I shall be engaging in a number of interviews with independent authors. May you find these informative, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring to go out and locate their books!
This interview is with author Malika Ghandi.
Dear Malika, can you offer us a little insight into who you are?
I love everything that shouts ‘creative view’ and that’s who I am. I am a creative person and love to write and paint illustrations and have a go at sketches.
What is the reason that you started writing? When did you start writing?
I began to write when I was eighteen and the reason was because I wanted to write a novel. I wanted to see my work in print some day.
Are you writing under a pen-name, do you use your own, or is your work out in both ways?
My work is under my real name. I don’t personally believe in pen names. If you don’t really want your work recognised by the real you, then pen names are good.
If you have published one book so far, what aspect of it do you like best?
I like seeing my book finished and in its book form, complete with my own illustration.
How do you think your writing has changed over time? Did it change at all?
I have really just begun to write. So in regards to change, I don’t think I can say much. I suppose I am more aware of the correct way to write and have taken aboard suggestions from other writers and bloggers.
And can you say that writing has changed you?
No, writing hasn’t changed me at all. I’m still as crazy as I was! LOL – don’t take that literally. :0)
And, if your feel up to it, what is the most daring thing you ever did in your life? Feel free to skip this one, not everybody is up to revealing much about themselves…
I think the most daring thing I did was publish my book Freedom of the Monsoon. It is always scary going into the world full of people who may have seen your work – editors, publishers and fellow writers, and also people who just like reading. You naturally want to be liked and so, what they think, matters.
Is there something you still want to have a go at, in your writing life? Is there a challenge you envision that’s worth pursuing?
I would like to try script-writing at one point in my life. I want to write it based on my novel, which I believe has a scope for Bollywood movies.
Do you have one or two favourite books (written by someone else)? If so, what are they, and why do they appeal to you so much?
I have many favourite books but I will pick out two, one from the “classic” library and one from the current times.
My favourite book from the classic times, is Little Women by Louise Alcott. This book is heart felt and every women can relate to it. Four sisters who love each dearly and who face difficult choices in their lives. The writing is beautiful and you can get lost in that world.
The other book is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, not because of vampires or werewolves (but that is a great hook!) but for the intense love between an unlikely couple. The energy from the writing is just brilliant.
Which book you ever read would you label as least readable book, so far? Feel free to comment as liberally as you want to the why.
There have been many but I can’t think of a specific one. If I am not able to get into the first three pages, my interest wanes and so I put the book down.
Is there a writer that you would love to co-write a book with? And what genre would you like to write in then? Something you’re familiar with?
Probably V.S.Naipaul who has written many diverse novels. Miguel Street is one of my favourites. I would love to write about history which is something I enjoy and am familiar with. I like the research aspect and bringing that knowledge to the forefront.
And as a last question, what is cooking with you? What’s your work in progress? Is there a tip of a veil that you can lift for us?
Currently I am working on two things – my next novel which is a half sequel to the first book. I will have two main characters, one from 1947 and one from 2012.
I am also working on articles for my blog site and planning speaking events locally.
If there is anything else you would like to share, for example a thought, some promotion for your book(s), then here’s your chance!
Yes! My blog site is www.malikagandhi.wordpress.com. I would love to see fellow writers and readers join me in a fascinating world of kaleidoscopic subjects.
Thank you, Malika, for your time, and for sharing your words with us!