Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with fiction author and poet Shirani Rajapakse. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Shirani. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Shirani: Hi Morgen, I’m from Sri Lanka and I’ve been writing for about fifteen years although I only recently began publishing. I write poetry, short stories and drama. I used to work full time (been working in journalism, research and management / administration) but since 2011 I’ve become a full time writer.
Morgen: What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Shirani: Most of my fiction falls into the genre of literary fiction and women’s fiction. I don’t really try to fit my writing into a particular genre but write because I have something I want to say in fiction. I don’t care much for horror, Sci-Fi or fantasy but I wouldn’t mind writing children’s fiction.
Morgen: What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Shirani: I’ve published a collection of short stories titled “Breaking News,” (Vijitha Yapa 2011) (http://vijithayapa.com/pdesc.php?id=25822) and a short story and several poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies. I don’t write under a pseudonym but use my own name.
Morgen: Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?