Interview with Kirthi Jayakumar

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah! My first story was about a young girl who had a dream about a Big Red Devil eating her up in a dark alley. She woke up the next morning to go to school, and it turned out that her school bus got into a terrible accident with a Big Red Bus ramming into it from behind. I was 9 when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
I really don't have a linear process! I write when the story strikes me - and from that point on, it's the story doing the talking!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was about a little witch called Wendy. It had a wonderful impact on me: it showed me that I had the power to imagine!
How do you approach cover design?
From the heart!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. The characters haunt me even today.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, of course!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, typically Facebook marketing!
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up between Chennai and Bangalore. I don't know what effect it has had on my writing - my writing has been largely influenced by what I've read!
When did you first start writing?
When I was five!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, it's a bunch of short stories. The key inspiration is the love for truth.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The autonomy it offers!
Published 2015-03-29.
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