My Questions to Deepti Menon
Thank you, Devika!
I believe that redemption is possible in life at any stage. It could be striving to make amends for transgressions, waiting to get out of a mundane existence by doing something worthwhile, or even taking just revenge for some action that has been caused you harm. However, it can only be termed redemption if it takes you to a higher plane.
2) Is there any author who has indirectly or directly influenced your writing?
The first author who influenced me was Enid Blyton who drew me into her world of adventures, delicious food and the excitement of having wonderful friends along the trail of life. Humour has always been one of my favourite genres, and it was PG Wodehouse who gave me my first few laughs. I have also been a great admirer of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt. I enjoy reading Chitra Banerjee, Shashi Tharoor, RK Narayan, Ruskin Bond and Jaishree Mishra.
3) What do you think is the reason for our fascination with mirrors (they feature so often in books, movies, etc.)?
I have always loved mirrors, maybe because they show you a clear, unvarnished version of what you are. An old wives’ tale says that every time you look at a mirror, a bit of your soul gets trapped in it. Can you imagine the number of tiny soul pieces trapped in every mirror, shining like little shards of glass?
My first short story that got published in an anthology was titled ‘Mirror Image’. ‘Shadow in the Mirror’ is my latest book that uses a mirror as a particularly strong image.
4) If you have to describe your book in 3 words, which would you choose?
Thrilling, engrossing and imaginative, hopefully?
5) Please share your views on working with Readomania.
One moment that turned my life around was when I won a Readomania contest, and met Dipankar Mukerjee for the first time. From the start, I was comfortable working with him. Could I please indulge in a wee bit of boasting here? I have had a story of mine published in every Readomania anthology so far, and I have Dipankar to thank for having had faith in my writing right through.
‘Shadow in the Mirror’ was written twelve years ago, and it lay untouched in a corner, till it was picked up by Readomania. Working with the Readomania team was wonderful, as they helped me, all the way, with the rewriting, developmental editing, honing and creation of my book, and now with the publicity and sales of it as well. I can confidently say that Readomania is a complete publishing package, from start to finish.