I’m a member of an online writers’ group, and I couldn’t find a better, funnier, more supportive group of people. As a way to thank them for
putting up with their support of me, I have asked quite of few of them to answer The Questions. The first to take me up on the offer was Bharti Kirchner. (FYI, she requested this day for her post, so several members have already been featured.)
I have to confess, although I have Bharti’s book, Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery, in my TBR pile, I haven’t read it. Yet. I don’t have as much time to read for fun ~ editing books means I’m reading, well, also for fun, but really for my job, which involves reading each book I edit approximately 15-20 times.
But enough about me. The friends who I
forced asked to read Tulip Season told me they really enjoyed the book.
AND on Sunday, 8/19/12, Tulip Season made the best-seller list on the Seattle Times’ Wide World Books & Maps ~ #2 right after Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. How exciting then that she’s featured my lil’ ole blog! Here’s what Bharti has to say:
5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?
The craft of a fiction writer. We all learn to write in school, but it’s nonfiction writing. Much later in life, I learned fiction writing by reading novels and taking workshops.
11. What three items will always be found in your refrigerator?
Milk, apples, and peanut butter.
15. What inspires you?
An external inspiration can wear off. The best (and probably the longest-lasting) inspiration comes from within. It can be a thought, an idea, a fragment of a dream.
20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
At a very young age. I loved written words. I couldn’t get enough of them. I felt writing in my bones.
24. If you could go back and give your 20-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t worry so much. Everything has its time.
18. Your work space: neat or messy?
I don’t want it too neat. Creativity and vitality can rise from (somewhat) organized mess.
22. Would you rather be lost in the forest, the desert, the ocean, or deep space?
The ocean. I could gaze at water forever.
(dSavannah note: I too must have peanut butter, feel writing in my bones, and could gaze at the ocean forever.)
About Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery
A missing domestic-violence counselor. A wealthy and callous husband. A dangerous romance. Kareena Sinha, an Indian-American domestic-violence counselor, disappears from her Seattle home. Her best friend, Mitra Basu, a young landscape designer, resolves to find her. Mitra’s search lands her into a web of life-threatening intrigue where she can’t be sure of Kareena’s safety or her own. “Tulip Season is an evocative taste of Seattle’s darker side.” — Cara Black, Author of the mystery novel, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge.
Bharti Kirchner is the author of nine books—five critically acclaimed novels and four cookbooks and hundreds of short pieces for magazines and newspapers. Her latest novel is Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery, available in paperback and Kindle on amazon, Nook on bn.com, and at independent booksellers.
Bharti has written for Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Fitness Plus, Northwest Travel, and The Seattle Times. Her essays have appeared in ten anthologies, the most recent being Imagination & Place: Weather.
Bharti has won numerous awards including a VCCA (Virginia Center for Creative Arts) Fellowship, a City Artist’s Project award, a 4-Culture literature award, two Seattle Arts Commission literature grants, two Artist Trust literature grants, a 4-Culture grant, and she has twice been a Fellow of Jack Straw Productions. She has been honored as a Living Pioneer Asian American Author. She is a popular speaker at writer’s conferences nationwide.