Shubhra Sharma received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of "Neoliberalization" as Betrayal: State, Feminism, and a Women's Education Program in India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). She has written numerous articles about social justice, identity politics, and the environment. Shubhra Sharma has also taught at various undergraduate institutions in the US, including Vanderbilt University. She is now testing out the expanse of her potential as a creator by launching her own company, Curatif INC. that makes CRIA--100% Natural, Vegan, Gluten-free Hair Follicle Energizer (available on Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy). See the story at www.curatif.org. But the most fun she has ever had is writing this short illustrated story book for her 5-year old niece, Zoya! She hopes to write more in the future, making her nephews the protagonists next time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love my niece. So I baby sit her every chance I get. We were home one day, when a big cat jumped over the fence in the back and then sauntered over to our living room window, hoping to take a glimpse of something or someone, I think! It just sat there making small sounds, scratching on the glass as if it wanted in. My niece was delighted. She named her Tabby and then asked if we could get her something to eat. She came up with the idea of baking cupcakes for her new friend. And that was the moment when the book was born!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's just so easy and empowering to be able to publish your own book! As an author, you are not the whim and quirks of a publishing house. You and your audience connect directly and easily. We really do live in very good writing times!