Hi folks, today I have Yamini Vijendren on my blog. Let us get to know her through this interview.
Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?
I do not generally write keeping a genre in mind. However, I find it most comfortable to write romance or drama, rather than a thriller or comedy. I guess that is thanks to my own emotional make-up. While reading too, I tend to gravitate more towards romance and drama than anything else.
What makes this book special to you?
The protagonist of this book has shades of me, as, I suppose, is usual with most of the first time writers. She also has been sketched based on my mother’s and paternal aunt’s youth, from the stories they used to tell me and from the images I have formed out of those stories.
A brief description of the book and its main characters.
Full Circle is the story of love, lost in youth and found in the golden years. However, given the way the Indian mind is conditioned, accepting love in old age is something we are not very accustomed too. So how my protagonists overcome their own inhibitions to take the plunge, after all these years, is what Full Circle is about. The main character in my book is Malini. A docile beauty in youth, Malini is a typical traditional Tamil Brahmin girl, who dares to dream of finding her own love, but is unable to pursue it against the strict dictums of her father and her community. With age, however, comes the wisdom and the broadening of outlook, due to which she decides to go in search of what she lost when she was young.
What are your writing fads or quirks?
Somehow, for me a writing desk never works. Although I fantasize having a proper, organized desk, most of the days I end up sitting on my couch, with my legs propped up on the foot rest, a cushion behind my back and the laptop on my lap.
What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)
1) plotter or pantser
I am definitely a plotter. My plot brews for sometime inside my mind before I start putting it down in words.
2) self publish or traditional
Both have their own pros and cons, although self-publishing is here to stay. I guess having your book accepted by a big publishing house and gaining their backing is a great experience in itself, and that would definitely be my first preference.
3) Polished first draft or sloppy one?
Well not entirely sloppy, but my first draft usually takes the course my mind envisions, whether it is logical or not. The course corrections, reasoning and logic etc. come later.
4) Deadline or family time
I try not to stock up work and end up with such a dilemma as much as possible. However, it depends on what is more important at that point of time. Today is my son’s birthday, but I also want to be talking to you all about my writing. So here I am, sitting up in the wee hours of morning to pen down my responses before I get busy with the birthday preparations.
5) Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts
The former is what I wish for, the latter is what I end up doing.
What’s your favourite wish as a reader?
To read an Indian mythological fiction that makes sense and is also well written. I was completely taken in by the concept of the Meluha series, but the writing left a lot to be desired.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I am but a book and a few stories old. I have just started the journey and have a long way to go. In fact, I believe, being an author is not a destination, but a journey in itself. It is the support of my readers and followers that keeps me motivated and pushes me onwards in this journey, and I am immensely thankful to everyone for that.
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?