About the Author
Like many first generation Indians, Bindu started college as a pre-med student but eventually diverted from the traditional well-worn path and pursued her love of books and writing. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree (courtesy of all those pre-med classes) and double majors in English and Mass Media, along with a host of accolades, including the President’s Award. She later pursued a master’s degree in English, but her strong writing and people skills eventually led her towards a very non-literary career path in the software industry. But it was in the midst of the daily 9 to 5 grind where she reconnected with her early love of writing and eventually completed her first novel The Chrysalis, along with 38 Candles, a personal memoir which describes the rediscovery of her dream to write a novel and her journey to publication.
Although Bindu currently lives in sunny South Florida, she is still known to say “y’all” with a strong southern drawl, a dead-giveaway of her early Texas roots. An avid chai and coffee connoisseur, she loves discovering new coffee houses and browsing in bookstores. She is currently working on her next novel, Almost Paradise: Book 1 of The Garden of Eden, a serialized Young Adult (YA) novel.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Whether it’s a mystery, drama, or chic lit, I love stories that have a love/romantic element, esp. when it’s central to the main characters.
Tell us about how you write:
It usually starts with one scene. I start by freewriting (writing without self-editing) until I form a story. As I write, the characters begin to flesh out and then I start imagining their history and background. I try to incorporate that to the first few chapters to give my readers some background. Then I continue with the “What happens next” question… A lot of my outlining takes place in my head and then I start working on a few of the scenes. Eventually I get to a very loose outline.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them, but I “see” them as if I’m watching a movie or TV show. I feel like a director as I’m guiding them where to stand, what to say, and how to say it.
What advice would you give other writers?
If writing is your passion, write and don’t let anyone else convince you otherwise. You don’t need to quit your day job to do it. Create a realistic schedule and stick with it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish. I resisted it at first… it felt like a cop-out… but with the advent of e-books and Print On Demand, not to mention the success of so many self-published writers, the choice to self- publish not only seemed like another option, but almost more desirable.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There’s never a better time to be a writer! I believe book publishing will continue to evolve to the point where we’ll see more avenues for writer to share their books as eBooks and print books. I wouldn’t be surprised if more of the large publishing houses continue to merge into larger conglomerates.
What genres do you write:: romance, coming of age, young adult,
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print