Interview with Lakshmi Menon

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Many of my short stories, children’s stories and articles had been published in print magazines and online, but only a single book for the kids was published with a traditional publisher. In addition, I had many half-finished stories and novels lying with me. When the Indie revolution came I completed them one by one and I thought it as the best opportunity for me to self publish them, instead of waiting for months and years to hear from the traditional publishers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provide us not only a great platform to publish our work, they also teach us step by step how to format our books and publish them correctly. Besides, their marketing strategy to various outlets give us a wonderful opportunity to make our books available to a wider readership.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating different characters and the situations for them, and then reaching to them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a suspense story now which has also an element of romance in it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors belonging to different genre, and at different stages of my life. They are Rabindranath Tagore, R.K. Narayan, Ruskin Bond, Paulo Coelho, Danielle Steel, Daphne Du Maurier, Jhumpa Lahiri, Khaled Housseini, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Bill Bryson and more.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover the ebooks through twitter friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I still remember that. The first story I wrote in my teenage days was in my local language. I was inspired by a teenage girl who had to take care of her family by begging, which later I published on my website titled “Health Vs Wealth,” after some modification. Four years ago, I was contacted for permission to use the story in a text book for school children.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use kindle to read my ebooks.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 13 or 14 years old.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tiny village of the beautiful land of Kerala, a southern most State of India. The natural beauty of the place, the people I had met there, the books of famous writers in my regional language (Malayalam) I read in my early age, have a great influence in many of my stories. After my teenage days, I had moved to the neighboring state Karnataka where I started reading more English books. The life experience, the people, the books I had read there, and the various travels I had made have also contributed a lot to my writing.
Published 2015-04-03.
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Books by This Author

Sweet & Sour-1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,170. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Indic
These stories explore the various relationships of human bonds in one way or other. They are stories of respect, love, hatred, anguish, affection, loneliness, revenge and tolerance. This book contains 10 short stories. Some of them may make you laugh and some of them may make you cry, or at least make you think.
Kerala Tourist Places - A Cheap Travel Guide to Kerala India
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,270. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Shopping
Kerala, a small state in the southern part of India, has been emerging as an important international tourist destination. Many times this beautiful little land has been mentioned in various travel magazines as one of the top destinations of the world. This travel guide gives you sufficient information to make your visit to Kerala enjoyable.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,620. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The story is about a young girl's pursuit for her parental love and family reunion.
A Difficult Decision
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This book contains three short stories (1) A Difficult Decision (2) The Delayed Train and (3) The River Flows Forward. All three stories are heart warming and inspirational.
Four Sons
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Parents
It is a story of a father who distributed his properties to his four children, and went on a pilgrimage. After ten years he returns home and find out what happens to him.
Magic Land of Zanzibar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
"Magic Land of Zanzibar" is a handy guide written from the view of a tourist, with 13 photos (including one map), to give the information in a concise form.
The Second Choice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,790. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
"The Second Choice" is a poignant story of two young people, Pavithra and Venu, who got into a second marriage when remarriage was not so common in India like today. It was not with their own interests, but for the daughters' sake they had to agree because of the pressure from their dear ones. It is the story of this blended family.
Gary's Temple Visit
Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
"Gary's Temple Visit" is a story book for children.
Two Stories of Kings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
This book contains two stories of kings. The stories are "The Cheating Minister" and "The Clever Princess."
Big Brother Appu
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
"Big Brother Appu" is a children's book where Appu goes through a sibling rivalry when he gets a baby sister. This story tells you how he overcomes that problem and later makes his elder brother status to his advantage.
Mini's Little World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
This is the amusing and entertaining story of Mini, a little girl, who has no siblings. She is lonely at home and her only companion is Timmy, her cat. Her grandmother comes to spend a month with Mini’s family. She learns a lot of things from her grandmother and also enjoys her company.