My writing journey

Many writers come from backgrounds you typically expect: English majors, journalists, English teachers, history, or literature students. Then some writers like me have no background in literature or writing except for a deep love of books. A few years ago, I along with thousands of others, waited for the next book in the “A SongContinue reading “My writing journey”

Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

I read all three hunger games books when they came out and saw the movies. While the trilogy was dark, the theme overall was uplifting. In the prequel, Suzanne Collins takes a risk in using a POV character whose thoughts are cold and calculating. She is a talented writer and pulls off the challenge. ButContinue reading “Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

Book 2 Progress

In Heir to Malla, set in fictional Land of Magadha, you were introduced to Princess Meera, Prince Jay, Rish Vindhya, and many other characters. If their stories captivated you, you would enjoy returning to this world in book 2. This book starts a few years later and includes many of the familiar characters you metContinue reading “Book 2 Progress”

Foreword for Guest Blog

Readers and Writers, I published my medieval fiction Heir to Malla in 2020. The story unfolds as Princess Meera learns her brother Crown Prince Jay is missing. She sends the man she is in love with, Rish Vindhya, to search for him. Prince Amar of Padi, known for his penchant for violence, harbors desires forContinue reading “Foreword for Guest Blog”

Book Review: The Henna Artist

Alka Joshi brings Jaipur alive. I can taste the food, smell her herbs, and picture the beautiful henna designs. She has painted a beautiful portrait of two sisters: Lakshmi and Radha. The yearning in Lakshmi is palpable throughout the book. For love, for recognition, for respect, and independence. She is a grey character whose growthContinue reading “Book Review: The Henna Artist”

Book 2 Progress

Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. William Faulkner: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1949/faulkner/speech/ I recently finished chapter 8 of my yet untitled book 2. Since I scrapped the firstContinue reading “Book 2 Progress”

Inspiration for writing

My first inspiration was my grandmother. As a young child, I spent several summers with her. Mealtimes were storytimes, and I remember prolonging it, so I can hear one more story. Her stories based on Indian mythology would bring characters to life. She had excellent delivery for comedy and would have my brother and IContinue reading “Inspiration for writing”