Interview with Priya Ranmuthu

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it is a children's fantasy written when I was about 12. It was about a candy land filled with chocolate mountains, marshmallow houses etc. I had not read any of western literature by that time. I wrote this story book for my sisters and friends. It was just hand written.
What is your writing process?
My first poem was about my mother land, Sri Lanka which I wrote when I was 10. I even did not draft or edit it and sent straight to a children's newspaper and won the 'best poem of the week' award. Then I wrote short stories and poems and won awards at school level as well as all island level. Most of my writing appeared in the newspapers. Then there was a sudden pause in my creative thoughts due to a personal reason and it caused my word flow stuck for 10 years. Now I realize I am rising up out of that dormant status.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I cannot remember the story I read because the stories I read first were not story books. They were either from newspapers or school texts books of my cousins or religious stories. But I remember the first story book. My cousin who was then a trainee teacher bought it for me. I read the story many times every day and then put the book under my clothes in the wardrobe. I cannot really remember the story line but it was about a boy who used to make a mess while eating his food.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'Good night Mr.Tom'', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Wuthering Heights', 'Oliver Twist', 'The white queen'. It is hard to pick only five books out of my book list. I like the writing styles, setting and the storylines of these stories and they can be read in one breath.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read books about children's development, personal stories, historical novels and real life stories without violence and crime. I do not like fantasy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in Sri Lanka. So there were many opportunities to be with nature. This influenced my writing a great deal. I also had my grandma living with us who was a good story teller. I remember every night how I wanted her to tell stories. Then I told my sisters stories created by me instantly and they were good audience. I could not end up just telling one story.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 10.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a story based on the life in the countryside in Sri Lanka. The main character is a child who showed sympathy toward a sad scarecrow.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy seeing my book published online which is available instantly in a number of channels. I decided to do that after failing to get a traditional publisher. They normally publish things in the same style and mine is different.
Published 2013-12-17.
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Books by This Author

Manu and the Scarecrow and The Magic Pumpkin
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Manu notices that the scarecrow was sad. He tries to amaze the scarecrow by showing his fantastic kite designs. But there is something else that Manu decides to do make the scarecrow happy. The small town is submerged in the water. Magic Pumpkin floats in the flood. There is a strange music coming from inside. That makes the children surprised. The secret is finally uncovered.