About Gita V. Reddy:
Gita V. Reddy is a multi-genre author of over twenty books. Known for her sensitive portrayal of characters and her culturally rich writing, Gita is always looking to create original work with distinct themes. She is a self taught writer who is continuously trying to improve her craft.
Gita lives in India with her husband and son. In an earlier life that she voluntarily quit in 2011, she was a bank manager.
What inspires you to write?
Writing has now become a part of my daily routine. I get restless if I don’t write any day but I suppose the question is about what inspires my writing. I don’t have a definite answer. An event of mammoth proportions may leave me untouched and a stray sentence from a conversation may start a chain of thoughts culminating in a story. Sometimes, what appears to be the idea of a lifetime fizzles out and what starts off as forced writing gathers momentum and works itself out into a readable piece.
In fact, this element of surprise is the best part of writing and makes it an adventure.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process has evolved over the years. I’m more efficient now because I edit as I go. However, some things have remained the same. Though I have an idea about how the story will unfold, I don’t write down story outlines. I’ve read about authors who prepare chapter-wise outlines but that doesn’t work for me. I write character sketches and add as much detail as possible. I’m very particular about authenticity so if the story is set in a different locale or time, I do my homework.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I give my characters freedom. I allow them to talk and many times they dictate and I write.
What advice would you give other writers?
I don’t think I’m qualified to give advice so I’ll repeat what someone told me when I’d started writing: Don’t write to show how well you can write. Instead, write well enough for others to understand what you have written.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started late. My debut book, The Vigil and Other Stories, was brought out by a publisher in India when I was fifty. I had been writing for several years before that and had enough ready-to –publish material for a decade of traditional publishing. Taking the indie route was the practical choice.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think physical books, ebooks, and audio books will all find a place in the reading world. The choice will depend on the reader’s needs. Today, older people who have discovered e-reading devices use them more than youngsters because of features like font adjustment.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Children’s Books, Kidlit.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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