About Anita Mishra:
In short: I'm an author, an engineer, a teacher, a baker, and a homeschooling mom of two amazing children.
Long answer: I'm Anita: a middle-grade write.
I grew up reading books, loving books, and mostly living in the books, and whenever I came out of them, I spent my time daydreaming, making up stories, and sharing them with my family and friends. As a young girl, I loved mysteries, and especially the Nancy Drew series. I read Nancy Drew books to bed and often slept reading them.
I still enjoy a great mystery book in which you could connect with the story's characters and solve the mysteries with them. I love riddles and poems too. Many a time, I make up funny rhymes and poems for my children and make them laugh.
I worked for a software company for four years and then moved on to teach in a school as I enjoy spending time with the children.
I love to bake and also earned the Blue-Ribbon-Baker Award in the year 2019.
Currently, I'm living with my husband and two children in El Paso, Texas. El Paso is beautiful, hot, hot, and mostly hot. What best can you do on a hot summer day in a place like El Paso, other than writing a great story and escaping into a different world altogether? Well, the days at El Paso remain warm most of the year, so it's always a great time to escape into the world of stories.
What inspires you to write?
My children and their love for books inspired me to write books.
My latest book that's recently published is Ethan Murphy and the Quest for the Minal.
It's the first book of the ETHAN MURPHY series.
I started writing this book when my children wanted me to write a story with riddles and codes. They wanted to share the journey with the characters and solve the mystery themselves. They loved the story.
They wanted more. So, I went on to write the next book.
So, basically, this series is a fun-filled story that my family love, and I hope your little adventurer will enjoy it too.
Well, that's the story of my debut novel.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
To name a few, my favorite authors include Julie, Klassen, Maeve Binchy, Jeffery Archer, and Kristin Hannah. Well, I can keep on writing their names because I like so many great authors.
I also love reading mystery books and various middle-grade fiction. When I was in grade school, I was very much hooked on Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. Currently, I enjoy books written by Trenton Lee Stewart and Jessica Renwick.
Tell us about your writing process.
I first plan out the entire book even before I write a single word. I like to know the beginning, middle, end of the story, and also the major plot point. But everything else comes naturally, as I write: the dialogues, the scenes, the character's reaction, and their character emotion. I don't plan these things out. And once I complete my first draft, I let my book rest and start working on my other writing projects. This is the best time to involve superheroes—beta readers. They read the first draft and give me their feedback, which I work into my revisions later.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. Yes, some of them do talk a lot. But I enjoy listening to them and write what they talk about. This helps me understand my characters better and allows them to grow organically.
What advice would you give other writers?
I'm pretty new to the book publishing industry, but not new to writing.
I've only one piece of advice for the new author: write, write, write, and for a change, write some more.
Writing every day will help you improve your writing and storytelling skills.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book is self-published. I plan to self-publish the rest of the books of this series as well.
I decided to take this route because getting a single book traditionally published takes time. And I didn't want my children to outgrow the age of reading these books. I wrote these for them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is ebooks. Through ebooks, an author can reach readers in different parts of the world.
I also feel that self-publishing is the future of new books as self-publishing gives flexibility and freedom to the authors.
What genres do you write?: Middle-Grade, Mystery, Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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