About Aditi Ramaswamy:
Aditi is a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Michigan; she’s majoring in Computer Science and History, and minoring in German and Caffeine Addiction. She has always loved vampire fiction, mostly because she herself is a soulless, undead creature of the night (also known as a “college student”). It is only natural, then, that her first book series is about a dorky vampire.
What inspires you to write?
Well, for one thing, typing dialogue up on a laptop is a lot less weird than mumbling to myself in a series of questionably authentic accents…
Jokes aside: I’ve always been a dreamer. Ever since childhood, I’ve lived half in this world and half in another, far more fantastical, one (actually, my mom complains that it’s more a 20-80 split). As a kid, I used to read furiously, then spin my own tales based on my favorite characters and concepts: I could spend hours acting out complicated stories with my dolls. It was my way of escaping from the mundanity of real life – of molding my personal universe, where anything could happen. At the time, it didn’t strike me that I could preserve those yarns in writing; but that changed when I received my first computer, a clunky white Apple Mac. From then on, there was no turning back.
It’s been almost twelve years since that day, and my current laptop is cluttered with short stories and novels in varying stages of completion. When I write, I lose myself in the worlds I shape; the characters I create feel like living, breathing people (okay, maybe not in Nathaniel’s case). Writing is my greatest passion – and I sincerely hope that my stories will bring joy to others!
Tell us about your writing process.
An idea for a story will suddenly hit me – usually something related to my current topic of obsession. I’ll let it bounce around in my head for a few days, just long enough for the potential storyline to grow a little clearer… And then, once I can’t bear it any longer, I pour myself a cup of coffee, sequester myself in my room, and open up my laptop. I won’t be able to focus on anything else until my story’s complete (which isn’t very convenient when it’s Finals week!). By the end of the six weeks it took me to complete ‘Nathaniel Keene’, I almost felt like I was in Lovelace – that Nathaniel, Yumi, Officer Cross, and the others weren’t just characters, but personal friends. The writing process itself took only two weeks – the other four were spent editing, rewriting, re-editing, and re-rewriting, until I felt completely satisfied with the end product.
I’m an amateur artist (I painted the front and back covers of my book), so I love sketching out my characters. Some are much easier than others: Yumi’s design came to me in a snap, but Nat took much longer for me to visualize.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Actually, I’d describe it more as the characters talking through me. Before I write significant pieces of dialogue, I often act them out, putting on accents and making faces at myself in the mirror. It greatly helps me picture the dynamic between the characters, as well as smooth out the wording of the segment.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up! There is always room for improvement. I started writing at the age of seven or eight – and trust me, I’ve gotten a lot better since then (for one thing, my stories no longer sound like I regurgitated a thesaurus onto my laptop screen).
Listen to constructive criticism – even if it sounds harsh; even if it hurts your feelings. I’m very lucky to have a mom who doesn’t sugarcoat her feedback on my stories: she tells me outright when my writing sucks, and how to make it better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish primarily because I want to enter the Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook contest. I also think that self-publishing allows the author to wield a level of creative control that may be absent in traditional publishing; I was able to design my own covers, for example. It’s also much faster than traditional publishing!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is going to become much more popular than it currently is, as more people become computer-savvy and realize the power of online promotion.
What genres do you write?: YA, urban fantasy, humor, mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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