Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Interview with Malika Gandhi

Interview with Malika Gandhi
Author of Freedom of the Monsoon

Questions by R. Murry

Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I am a young author of one and bit years and I love it. I am also a wife, and a mother to two boys.  I am an illustrator as well as a writer.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Yes! I was in junior school then. My story was about a monkey called Manglu and a dried up watering hole! I had the book laminated and wrote Author: Malika Gandhi on the back. I knew then on that I wanted to be an author.

Were you inspired by someone or something?
I was (and still am) an avid reader. I used to read a lot of Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis books then. I think they were the ones who inspired me.

What do you like about writing a story?
I love how characters take over and tell their story themselves. I like to add a little drama and bring the characters to life.

Can you tell us about your book?
Freedom of the Monsoon is set in the harrowing era of pre-independence India, when Mahatma Gandhi called for Quit India in 1942. The story focuses on five individuals who fight battles – of their own, and of their country’s. The reader will see 1940 India, and “live” the lives of those troubled, who face the dangers of losing a lot more than they bargained for.

What genre best fits for the book?
Historical Fiction.

Are you working on something new at the moment?
Yes. I am writing a trilogy based on Fantastical creatures, witches and powerful spells. The story focuses on two worlds: Earth and another which is fictional. I am very excited about this project as it new territory for me!

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Be true to yourself. The thing about being an indie author is patience. Being indie is not just about writing the book but also marketing it. You are the creator from start to finish.

Where can people go to read your work?
My book is available on amazon: http://amzn.to/1a50xb6

Do you have anything to add?
Love your writing and don't ever let anything stop that. It is a unique treasure we hold.

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