Thursday, February 6, 2014

Interview with Indra Sena, Author of Closet Full of Coke

You can visit Indra Sena’s website at Indra is currently working on her second memoir. It covers two years in her twenties, where she joined the Rainbow Family and traveled the US and abroad.

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Where did you grow up?

In rural New York State

What is your fondest childhood memory?

I loved ice-skating. I would skate outside on ponds for hours at a time.

When did you begin writing?

I wrote my first poem when I was nine and an outline with the  first and last chapters of a novel when I was thirteen.

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I mostly write late at night.

What is this book about?

It’s a memoir about my life as a teenager. I lost my home when I was fifteen and I got into crime. The story is written in a diary format but it reads like a thriller novel.

What inspired you to write it?

I’d planned to write it for nearly 25 years, since shortly after the events in my book took place. I was startled at how much they resembled the plot of a fiction novel. It was really strange, it seemed like life was imitating art.

It took me decades to begin writing it because I needed a lot of distance for perspective.

Are you a member of a critique group? If no, who provides feedback on your work?

I handpick a group of readers from friends and relatives who read and send me notes with responses to the work. It helps me a lot, for instance one reader asked how a character moved from on place to another in a scene and I saw that I have left out a transition.

Who is your favorite author?

I am such a book fanatic I don’t truly have one favorite; I have dozens. But if I must chose one I’d say Erica Jong.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

At Amazon you can buy the Kindle or paperback version.

What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?

I have not done any promotion except for offering it as a free download on Amazon. That alone launched my book into pretty decent sales.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

Be a writer first. If you have a great story to tell that’s a start but it’s not enough. You have to be in love with words, with language, and with the craft of writing. Study all the time. While you’re reading notice what the writer is doing. While watching television pay attention to the dialogue, in scripted shows it is all created by writers. Practice writing every chance you get, even with email.

What is up next for you?

Closet Full of Coke is the first of a three memoir series covering periods of my life that were highly unusual and often bizarre. So I’m currently working on the second book. It covers two years in my twenties, where I joined the Rainbow Family and traveled the US and abroad.

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