Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Calcutta (Lapierre's "City of Joy" if you remember) and had the most amazing childhood. I had a family where everyone was a bookworm and we had a small library in our house, and books were lent out to friends and neighbors. My father, uncles and grandparents were all avid readers and we had at least 5 newspapers and dozens of magazines subscribed in a month.
I was introduced to books at a very tender age and obviously the ambiance at home honed my interest further. In our growing up years, we had little access to media and television and books were my best friend. I remember reading story books at night, hiding in a corner with a torch. Or even cases of story books hidden within text books before exams. I was a sucker for reading.
Writing came to me much later. Towards the closing years of school and early college when I began blogging and publishing in online magazines. A bit of appreciation here and there got me rolling and I started taking it seriously.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It captures plethora of experiences I have witnessed and some are fictional. My inspiration has always been my encounters with people and events and sudden nuances that caught my fancy. To me, every moment, every individual, every insignificant thing has a story of its own. I try mind reading, delving into people's thoughts and often fantasies. That's where I get my fillers for a story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never thought I would be an author! I was stuck somewhere between my job as a professional and being a happy wife, till a close firned suggested self-publishing as an option. I am glad Smashwords offered me the opportunity to self-publish and reach out to an audience beyond geographies. My readers will be my biggest motivation!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am just starting out with Smashwords, but I must say a very valuable platform for aspiring and serious writers. The Style guide is so comprehensive, so if you are serious, you are spot on and this is the best place to be.
What are you working on next?
Next would be a novel or a novella. I have written a few chapters and it is in process. And in between, another short story collection won't be a surprise!!
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