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Guest Post by Yamini Vijendren – How did I become a writer

Hi everyone, please welcome Yamini Vijendren on my blog. Today Yamini will share with us how was the experience of writing her new book ‘Full Circle’
Take it away, Yamini.
How did you become a writer?

Writing a book has been a life changing experience for me. I must confess, when I first set out plotting Full Circle, I never imagined myself as a writer. I had my hands full with my infant, and was looking for ways to preserve my sanity without compromising on my time with my little one. Writing, I had been doing right from my childhood, so I naturally gravitated towards it to keep me occupied whenever I found a little me time. I wrote a little story here, a poem there, but never had any idea of writing a full length book, whatsoever. That, until Indireads happened. There I was, searching for small freelance writing assignments to take up, when I stumbled upon the Indireads call for first time authors. The adventurer inside me asked, why not, and I just sent a synopsis, never even imagining that the publishers would love it. The next thing I know, Naheed called me up, eager to discuss on how the small synopsis I sent could be elaborated into a full-length novella.

When I started writing, I had an idea of the course my story should take. However, as the pages progressed, my initial idea ceased to look attractive, and did not gain enough traction. Here, my editors and publisher provided me great support, and after a number of brainstorming sessions, I course-corrected the story, and brought Full Circle to the shape it is today. That was a huge lesson for me, for I understood that while it is ok to start with a plan, even desirable, one also needs to be flexible enough to accommodate changes, and make course-corrections if the plan doesn’t work.

A novel might be a writer’s child, but just as an infant requires doctors to monitor her health, grandparents and siblings to give her a wholesome life, a novel too requires a whole range of people to make it a wholesome experience. What the author provides is only the raw cut sculpture. The editor, proofreaders, beta readers, publishers, reviewers, they all are the ones who make the raw entity into a fine piece of art.

Thank you, Yamini. The simile with sculpting is spot on. Writing involves almost as much work in perfecting and honing a story.

This blogpost is a part of the book tour hosted by The Book Club


Full Circle 
Yamini Vijendran


The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.

Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.

After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

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Meet the Author


Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen.
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A Chat with the Characters from You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction

Here’s the interview of Rihaan and Saira I did at a guest post…

Today I have Rihaan and Saira for an interview here at b00k r3vi3ws blog. Thanks, Debdutta, for the center stage and a chance to host my well loved characters. Thanks too, for the nice tea and thoughtfully provided chocolate cake. Looks yummy and so totally hard to resist while I wait for them to arrive. Ah, the wait wasn’t long! Here is Saira!

 (Saira walks in.) 

Saira: Hi Ruchi, great to see you.

Me: Hi Saira, wonderful to see you as well and looking fab as usual. Orange and black, what a nice combo and I love the pleated chiffon skirt!
Saira: Thank you! Well, you know me (smiles and winks) Clothes are my thing.
Me: Where’s Rihaan? Would you like tea while we wait? (Pours and hands her the teacup)
Saira: (accepts) Thanks, I guess it’s early for cocktails yet. (grins) Rihaan? He’s still working on his story. You know what he’s like – well of course you do! You’re to blame for his tendency to get lost in the story he’s creating. Do you realize how much trouble it is? Last Sunday he walked out of Aragham’s birthday party that we were attending at Vishakha’s and I had to chase him down to the beach where he was working out his plot twists. And he got me thinking it out too, so we nearly missed the cutting of the cake! 
Me: Oh oh that is bad. But look here, you didn’t complain when he acted absentminded the last time he was thinking about his script? (widens eyes innocently)
Saira (Blushes) Now that was…what can I say…kinda cute! And don’t make it sound so scandalous because you know it wasn’t. It wasn’t anything it shouldn’t be!  Me: Mmm, do I sense a note of accusation in that? 

(Rihaan comes in at that moment.) 

Me: Hi Rihaan!
Rihaan (smiles a rakishly attractive smile): Hi Ruchi! (Leans over to peck Saira and takes a seat): I see you’ve started without me? When the man is away, the ladies love to get all chatty! 

Me: Is that even a phrase? I’ve never heard of it. 

Rihaan: I can create phrases. It’s my job after all. Working on words, with words and through words. (Tips imaginary hat in an olde worlde gesture and gives another heart stopping smile.)

Me (in an aside to Saira): I can understand how you fell for him. Oh those sherry eyes! 

Saira: (whispers back.) Pure wine and as heady in their magic. You have put me in trouble, haven’t you? (sighs)

Me:I guess I totally have. (Clears throat and says more normally) So shall we start, Rihaan?

Rihaan: All set Ruchi. Though I have trouble understanding why you’re interviewing your own characters. You’re supposed to know us through and through and inside out. Isn’t that how it goes? 

Me: Know you? You particularly? That’s something like climbing Mount Abu. You aren’t that easy to decipher, my dear Rihaan. Not easy at all. You think it was easy to figure out and write what you were all about? Let me tell you it was like trying to peel the cover from the maize seed or trying to break into a chakravyoh out of the epic Mahabharata or delve into the deepest ocean…!!

Rihaan: I get the picture. (Holds up his hands) My apologies. I really had no idea I was being tough.

Me: Oh I forgave you when you finally began to talk. Anyway the purpose isn’t for me to know you but to get you acquainted with the readers.    

Rihaan: Go on then. What do you want to ask? 

Me: How do you feel about getting to know her? 

Rihaan: Well she’s, you know, spicy, quirky, fun to be with. It’s been a topsy-turvy ride trying to figure out what I felt for her and then it had just begun. But now looking back the uncertainty was all trivial. What matters is now. I feel my life totally changed knowing her. (Looks across at Saira with such feeling that I start to blink emotionally) 

Me: Oh Rihaan! (Dabs eyes.) And Saira? What do you say about your life before Rihaan?

Saira: I was lost, you know. I mean I knew myself and I’ve stood up for my beliefs. But then a part of me, the loving part, had been through a frightful experience. I’d forgotten how to trust. Even distrusted my own decisions. Meeting Rihaan wasn’t problem solving. Far from it. When you’re determined not to open your heart and then you find the doors are cracking up… (Smiles back at Rihaan.) Well, suffice to say I led him quite a dance. Yes, I acknowledge it!
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