Sandhya Jane completed MS in Information Technologies from University of Central Missouri. She is currently working as a Director in ANISAN Technologies Inc. She is also a reviewer with Computing Reviews (fully owned by ACM Digital Library, USA) since June 2007. She has won Best Paper Award for her research paper – “A Legal Perspective on Outsourcing and off shoring” It was co-authored with Dr Sam Ramanujan is accepted by The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge for Mar, 2006. Let us know more about her writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
While working with a leading investment bank in Manhattan, a lady director brought her six-year old son to work just ahead of Christmas holidays. It is a norm to bring one’s spouse and kids to office around that time. The child walked around her cabin with much curiosity, closely examined things kept on the table and had a great time jumping on the director’s chair. From the way he looked at her, it was quite evident that she was also his hero. Afterwards, the incident kept playing in my mind and impelled me to weave a story around the mysterious characters who I didn’t know personally.
What did you like to read when you were young?
I have been an avid reader all my life. Except science fiction and sports, all genres of writing, be it romance, history, biography appeal to me.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The biggest challenge for an author is how to make readers walk with him/her through the story and relate to the characters. It is very important to keep them engaged.
How much research do you do before writing a book?
Most characters in my first novel are based on real people whom I absorbed into the story after observing them over a period of time.
What motivated you to write ‘Second Spring’ (previously named as ‘A Second Spring…brings new hope’ in USA)?
It was mostly close friends who believed that I could narrate that story to inspire others.
Can you tell us more about your latest book ‘Second Spring’ (previously known as ‘A Second Spring…brings new hope’)?
Most of us only get to see the glitter in the life of a successful career women. But, only a few know the sacrifice, struggle and tears behind that persona. This is one small attempt on my part to describe the life of a successful professional who is trying to balance her life as a corporate czarina as well as a single mother and responsible daughter.
People in awe of this person aren’t aware of the different trials she has had to undergo. This is what I have tried to portray in the book.
How did you come up with the idea of writing a romantic fiction?
Our lives are based on acceptance, rejection and adjustments in our different relationships. The lead character of the novel, despite of enjoying name, fame and wealth is no exception to that rule. That’s how it’s in real life too.
Who are your favourite authors?
Among Western writers, Eric Segal, Nicolas Spark, Margaret Mitchell, Jeffery Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Leo Tolstoy and Jane Austin are my favourites.
In Marathi, it is Shivaji Sawant, Ranjit Desai and NS Inamdar.
My favourite Hindi writer is Amrita Pritam.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
Presently it is about two hours.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
If writing is your passion, don’t give up. Become a writer only if words naturally flow into your head. However, if you have to struggle to find words or imagine, writing is not the profession for you. The most important is – Writing demands excessive discipline and a sense of quietude. Expression through other platforms tends to dilute the power of the written word.
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