Amrit Chima

Biography

Born into a family with a history of inspiring migratory adventures, she has followed suit, traveling to over thirty countries, most notably India and Fiji, both of which are settings in her debut novel Darshan (an IndieReader literary fiction selection).

She holds an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, and after two years in Budapest, Hungary teaching English she is now back home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spends her free time continuing to write, as well as curating a fresh, new SF reading series called anthology (www.anthologysf.com).

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Aside from grammar school projects, I think the first story I ever wrote was about socks getting lost in the dryer. In high school at the time, I was still living with my parents when that little anecdotal (and yes, cliché) gem came to me. My mother was a fabulous cook and caretaker, but she was not particularly organized (which is an absolute understatement). Each time my father put his socks in the hamper, it was not without a great deal of trepidation; never a pair returned. He was plagued by mismatched socks, a great point of irritation for him. He even went so far as to bring home a set of snap-together socks in the hopes that he could defeat her absentmindedness. He never did.
Who are your favorite authors?
Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Isabel Allende, Andre Dubus III, Toni Morrison, Minal Hajratwala, and David Mitchell, although I could probably go on! All of these writers have a sense of music in their work, a particular flow, a fingerprint of feeling that identifies them; their stories have great depth.
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Where to find Amrit Chima online


Where to buy in print


Videos

How Darshan Became a Book
In her Kickstarter campaign to get published, Amrit Chima relays her struggles to complete Darshan and why she felt the need to write it. After watching this video, a large team of backers rallied to help get her book out into the world. Music: Photosphere by Charles Atlas

Reading for Literary Death Match's San Francisco Show
A tremendous THANK YOU to Literary Death Match host Adrian Todd Zuniga, judges Sarah Marie Griff, Kurt Bodden, and Jules Posner, as well as fellow readers Carolina De Robertis, Joshua Merchant, and Earle McCartney for such a magnificent night!! I was overwhelmed by the response to my story and was happy to be in the company of such talented literary artists. My family only recorded my bits, but truly, everyone was phenomenal, and I'm sorry we didn't get the whole show on film.

Books

Darshan
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 145,600. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Darshan chronicles the story of a family's 100-year journey across continents to escape a crime that haunts them through generations. "A multigenerational family epic in every sense of the term: nuanced, thoughtful, well-written, and deftly mixing history with fiction." -IndieReader

Smashwords book reviews by Amrit Chima

  • Stories for Airports on Nov. 20, 2013

    Moments of growth and change—some monumental, others subtle—are set under a microscope in this collection, sounds and sensations amplified by expert and musical use of language. Judy B is precise in her selection of words, which she artfully employs to slow or even freeze moments in order to examine them (in particular the perils of San Francisco traffic and the exploration of the body in relation to her characters’ states of mind), building tension for the consequences and/or resolutions to come. My favorites include "House, Ex-Wife" for the rediscovery of self within the beautiful and acute heartache of being left behind; "Hill Like a Sleeping Lady" (a nod to Hemmingway?); the very short "Icarus of Market Street" for its beat of fear and near loss followed by relief and gratitude; "Mother Mary Came to Me" for its cheeky consideration of the slippery nature of enlightenment, and "Excursion" for the talent required to write about what we cannot see.