Friday, 27 February 2009


As a new writer and having just had my book published Iam learning various facts about the weird and wonderful world of Writing. I enjoy the writing process, meeting like minded people in my Writers Club and reading. Setting up my website and blogging however, has opened up a different world of vanity press, the AW forum and the struggles of new writers. New technology has also created the possibilty of voices not in the mainstream being heard.Iam on a steep learning curve.

Asian Writers Festival

The Asian Writer, an online site that introduces and showcases new writers of BME background is now considering holding a Writers Festival in Leicster.What a fantastic idea, especially if it is inclusive of all writers to take part in it. I firmly believe one of the ways of sharing and caring about all the groups in society is through literature. It is a wonderful way of getting to know people. I'm reading the 'Harmony Silk Factory' by Tash Aw and I'm learning about Malaysia in the 1930's.

My novel 2 is taking shape,nearly half way with the first draft. Ideas spring up in the middle of the night and I dash a few words in the notebook by my side, sometimes the writing is fuzzy making it fun(?) to decipher in the morning.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

My writers Group had a visiting author Rosemary Gemmell who specialises in writing short stories in Woman's magazines. It was an interesting evening and very informative.She not only explained the important aspects of short story writing adjudicated our competition but also gave us some food for thought on writing for Woman's magazines. I was not aware that 'Take a Break' a weekly popular magazine offers cash for letters and photos. Good to earn a few bob from writing if one is successful.
The SAW residential Weekend is on the 6th -8th March. the Scottish Association of Writers is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is growing from strength to strength. I am unable to go this year but I look forward to my Writers Club winning a lot of prizes.

A week to go for my book launch on World Book Day.Iam excited and nervous.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

chocs away

Continuing on the choc blog. Got this fantastic recipe from Facebook friend. 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE.Have a go takes only 5 minutes.
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

How about my writing? Yep, my second novel is taking shape, very slowly but surely.The characters are becoming real.Its exciting.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Aye Write

Another great opportunity for new writers at Glasgow's 'Aye Write' Festival I am particpating in the Federation Of Writers event 'Sudden Fame'.Here are the details.

Sunday 8th March
19:30 - 22:00
New Scottish Writing
FREE - see booking information
The Federation of Writers (Scotland) present Sudden Fame a spoken word event where members of writers groups and the public take the opportunity to perform a selection of their work on stage.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Love Words at Goma

The Federation of Writers had an enjoyable event 'Love Words' at the Gallery of Modern Art yesterday. Great participation by all poets and prose writers.Glasgow has a really active, inspiring writers scene and I feel happy to be part of it.

As promised here is some of the feedback for my novel 'Twice Born' some edited and some in full.

Hi Leela
Though I bought "Twice Born" shortly after its release it’s only in the last day or so that I have read it

Top marks!!

Especially interesting to Grace & myself as Glasgow doctors qualifying in the mid fifties,

Courting in the Kibble Palace, and People's Palace shopping, eating and going to the pictures in Byres Road
Dr. John S. Bryden

Hi Leela
At last! I got your book from Amazon last week (they had to order it), but it was worth waiting for. I enjoyed your story very much - and also enjoyed learning about the Scotland -India connections. Hope you're working on the next one now. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Dr. Ann McLaren (Vice President, Scottish Association of Writers)

I read your book and really enjoyed it. Fascinating insights into your rich cultural background and such vivid description. It's wonderful to read and find your self so identifying with the author's words that you can almost feel yourself transported back in time. There were moments like that in your book and in two I have read recently, James Kelman's Kieron Smith, Boy and Janice Galloway's It's Not About me.
When I’ve read your book again I'd love to have a chat with you.
Catherine Stapleton (Principal Teacher)

Just to let you know that I have finished your book
and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. As I progressed
through it I was eager to find out what happens to the
two main characters, so you really got my interest
going. It was also very interesting to find out about
the cultural aspects of Sita's move to the UK. Well
done, and I am very pleased to know an author! Will
there be a sequel?
Pat McKenzie(Assistant Head Teacher)

I loved the book. The character of Sita comes alive in the story and I was taken along on a journey where I got to see life through the eyes of an Indian immigrant adapting to new places, people and culture. It is a story every woman will relate to, especially those who have moved far after marriage. I just wanted to keep reading to know what happens to Sita. The description of Scotland and Glasgow is a visual treat as I could almost see the surroundings as the author describes it. The political changes and the changes in Sita's life seem to intertwine which makes this book an interesting read and different from the usual love stories.
Vidya, London

This evocative novel, set in Glasgow, is seen through the eyes of an Indian immigrant couple who have to adapt to their new country and city, to each other (it is an arranged marriage), and the subtle pressures of their own community. This love story has sharply observed characters, authentic settings and real emotional tragedies. The strong narrative is seasoned with wit and sympathy and offers real insights into the host culture as seen from the newcomer's standpoint.
M. Thomson Scotland

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Snowed under

Been too busy with family, so blogging time was hard to find.Glasgow looks magical under a couple of inches of snow.Cold,crisp and lovely.

Back to my novel, things are moving again.I sold the 20 copies that I had ordered so quickly that I have ordered some more. Books are selling well in Amazon. I have had good feedbacks that Iam going to put a few quotes here in the next blog.

The local library has made a special 'Author slot' for me on World Book Day.They have printed flyers, posters etc and Iam looking forward to the reading and meeting people that day.I have posted a copy of a flyer here.

On March 8th at the 'Aye Write' Festival I hope to participate at the ' Sudden Fame' event organised by the 'Federation of Writers'. It is good to meet fellow writers and artists and get a feel of being part of a literary Festival.

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