Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the hills of Ooty and Kodaikanal. Both wonderful hill stations in India. So I grew up in the midst of a lot of beauty, an extremely slow life...one where creativity really gets flowing. That's where I started writing, dancing, singing, falling in love, falling out of love and all the works!! :-)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is the ability to channel all your emotions into your writing and just put it out. It is a feeling that is unmatched. It's like you go thru something, you write it, you release it to people and then its done. You got your closure. I don't know how that happens but it does.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes and it got rejected because the teacher felt it was too informal. Wait until she reads this book. The language will most probably kill her. But then the initial rejection was a devastating blow for me. I cried like a child...and well, I was a child when this happened. :-)
What do your fans mean to you?
Their opinions and their stories mean a lot to me. When I hear readers of my book write things to me, about how they have gone thru some of the stuff written in the book or it gave them some kind of hope or even just answers....I think that's very fulfilling. Being a small-time author, you get to have the joy of meeting them or writing personally to them and it is just a wonderful feeling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hope. God. Love. And the reality that something big is about to happen. :)
What are you working on next?
The sequels to The Graveyard Valentine. I think my life pretty much revolves around this series. It's called the HarvestSong Series. And I am currently working on the second one...The Beautiful Disaster. Then comes The Joshua Cage...followed by House Of Seaton. All half on my laptop and half in my head.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk! I am a walker. The reason I love New York is because it is a city for people that love walking. I walk close to 5 to 6 miles a day. With my music on...that's what I love doing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I randomly look at authors and if something interests me, I read it. I usually land up buying way too many books...with absolutely no time to read them. It has to interest me. If it does, I am sold.
What is your writing process?
I get inspired, I write. I don't get inspired...I refused to write until the feeling comes on. It's a simple as that. Which explains how I wrote The Graveyard Valentine...the first 30 pages over seven months, and the remaining in just 17 days. And it also explains why my second book has been on my laptop waiting for me for over a month now.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes...The Last Leaf by O Henry. What a story!
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