Today’s Featured Author – Meera Klein

Today I welcome author Meera Klein to my blog. Her book, My Mother’s Kitchen, started out as a memoir about growing up in her mother’s kitchen before being turned into a fiction book that includes 25 recipes.

Guest Post – A Late Bloomer…I mean…Writer

I’ve always been enthralled by the power of words. I fell under the spell of the spoken word as I listened to my grandmother’s stories.  Her tales, told in our native language, had the ability to transport me to another world.  I fell in love with the written word when I learned to read. The beauty of the English language captivated me and I became addicted to reading. It was while reading that I realized deep in my bones that I wanted to be a writer.

But desire alone isn’t always enough. In my teens and 20s I wanted to write but I found I had nothing worthwhile to say. So I opted for a career as a newspaper reporter and for years journalism soothed my soul. But in my 30s I gave up newspaper reporting to become a full-time mother. The minutiae of daily life kept me busy and a good night’s sleep was more important than writing.

In my 40s I was restless and the need to write was a persistent itch, tantalizingly just beyond my reach. It was my mother’s death that finally gave me the impetus to write. I realized with a shock that I wasn’t going to live forever. So in my late 40s I finally found my writer’s voice.

It is a voice that is honed with experience. From comfortable middle age I can look back and write about my youth with compassion. Years have softened my memories like an old sepia photograph, yellowing with age.

The decades may have sharpened my powers of observation but this writer’s life I have chosen is not easy. It is fraught with rejection and loneliness. But writing has taught me to savor the simple things in life. The soft snores of my sleeping dog bring me comfort. A cold bright December day fills me with hope. I can appreciate the passing of each season and look forward to the heat of summer and crisp fall evenings with equal enjoyment. As my sons’ mature into young men, I appreciate the wonder of life and growth. Writing has taught me that each fleeting moment is meant to be nurtured and relished. I want the next few decades to be filled with joy, not regrets.

Book Blurb

9781938846700-frontcover_seal_smMy Mother’s Kitchen is an enchanting place filled with promise, change and good food.  If the weathered walls of this magical room could talk they would tell the story of Meena and her childhood life. Each chapter is a slice in her young life and depicts her spunk and youthful spirit. A visit to the local Fruit and Flower Show becomes an adventure as told by Meena. Her distress at finding out about her aunt’s dark secret or her joy of making a new friend are all told in her naïve, yet pure voice. Her mother is a central character in her life and it is no wonder that the kitchen is a special place of healing and rejuvenation, not only for Meena, but for other characters like Kashi and Ayah.

About the author

8274_Meera Klein_140624_D800_Meera Ekkanath Klein is the author of the award-winning debut novel, My Mother’s Kitchen: A novel with recipes.  For more information about her book, please visit her website.

You can purchase My Mother’s Kitchen on Amazon.

Today’s Featured Author: Anamika Mishra

Today I welcome author Anamika Mishra to my blog. Though she is currently working on her third novel, today we are talking about her debut novel, Too Hard to Handle, which was released last year.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, I am Anamika Mishra. I am from India. I love to write on and about anything. Similarly, I love to read all kind of books and magazines. Travelling and photography is my passion. My love for animals (especially dogs) is never ending. I am a writer and a blogger by profession. I love to motivate people and help them in enhancing their lifestyle.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Kanpur, India. Kanpur is known as the Manchester of north India, and is amongst the largest cities in India. I have lived in Lucknow, Delhi and Mumbai for years. But now, I live with my family in Kanpur only.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

Yes, I am a full-time writer. I write for various lifestyle magazines and ezines. I am also a professional blogger. So, I spend my day writing articles. At night, I work on my novels. Presently, I am working on my third novel.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

Best thing about being a writer is that you can spread your ideas about life and lifestyle with your writings. People read, appreciate and trust your ideas and thoughts. I don’t think there is any worst thing about being a writer. I enjoy each and every bit of being a writer.

Please tell us about your current release.

My second novel The Voicemates is in the pipeline and it would take around 6 months to get on the floors. So, I will talk about my debut novel Too hard to handle.

Too hard to handle is blend of fiction and facts with essence of philosophy in it. It is a contemporary love story which tries to find an answer to the question – what is more important in a relationship? Is it past, present or future?

What inspired you to write this book?

In present scenario, one night stands and day breaks-ups is a trend. People in a relationship break up with the one they love for silly reasons. They are forgetting the real meaning of love. This inspired me to write this book. I wanted to remind the real magic of love with this novel of mine.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

My favorite character is Vivaan. Vivaan is a lead character of this story. He is just like a Mr. Perfect, every girl dreams of. He is handsome, he is witty and he is really romantic. He is that kinda person, with whom any girl can fall in love.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

Yeah!! I always keep a bowl of potato chips or fingers chips with me when I write. And yes, I am a big Soft drink addict. I always carry and keep a bottle of coke or pepsi with me. Sometimes, this changes to lime-soda or blackberry squash too.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

Yeah!! Heidi by J.Spyri is my all time favorite book. Other than this, I love David Copperfield by C. Dickens and Like the flowing river by Paulo Coelho. I have read these books many times and I can read these books any time.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

Paulo Coelho- because he is THE MOST favorite writer of mine.

Charles Dickens- because accordingly to me, no one can write like him. I wish I could meet him!

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

Ummm… well, to tell you all I go for shopping whenever I feel sad or down. I call this my shopping-therapy which helps to over come depression, sadness, frustration and other negative emotions like these.

Another interesting fact about me is, I love talking. I can talk for hours and hours and hours. HaHa!! See..!! *Wink

Book Description

Too hard to handleAnushree Sharma is twenty five, uninitiated in the matters of love, and endlessly confused about her life’s decisions. She is getting married to Vivaan Mathur. But after getting officially engaged she realizes that vivaan should know about her past which is full of blames on her, series of misunderstandings, betrayal from friends, innocent crushes, stupid decisions etc. She is in dilemma till she finds a way out –a diary. But there is something else written in her fate!

How fate turns up out of the blue and how it can change one’s life forever is the story of Too Hard to Handle.

A sweet, simple yet an intriguing novel trying to find out what is more important in a relationship –Past, Present or future and what happens when you try to mess with the flow of life.

About the Author

anamikaAnamika Mishra is an Indian Author and a professional lifestyle & travel blogger. Writing is her first passion. Second is traveling and photography.

Anamika holds a degree of Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication. She is known for strong opinions and passionate defense for her beliefs. She has a ‘think positive & keep patience’ perception towards life. Her articles on life and relationships have inspired many people from all across the world.

Anamika is a big dog-lover too. In her spare time, she loves to play with her pet Ronnie.

You can find out more about Anamika on her website.

You can purchase Too Hard to Handle on Amazon.