The Carmarthen Book Fair is this Saturday, 11th August, created and organised by the fabulous, John and Sarada Thompson.
I invited them both to share a little more about themselves on my blog. John was earlier in the week https://wendysteele.com/2018/08/06/john-thompson-author-and-gentleman/ and today is Sarada’s turn. I’ve never met anyone who radiates warmth and love the way she does. Thank you so much Sarada for sharing with us.
1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as
you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
I write when the muse calls. An idea which could develop into a plan, which gets derailed by the story which usually has a life of its own. Having started as a reporter for newspapers, always thought myself as a writer of non-fiction, until I found myself writing fiction and enjoying it.
2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
No rituals, but I do like my cups of chai-tea. And a hot-water bottle for my feet as I do literally get cold feet.
3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
- My family & friends
- I love my Hindu cultural heritage
- I love drawing and painting
- Classical music – both Indian & Western
- Listening to different stories.
4. If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you
want with you?
- Paper & pens to draw & paint, to doodle
- My favourite CDs
- A good supply of chai-tea
- My beads
- A kit to signal, ‘I’m Ok.’
5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
- Mahabharata by Kamala Subramanium – I will have time to digest the finer points thoroughly.
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse – always my favourite
- Judas, Man of Myths by John Thompson – I’ll have time to reflect and be inspired on this view more than the institutionalized one.
- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The issues addressed here – religion, hypocrisy, coming-of-age, domestic violence – would be derivative and clichéd in the hands of a lesser writer. Powerful.
- Sort Stories by my grandchildren Shivani12 & Raman Cook 9 Although so young, their insights in the open childlike way enthrals & inspires pride & hope.
6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Amma – The Hugging Saint
7 Your current writing projects?
- A similar story yet different – quite bizarre for it is founded on legend: ‘The Celestial Flower’
Theme: ‘Every Saint; a sinner.’
- Quite a few more of the picture stories – I hope my hand is steady to continue illustrating.
- Some Short Stories over the years , which are not typical of what people would expect of me.8 Other published work and links….Neem Tree – Publication Date – 11th August 2018 – to be launched at Carmarthen Book FairPicture Books : Ten Tales of Ganesha;
Meenakshi Devi: The Green Goddess;
Savitri; Durga: The Demon Slayer. Here we have ten stories of the famous elephant-headed Lord Ganesha – from how Lord Ganesha got his elephant head to the story of Lord Ganesh and the frogs! The stories are esentially an allegory of the soul’s journey toward enlightenment, but some stories are utterly down-to-earth, playful stories about simple folk with a God. Savitri is about to lose the love of her life. Is there any way she can prevent this from happening? What will Savitri do? Will she be prepared to go to the end of the world and beyond – to the Land of the Dead and perhaps intercede with Lord Yama, the Soul-Collector, himself?This is the story of the legendary Meenakshi, the Warrior Princess of Madurai. Born in ancient times in a land ruled by men, Meenakshi refuses to be ruled by them. Who is this courageous soul and what will become of her?
Check out the website http://thompson-authors.com/
Thank you so much Sarada and John for joining me this week and sharing with your readers. Don’t forget, you can meet them and a host of other fabulous authors at the Carmarthen Book Fair this Saturday. We’re waiting to talk books with you all!