M.P. (Mituri Pradip) Sharma is a Writer, a Print Journalist, a Technical Writer, a Business Analyst, a Test Lead, and a Marketing & Communications/Public Relations Head for Nim-Véda Australia. Though she has a varied background, what has remained constant is her absolute obsessive love for writing, having written sporadically throughout the years.
Mituri began her career as a print journalist while in school and continued to work as one while completing her university education in journalism, writing for a variety of local papers, university publications, online materials and glossy magazines. Even though a brief dissolution with the journalism world lead her down the path of Business Administration and Information Technology (with postgraduate degrees in both), she soon accepted the fact that writing was going to be plaguing her, happily or otherwise till she was no more.
A previous recipient of the Australian based Michael Harrison Award for Print Journalism, Mituri’s forte and passion lies firmly in fiction writing. Armed with plenty of stories where as a child she would be lost in an imaginary world she had created for hours at an end, it turns out the habit never left.
Mituri still finds that her imaginary acquaintances provide her with a source of entertainment whenever and wherever and she truly hopes that you will allow her to take you on the ride to some of these “worlds” as she sees it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first stories revolved around Hindu mythology recounted to me by my mum and paternal grandparents. What resulted (and continues to till this day) was a lot of spiritual thinking, internal searching and probably largely (and often most annoyingly), always, and I mean always, listening to that little irritating voice inside all of us ... our conscience!
How do you approach cover design?
I think about what would be going through the protagonist's mental thought processes throughout the book, and mostly what I felt as a writer during the evolution process. To me, a really good book cover is one that will try and sum up the crux of the story to the potential reader in an instance. A lot harder than it sounds - trust me.
Mallika should have known better. Everything was so perfect just a few days ago - the love of her life was by her side, she was finally coming to terms with living and even being content with what she was and finally, it felt like the World was on her side, dealing with an eternal life suddenly seemed slightly less impossible. But how could happiness and a vampire coexist anywhere? It couldn't.
Mallika has been cursed since before she existed, doomed to achieve victory in a battle predestined for her before her mortal body ever graced the planet. The Last True Blood tracks her fight for justice even when torn between her blood brothers, her undeniable spirit in completing her duty as set forth by Dracula, and her unquenchable desire for love with a boy called Levi, even if it is wrong.