Kavita Kane, the author of Karna's Wife and Sita's Sister shares her views and opinions through this short e-interview here.
Your first book was Karna's Wife and the second Sita's Sister. There is a pattern in the characters that you pick for your books. Who will be the next?
There is no conscious pattern as such. I select characters which fascinate me in all their ambiguity whose story can be retold in a book. Am working on my third book but cannot say much about it right now. Just that it would be unlike the previous two.
We see a lot of books on retelling of mythology these days, with contemporary touch. Why do you think mythology has become the flavour of the season?
Mythology has always been popular, be it part of our folk tales, theatre, art, literature, music and dance. In contemporary times the popularity has been translated to a new medium - teleserials, novels, video games etc. The interest in mythology especially the epics is witnessing a resurgence due to our close connect with it and its fascinating multi layers can be unravelled from time to time.
How has been the response to your books? Are you satisfied with the same?
Both have received excellent reports but I honestly was overwhelmed at the huge response!
What is your dream story, have you started working on that already?
Each story I write is a dream story. I dream about it often and the nightmare is if I get stuck! But seriously, every story is written with the same passion and creativity -but how well it does depends on the readers!
Which kind of books do you enjoy reading yourself? Who are your favourite authors?
I am still hooked onto PG Wodehouse and the thriller genre for light reading. I have no favourite authors - I have loved each author whose works I have read. Those I don't like I never manage to finish their book! Like reading, your choice of authors depend largely on your mood, age and maturity. Once upon a time I never read non-fiction!
How has been the journey of being an authoress so far? What is the biggest joy of being one?
It's been a big pleasant surprise! And what really touched me was the huge help I received from other authors especially the famous established ones who took out time to encourage me. What I love about being a writer is that I get to do what I love!
Any tips that you'd want to pass on to the new authors?
Write a good story and tell it well.