Interview with Kamalini Natesan

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a collection of intimate travel stories that emerged from my journeys into various lands, solitary or with family, or just my partner.
It's not a novel per se, but more like a stream of essays that carry you with me, along the river of my thoughts, sometimes in the physical world, often within.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. I write to share, to be read and for feedback- that i have managed to move someone, or that a fan has made a change in his/her perception because of what i wrote, or that my writing made a dent in his/her life and imparted some unknown joys. Making a positive difference in my fans' lives is what makes me write, and makes me move forward.
What are you working on next?
A novel - the story of a young girl who leaves her country's shores for the very first time. Her life alters irreversibly after the year spent in a folk high school in Norway. The journey she undertakes within Norway, gradually effects her inner-scape and her core is recast. She learns about the world at large, and in turn, changes into a version of herself she had barely acknowledged, but existed nevertheless.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of self-expression, the infinite sense of contentment that arises from sharing with others and discovering fellow-travellers in my readers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The light of a new day, the wish to live fully and joyfully. I am an optimist, and love every little that life offers, along with the troubles that are inevitable.
Who are your favorite authors?
P.G Wodehouse, G.K Chesterton, Alexander McCall Smith, Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier, Marie Corelli and many, many more.
What is your writing process?
I just sit on my laptop and start writing whatever comes out of the top of my head. It usually gives rise to multiple ideas that throng and buzz around my head like bees, and i just put it all down.
Sometimes a thought enters my head in my sleep, and i wake up with it. I try to put it down before it disappears, to work with later.
There have been days when i just couldn't write- and i have not known why.
I know that if i start typing, the writing comes, it just comes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I sing and listen to music, i meet friends for coffee and quick lunches, i teach and i read. I enjoy watching Netflix as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle without a shred of doubt - unmitigated reading pleasure.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers and autobiographies.
Describe your desk
A mess : pens, flowers, framed photographs, dossiers, some pouches with trinkets and my laptop.
Published 2017-07-14.
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