A Human Resource Professional by the day and a novelist by night, Nisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Economics from Jyoti Nivas College – Bengaluru, India in 2005 and subsequently went on to complete her PGDHRM from Symbiosis, Pune. Writing a novel has always been her dream and with ‘An Unforgettable Holiday’, this is now a reality. A tea connoisseur, Nisha lives in Bangalore, India with her exceptionally calm husband, darling son and supportive in-laws. And when she is not cooking or spending time with her little tyke, you can catch her writing into wee hours from the comfort of her porch.
What inspires you to write?
Everyday interactions with folks , things happening around me inspire to write. I ensure I set aside sometime everyday towards writing inorder to keep the momentum on.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my first book, An Unforgettable Holiday, I outlined my story in a diary. The concept was clear. I wanted love to be the premise and created a tinge of suspense around it inorder to keep readers hooked.
I then worked on characters and the arcs . I wanted characters that are real and authentic, those that a reader can relate to . So I ensured to imbibe characters with flaws and imperfect yet endearing at the same time. Once you have defined your characters. It becomes easier to create and build your story around it and you know how each of the characters would react in any given situation. This keeps the narrative fluid.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters were created out of sheer observation of people whom I interact with the most. So while I didn't directly interact with my characters, I definitely interacted with those I drew inspiration from for those characters, to understand their personalities better .
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Nicholas Sparks. I can read his books all night long, get teary eyed, laugh, celebrate etc… He is simply brilliant.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my book via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
When I initially completed my manuscript, I was looking for publishing houses ejo may consider my book. It was at the same time that the pandemic hit. I also heard that while publishing houses take anywhere between a few months or longer, with Covid 19 global impact things had slowed down in all sectors.
That's when I went the self publishing route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think Amazon Kindle Unlimited self publishing is a boon to indie authors like me. I mean I was able to sit in India in the comfort of my room and in the click of a button I was able to make my book available to a global audience. That wows me !
What genres do you write?
Contemporary romance and suspense
What formats are your books in?
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