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Author’s Corner: With Kiran Manral

Posted: March 12, 2012

In the ‘Author’s Corner’ series we shine the spotlight on promising first-time female authors. Hope you enjoy reading some fun facts about them!

A name which Women’s Web readers would be quite familiar with – Kiran Manral, author of The Reluctant Detective, a murder mystery with a bored housewife as the protagonist.

If you had not become a writer, what would you have been?

A painter.


What is the best thing about being a published author?

You can work at your own hours.

What is the hardest thing about writing a book?

Breaking the writer’s block.

If you were a man, would there be anything different about your book?

It wouldn’t be about a woman struggling with weight issues and having nothing to wear.

Who was the first to read your book? What was their first reaction?

My editor. I would like to think she liked it enough to sign it on.

One book you would love to have written?

The Lord of The Rings series. What imagination. What a world.

Future literary plans?

More writing. Some experimenting with genre and narrative. Fingers crossed it goes well.

Thanks Kiran! We wish you well!

*Photo credit: Kiran Manral

Previous Interviews in Author’s Corner:

Ameera Al Hakawati of Desperate In Dubai

Judy Balan of Two Fates

Now dear readers we have a book giveaway for you!
Answer this question: “I think I would/would not make a good detective because…”

Just leave your answer as a comment below – and one winner will get a copy of ‘The Reluctant Detective’ signed by Kiran Manral!

Please note: Only 1 comment per person. The book can only be sent to a valid address in India. Giveaway closes on 19th March 2012.

So what are you waiting for? Comment away!

Update (20/03/2012): We asked Kiran to pick the best comment to receive a signed copy of The Reluctant Detective, and she has picked Meenakshi for her comment. Congratulations, Meenakshi, we’ll get in touch with you soon for details!

(And no worries if you aren’t the lucky winner – we will be doing more such book giveaways on Women’s Web from time to time, so keep a lookout!)

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