I have always been fascinated by the places where writers toil and sweat a novel out. Initially when I started out reviewing books, I had no clue how difficult writing a novel was. I just assumed that when a writer sat at her desk and started writing , words flowed seamlessly onto the page. Little did I realise then that every word that is there on a book has a reason for being there and the writer often polishes, and re-polishes her draft till it shines :)
|Author at Work Part I|
Let's go find out where Renita D'Silva author of Monsoon Memories and The Forgotten Daughters writes her masterpieces (new segment on the blog called Author at Work). And of course, we are going to ogle her book shelves and listen to her bookish musings :) I must say she has a bunch of books that I have caught my fancy.. ***Sighs!*** :) Over to you, Renita..
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This is a picture of me at my 'office' which is just a corner of the sofa with my trusted Dell. I am lucky in that I can write anywhere and in any amount of noise, so the kids will be playing, my husband will be watching television and I will be writing, lost in a fictional world with my characters dictating their story and me their conduit.
|Some interesting titles here!|
I once visited a house where an entire wall was given over to books. This is my dream: To live in a house with a room where every wall is a bookshelf.
The picture titled 'Writers and Artists' has the Writers and Artists Handbook that I bought when I completed the first draft of Monsoon Memories. From it, I obtained information on how to write a query letter, how to send off a manuscript and also the list of agents and publishers to which I sent off my manuscript. Nestling between the Writers and Artists Handbook and Patrick Gale's 'Notes on an Exhibition' are the anthologies and magazines where my short stories are published.
Nestling between 'Gone Girl' and 'Everyman's Dictionary of Quotations and Proverbs' are my books, Monsoon Memories and The Forgotten Daughter.
|Pickwick Papers.. yay!|
|Kate Atkinson and Alice Munro along with some interesting books|
My collection of the Mslexia magazines for women writers that I subscribed to snuggle next to 'How to Breathe Underwater'. It was through Mslexia that I found my wonderful publisher Bookouture- they had put an ad in the magazine asking for submissions.
|Peekaboo.. The Forgotten Daughter :)|
You had fun looking at Renita's shelves ? Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want me to feature your book shelves too. You don't fancy books but collect something else? No hassles , write in and I'll feature you.
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