that is so important to your creative output?
EJHO: What inspires your writing and your stories?
EJHO: What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
EJHO: What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
EJHO: In the age of increasing technological advances in the methods of entertainment, where do you feel your books fit? Do you believe that the growing number of non-readers is a threat to the book industry? Are you concerned?