Lakshmi Gosyne is an author, illustrator and designer. She worked with John Wiley and Sons, Canada as a graphic designer before working full-time with children and getting her Master’s Degree in Education.
Her 15 years of experience with children and teaching as well as her love for yoga converged into two Yoga for Kids books: A Jungle Walk and Waiting for Dad
In fact, Jungle Walk was originally a yoga workshop for children in Child Care Centers.
Lakshmi is an avid traveler and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Toronto, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand. She currently lives in Koh Samui, Thailand with her husband Jonathan.
What inspires you to write?
Children inspire me to write. I’ve been around children most of my life and the best story ideas come from a word or phrase or a story that a child has told me.
I also get ideas from my own childhood. What I remembered being “big events” such as immigrating to Canada when I was nine.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process starts with something I’ve written in my journal/illustration book. I’ve got notes and ideas that I jot down. Then I come up with a character. An interesting character is so important in a book! Once I’ve found my characters then I come up with situations or conflicts that they may encounter. For Jungle Walk, the main character is out in a richly visual environment it would be easy to get lost, just like she did. For others like Rob in Waiting for Dad, its more about everyday problems that turn into very creative solutions.
I am an outliner and I feel that an outline helps me with writers block, but if something brilliant strikes me, then I am happy to incorporate “aha” ideas into my outline. I tend to use pencil and paper for my outline, but write using my computer.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters and feel a very strong empathy with them. What would it be like to walk in their shoes? To be in this situation?
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell other writers to just write. By looking at writing as a craft, where practice makes you better, it quells the feeling that you have to be perfect. The more you write, the better you will become.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was going to write an outline of my book “Jungle Walk” and then shop it around to different publishers, but one of my family members wanted to sell it in two months at a book fair. This gave me the push I needed to create the book and self-publish. I believe that both self-publishing and traditional publishing both have its advantages and disadvantages.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there will always be a need for good writers, but the way we consume that writing will change. I’m not sure that paperbacks will disappear, as many people (including me) love the feel of a physical book, but we will have more choices in how we consume writing, so we can listen to it, read it on electronic devices such as laptops, phones and Ipads or buy a physical copy for our library. Writing and stories are still very important in people’s lives, especially children. For children, a book is like opening a door to a magical kingdom and I enjoy being the person to help them open that door.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print