Author Interview: BS Murthy

About the author:
Born 27 Aug 1948 and schooled in letter writing, I’m the author of Benign Flame: Saga of Love, Jewel-less Crown:: Saga of Life, Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth (plot and character driven novels all), Glaring Shadow: A stream of consciousness novel, Prey on the Prowl: A Crime Novel and Onto the Stage: 'Slighted Souls' and other stage and radio plays besides Stories Varied – A Book of short Stories. All these were borne out of my conviction that for fiction to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and foreign caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas. :

My non-fiction works are Puppets of Faith: Theory of communal strife, Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help (sans 110 interpolations in verses with contemporary idiom) and Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey, also in verse. My audio rendition of my Bhagvad–Gita can be heard on YouTube –

Besides articles on general management (The Hindu), materials management (Purchase) general insurance (The Insurance Times) and literary/social subjects (Triveni,) I had contributed ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ to The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18.

What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I am a romantic by nature and my life lent substance to it in myriad ways to eventually let my muse provide it creative wings to venture it into the fictional zone.

Tell us about how you write.
As nothing could wean me away from the profound joy of shaping each of my ten books, I devoted my self, hour after hour, with nominal breaks to address my mind's fatigue, day after day, month after month till 'the end'. When I was barely midway into my maiden novel, Benign Flame: Saga of Love, believing that in it I had something fresh and unique to offer to the literary world, I did not want to die till I could complete that magnum opus, and so I used to go to extreme lengths to preserve myself. And as if nature was at play, but for my compendium of stage and radio plays and the collection short stories, the rest of my eight books, were ready as manuscripts in nine months each.

Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
In all my fictional endeavors, it was as if, a novel chemistry had developed between me and my characters, which shaped their life and times.

What advice would you give other romance writers?
As each writer finds his own moorings, sooner or later, that makes his work apart, it is only proper that each one charts his own literary course that's conducive to his self-expression.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
After going through the normal 'rejection' course, I had self-published my first sex books, and thanks to the open world of ebooks, I had turned those, along with four fresh arrivals, and entered them into the wide web world as free ebooks.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think I am in no position to hazard an informed guess about the future course of book publishing.

Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Erotic romance on literary footing

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