Ekta R. Garg


Ekta R. Garg’s love affair with words began at the age of 4, and by the age of 8 she was writing poetry and short essays. In elementary school she participated in a word junkie's ultimate past time: spelling bees. She won the South Carolina state title four times, the regional title once, and competed in two national level competitions, including the 1993 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Her love for spelling supplemented her love for writing. Ekta was the co-editor of her high school yearbook for her junior and senior years. In college she worked briefly for the University of South Carolina campus literary magazine, The Garnet and Black, and in 2002 she got her MSJ in magazine publishing from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Since the start of her career in 2005 Ekta has edited and written about everything from health care to home improvement to Hindi films. She has written for and edited: The Portland Physician Scribe, Portland, Oregon’s premier medical newspaper; show magazines for home tours organized by the Portland Home Builders Association; ABCDlady.com; The Bollywood Ticket; The International Indian; and the annual anthologies published by the Avondale Inkslingers, based in Avondale, Arizona.

In 2011 Ekta stepped off the ledge and became a freelancer. She edits short stories and novels for other writers, contributing to their writing dreams. She is also a part-time editor for aois21, and she reviews books for her own book review blog as well as NetGalley and Bookpleasures.com.

Prairie Sky Publishing serves as the publishing arm of Ekta’s professional writing blog, The Write Edge. When she's not writing, Ekta is a domestic engineer—known in the vernacular as "a housewife." She's married with two energetic daughters who keep her running, and she divides her time between keeping house and fulfilling her writing dreams.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor since 2005. In 2010 I launched my primary blog, The Write Edge, as my first real commitment to myself as a writer. As a result of the blog I've met many wonderful writers, editors, and book reviewers, and to help my writers and myself I began studying the publishing industry in 2011.

I get about a dozen or so newsletters on a daily basis with news from the industry, and I read as much as I can cram into every day about it. As I read more about self-publishing, its pros and cons, and the way the industry in general has changed, I realized that all of my professional pursuits in publishing had slowly prepared me for the possibility of becoming an author-publisher. So in the summer of 2014 I made the decision to try indie publishing for myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love coming up with ideas or characters and pursuing them as far as I possibly can. It's exciting and fun, and I love a writing challenge -- knowing my characters need to go from Point A to Point B and figuring out the steps in the middle. It's part game, part puzzle to get all the pieces in the right place.

I also deeply appreciate fine writing -- words that make you stop and consider the sentence for its own beauty. I hope to combine both, fine writing and compelling stories and characters, and offer those to my readers.
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