After reading the book A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land, which was an ARC, I thought it'd be great to have a talk with the author Shweta GK about the book. Shweta agreed readily and here's what we talked about.
Hi! Welcome to my blog. Its such a pleasure to have you here! First of all, as we'd love to know, tell us something about yourself.
So, when did you first know that you wanted to be an author? Did you always want to be one?
What prompted you to write the book "A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land"?
As I was going through your bio it seemed like the story was inspired by your own life at some point. Is that true?
What was the biggest challenge while writing the book?
Did you ever suffer writer's block? If yes, what did you do to get over it?
What were your feelings when you first saw the finished copy of your book?
Are you completely satisfied with your writing or would you like to change something in your story, given a chance?
Well said! Now lets hear a few things about you. To start with, is writing your full time profession?
When you're not writing what do you do to relax?
What’s the schedule of a typical day for you?
If your book is adopted for a movie, which actors would you like to play the characters of your story?
I guess Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar would suit Mythili and Siddharth very well! Um, so what are your favourite books?
To kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourites too! What are you reading currently?
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Just for curiosity, if you’re ever deserted in an island alone, which 5 books would you pick to carry along with you? And why?
Such diverse and well described choices! Finally Shweta, thank you so much! I loved the chat with you. Lots of good wishes for the success of your book. :)
Shweta Ganesh Kumar is a writer and travel columnist. An alumnus of the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, she worked as Communications Officer for Greenpeace India and as a correspondent with CNN-IBN, before dedicating her life to writing.
Her third book and first novella, 'A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land,' is now available worldwide from Toronto-based publishers Indireads.
Her second novel ‘Between the Headlines-The travails of a TV reporter’ was released in May 2012 and is now available in bookstores and online stores.
Her first novel ‘Coming Up On The Show… The Travails of a news trainee’ sold more than 10,000 copies within the first two months of its release in May 2011 and was also listed on multiple bestseller lists.
A mother herself, she writes on the joys and trials of being a parent in a five day a week bulletin called 'The Times Of Amma - the motherhood bulletin with badly-drawn cartoons.'
The New Indian Express, One Philippines and Geo (Indian edition) have published many of her travel columns. RobinAge, a leading children’s newspaper features her pet and travel columns for children. ‘Kiski Kahani – The Ramayana Project’, an Open Space initiative, features her essays on the diversity of the Ramayana.
Her non-fiction pieces have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Indian Spiritual Soul, Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul – On Friendship and also in CBW’s India’s Top 42 Weekend Getaways eBook. Women's Web has featured her feminist columns and Mahindra's Mom and Me - her columns on being a new mother.
Her short fiction has been published in Indian Voices- an anthology, Shades of Love (An Anthology of Short Stories), Winds of Change (An Anthology), Australian Women Online, Single Solitary Thought, Pothiz, Damazine and the Asia Writes Project.
Here's The Review of the book A Newlywed's Adventures in Married Land.
P.S.- Shweta sent me an autographed cover of her book. Yayy! I love the cover and with the autograph on it, its even more precious! Thank you, Shweta!