This blog used to be views on various things. But in all these years, I find it going a whole new direction.
Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
Read up, ‘Suraya’s Gift’ author, Malavika Nataraj’s
Interview. From the time, I read the book, I usually expect to imagine and
dream, because that is what this story represents.
A childlike imagination and
stories, which just might come true, and an author to help the kids try it, Folks…
How did 'Suraya's Gift' happen? Could you
describe the journey?
Working as a freelance writer means that there is little
room for creativity. But since creative writing has always been a passion, I
decided one day to finally send out a manuscript and see where it could go.
team at Penguin liked it and the rest is history, as they say!
How did the story, especially Suraya's and
the story catcher's, come about?
I was a child, who loved to write and who always had a
big imagination – very much like Suraya. So, I think that’s where my inspiration
for the story came from.
I started writing a story that I could read to my
daughters, and that just evolved into 'Suraya’s Gift'.
What according to you is different about
I think my book- and the whole series, I am planning, called The Story Catcher Children
– is about kids who love to write. And I want to get kids interested in
creative writing again. Not on devices, not on a keypad but just simply with a
pencil, a sheet of paper and their imagination.
I believe this message comes
through in the book and for me, that’s what makes this book different. The
story can also be understood and absorbed on many different levels.
reading it have told me that they loved the depth of the book. So I’d say that
it is a book for both kids and adults.
How would you relate the lives of characters
to the lives today? Any similarities?
I think any child of any nationality would relate to
Suraya. She could be the average girl next door.
The story is not set within a
particular time frame nor in a specific geographical location, so I think this
also makes it relatable to people anywhere the world.