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Author’s Corner: With Lata Gwalani

Posted: April 30, 2012

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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!

Lata Gwalani weaves an intriguing tale through her psychological thriller Incognito – a story which lures the protagonist as well as the readers into its sinister depths.

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

A private writer! I have always been writing to myself…and my profession as a behavioural trainer offers me plenty of opportunity to put down my workshop experiences in writing.

What is the best thing about being a published author?

When the spine of your book beckons you from a crowded book shelf in a book store!

What is the hardest thing about writing a book?

Knowing where to stop!

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

Plenty! A man’s perspective of Anjali, the protagonist, would have been interestingly different.

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

My husband and my son were my first readers and critics. Their ‘wow’ was my aha moment! Two sharply differing age segments – gave me significant insights.

One book you would love to have written?

Oh, very difficult to answer that! I have many favourites that I would have loved to have written…Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind; Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love;  or even Tarun Tejpal’s The Alchemy of Desire.

Future literary plans?

Already underway! First, a book of short stories of real women I have met in my training workshops. Concurrently, I am working on a novel and a book of poems. I also blog at

Thanks a lot Lata!

*Photo credit: Lata Gwalani

Now dear readers we have a book giveaway for you!
Answer this simple question: “If you find your friends plotting a murder, what would you do?”

Just leave your answer as a comment below – and one winner will get a copy of Incognito signed by Lata Gwalani!

Please note: Only 1 comment per person. The book can only be sent to a valid address in India. Giveaway closes on May 7th 2012

So what are you waiting for? Comment away!

UPDATE: And the winner of the author-signed copy of Incognito is… Gauri Trivedi! Congratulations Gauri! Please send an email with your postal address and contact number to [email protected]

Previous Interviews in Author’s Corner:

Nina Godiwalla of Suits

Urvashi Gulia of My Way Is The Highway

Kiran Manral of The Reluctant Detective

Ameera Al Hakawati of Desperate In Dubai

Judy Balan of Two Fates

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