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Interview with Priyamvada Purushotham, author of The Purple Line.
Priyamvada Purushotham’s debut novel The Purple Line is a bold exploration of womanhood. The story revolves around a gynaecologist, who finds a deeper meaning in her own life through the intertwined lives and loves of six of her patients.
If you had not become a writer, what would you have been?
A dancer. Or a scientist.
What is the best thing about being a published author?
That people are reading your work.
What is the hardest thing about writing The Purple Line?
Finding the time. I used to teach French at the Alliance Francaise at the time. I used to do theatre. I used to teach theatre. And then I had my little girl. I was constantly juggling, finding bits and pieces of time here and there. I would think about the characters while driving, while showering, while going to bed. Thankfully now, I’m writing fulltime.
If you were a man, would there be anything different about The Purple Line?
Then there wouldn’t have been The Purple Line.
Who was the first to read The Purple Line? What was their first reaction?
My agent at the time, my publisher. They loved the language. They thought it was refreshingly new.
One book you would love to have written?
Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
Future literary plans?
I was working on a collection of short stories and then one story just jumped out and cried for more. So now I’m working on a novel.
*Photo credit: Priyamvada Purushotham.
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