In the world of writing and self-publishing being versatile in what you can write can be a real advantage. If you can write fiction and nonfiction, your work has the potential to impact a greater number of people. Aditi Chopra is one author who does this. We interviewed Aditi to find out about how she got into writing, how being non-resident Indian impacts her work and about her bestselling nonfiction books.
Can you please tell us a little about your background and how your interest in writing came about?
I have worked in the software industry for twenty years before I got into the writing profession. My natural instinct was to write nonfiction which is what I started with. However, after exploring fiction writing, I seem to have discovered my creative side as well. Fiction writing has expanded my range and in some ways, it is healing too.
In what ways has your Indian roots and your life now in the United States impacted your fiction work?
The best advice I got when I started writing fiction was – write what you know about. And I followed it. Most of my adult life has been of a NRI (non-resident Indian) and I understand the emotions and psychology of a NRI well. My stories almost always have a strong female lead. It is probably an unconscious choice since I seem to have a strong personality myself.
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You’re the author of the popular Desi Girl Trilogy, made up of the following titles: Ambitious Desi Girl, Gullible Desi Girl, and Mystical Desi Girl. Can you please tell us what inspired you to write this series?
The female lead of my trilogy is an ambitious woman who doesn’t believe in a glass ceiling. She is however, also desi at heart. The story revolves around the conflict between her overpowering ambition and her personal life. Many young professionals may relate with this story especially those that are driven to succeed.
Can you please tell us about some of your most recent stories, which are from your Mr. Imperfect Series?
This series is about three young intriguing women who live in Dallas, Texas. Nikki is an established real estate agent, Maya runs a dance school and innocent Sonali is still not sure of her destiny. Their life stories are unique in their own ways and reflect their varying but distinct personalities. Sometimes our personalities shape our life choices and sometimes it is our past. I have explored contemporary relationships in this series.
You’re also an established nonfiction author, having written bestselling books in areas including leadership and management. Which of your nonfiction books did you enjoy writing the most and why?
I do enjoy reading and writing nonfiction books quite a bit. It keeps my left brain and right brain balanced. Leading Without Authority is certainly my favourite. This book has connected with the readers in a very profound way and I am not surprised at all. When I took on such a role in the corporate world, there was very little training or reading material on this subject. I had to find my way around much like my colleagues. I am happy to have given back by writing about my experience, in this book.
How can people find out more about you?
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