Interview by Devika Rangachari 13.12.2012
Here's my very first interview, on the Duckbill blog, where I talk about The Wordkeepers and writing in general. Do take a look. The hyperlink is below:
Final Cover Art 10.11.12
This is the final cover art for The Wordkeepers. I love how eerie it is. Its by the same artist who did the earlier one, Mr. Kunal Kundu. I must say I've become a fan of his style.
The font I'm using for my website banner is also the title font, and its called Tenebra Old Face. Its got a great O, H and S.
The final book cover is there on the Duckbill site, of course. Here's the link:
Cover Option One 14.10.2012
This was one of the book cover designs created for 'The Wordkeepers,' which is what the title of the published book is going to be. Rejected as Anya looked too girly. Its not a romance novel - and she's a tough little cookie.
The artist has a beautiful, luminous style, though.
Who's a happy platypus then? 7.10.2012
Here's my little bit of art for Duckbill, my publishers. They like to have a platypus from each of their authors. I drew it behind a typed piece of A4 in a bid to recycle, but it shows. Still, not too bad.
How I write 30.9.2012
I write every day. My preferred time is early morning, because I warm up my writing as I wake up. By six a.m. latest, I’m sitting with my first cup of tea, showered, writing away. I try to do the minimum three-pages-and-a-bit quota in one sitting, but there are days when I am truly lucky and can achieve double, maybe triple the number of pages. There are also days when I fail miserably and start fidgeting after five hundred words. But some words on the paper are better than none at all, so I make sure I still write those five hundred.
I break at about ten a.m. By that time, I have breakfasted at my desk while writing. I usually log on to the net at this time and go to my facebook page where I obsess about writing and books. I also check my e-mails at this time. A word to the wise on net surfing - it can seriously deter you from writing.
After this, I head down to office (my husband and I run an architecture practice and I help out with all his general management needs, being an MBA) and work till about two. Then I break for lunch and take a nap.
My second spell of writing is a shorter one - after waking up to a cup of tea at four in the evening. This is when I either finish my quota, or do research, or tweak my website. If office pressure is high, I give this spot up to ‘real’ work. Then I go for a walk. I walk about three and a half kilometres every day on a fixed route. I know this because I made a cabbie drive me through the same route and measure the distance. I don’t walk fast, I amble, with many stops at interesting shops on the way, but its my only exercise at present, so I make sure I do it.
I don’t write in a linear fashion. Some days, I want to take up the story from a different point and I give in to the temptation. I have terribly swashbuckling dreams, they are never mundane, so sometimes I run to the desk and write them down and then figure out where to fit them in. Sometimes they are a bit too over the top for my editors and have to go.
I wrote my first novel ‘The Wordkeepers’ almost entirely on instinct. For the second and third one, I’m following a plot structure. I am gradually learning that the best strategy is to walk the path of the plot structure but to trust my instincts on when to let go. Not too different from real life.
As I write more, I find more interesting ideas coming to me. I think they wait and watch in that silent world where ideas live and check out if you’re serious first. Then, when they know its not a whim for you, then they reveal themselves. I am glad they think I am here for the long haul.
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think its just a posh name for that age old excuse: I don’t feel like working today. It works with a lot of people who don’t think writing is a real job, but never with people to whom its a serious thing. We all have to work in our chosen professions, don’t we?
Word-Keeper is getting published!
This is an update for all of you who were out there, reading my sample chapters and being part of the earlier experiment.
Thanks to you guys and your enthusiastic comments, Word-Keeper will see the light of day. In a three book format, no less. Duckbill, a YA publishing house, has tied up with Westland Books and has picked up the story. The first book is most probably going to be called 'Word-Keeper' or 'The Word-Keeper', we're still finalising the details. Watch out for details on the launch, probably scheduled for Jan 2013.
Who says reader support doesn't matter? Do spread the word.
To each one of you who has visited this web site, thank you for your support and your enthusiastic remarks.
I know now what I had only guessed at earlier: that the story can capture imaginations other than my own.
Today, I posted the last installment of 'Word-Keeper' for you to read online. I hope you will continue to support me once the story is published. Events seem to be moving in the desired direction, at any rate.
If you really did like what you read, do pass the word on. Rookie authors rely largely on word of mouth and I am no exception. I will keep you posted on events regarding 'Word-Keeper' both on this website and on Facebook, in the meantime. Please remember, every little mention matters.
Thanks for all the support,
The First Letter
Hi, and thanks for visiting my web site.
The reason I wanted you to come here is because I've written a book called : Word-keeper and I would like you to be part of a small experiment spanning a few weeks.
If you are as old as I am (40 or thereabout), you probably remember serial stories from children's magazines. This is a digital version of the same. Every week, I will upload one chapter from the book for you to read. Its completely free. For now.
So what do I need from you? Simply that you pass the word on if you are beginning to enjoy the story. And it gives me some sense of the number of readers the story can pull.
I am going to keep the website as simple as possible to avoid the usual frustrations. Browse - write to me - let me know what you think - send your and your friends' e-mail i.d.s if they're interested - and thank you for passing the word!