Presenting you our first NRI author interview. We interviewed an NRI author of fiction and non-fiction books. She was born in India and now she resides in Texas. Academically she has an engineering background. She is creative in fiction writing. She is passionate about writing and is helping others to succeed. She is more inspired to write non-fiction books, which will help her to motivate others.
What inspired you to start writing?
I believe that I always had the personality traits of a writer, such as being an introvert, having keen observation skills and interest in human behaviour. But it is only recently that I started noticing them when I ventured into fiction writing. I started my career in writing business with non-fiction books, which came easily to me given my engineering background.
What did you like to read when you were growing up?
I mostly read fiction books while growing up. And I can thank my English teacher for the inspiration. She had told me that reading books will help me with my English class. I read almost everything that was available at that time such as Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. I later on read Mills & Boon novels quite a bit. Perry mason series was my all-time favourite. I also read a bunch of Robin Cook and Agatha Christie books.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
I believe that the greatest challenge in writing a book is not knowing what will connect with readers the most. As a writer, one puts the same effort in every book but some books connect more with readers than others.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
It really depends. If I am familiar with the subject, I don’t do much research and concentrate on plot and character building. If I am unfamiliar with the subject, most of my time is consumed in research, which I enjoy the most.
What motivated you to write the book “A Painful Ordeal”?
A Painful Ordeal is a story of a woman’s courage! The subject (sexual harassment) might seem dark but the story is very uplifting. When something unwanted happens, people’s initial reaction is to bury it, not talk about it or worry about what people will say. Unfortunately these are all wrong responses. One needs to have courage during these times and stand up for what is right even though the path may seem difficult.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “A Painful Ordeal”?
“A Painful Ordeal” is the story of a young Indian software engineer (Namrata), who lands herself a job in a software firm in California and travels far away from her homeland (India) to fulfil her dreams. Instead, she faces the critical issue of sexual harassment at this software company. The story is about her fears, her hesitation and courage in dealing with this unwanted situation.
How did you come up with the idea of writing a book on Woman Justice?
Most of my fiction books are in contemporary romance genre. I wanted to explore a different genre and at the same time give something meaningful for my readers to read about. While my story is about sexual harassment, my message is generic in that one should stand up for their rights and fight for justice when something unwanted happens. If you don’t report a problem, you are equally responsible for injustice.
Who are your favourite authors?
As an adult, I have read a number of non-fiction books. I have been inspired by Deepak Chopra and Daniel Goleman’s work quite a bit. Both of their books have far reaching effect.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I am a very sporadic writer which means I don’t write every day. It really depends on when I get my inspiration and when I do, I write in bursts. I prefer to take long breaks in between books so as to rejuvenate and get re-inspired.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
To every aspiring author, I would say, look inside and figure out which story needs to be told. When your work has passion, it always succeeds.