I have been MIA for a while and have been hiding a secret! The past few months and years have been spent traveling places trying to hear stories- stories of people who moved and made America their home. I have been writing for years now- blogging and freelancing as a writer. My friends have always urged me to write a book, yet I always shrugged it off. In 2013, I decided to begin my writing journey into becoming an author.
While I have continued to write, I haven’t been blogging as much because I was busy working the publishing maze. After four years since that first story, I finally had a publishing contract. In 2017, I finally signed my first book contract with Motivational Press. While my book is far from being released, I just reached a major milestone and a dream come true for any author- my book cover with my name on it.
Everyone who has followed me blog through the years have supported my journey as a writer by liking my posts, commenting on my pictures, etc. As a thank you for this endless support, here’s the first look of my book cover which will be released in 2018. Please continue to support my writing journey, and follow us on our social media for updates on the book, release date, event tours etc.
As an immigrant in America, journeys have always fascinated me. As I have written about my various travels, I have always tried to make it more about my journey than the destination. I have strived to make my blog more than a travel guide. It has been my scrapbook that I have from time to time re-read and relived every moment. Today’s blog posting is personal because it is about my journey as a writer.
September 29, 1995 is my writer birthday. I remember sitting in front of my dad’s body and wondering how I was going to move on. I kissed him for the last time ever and felt the stillness of his body. His warmth that was my blanket on cold nights no longer existed. I was daddy’s little girl and I followed him around like a puppy. As I sat there contemplating the changes in my life little did I know I was becoming a writer. Few days later I wrote my first poem. I was still a closet writer and my poems were my deepest thoughts.
In 2001, I moved to America from India. In spite of being in college, I had lots of free time in comparison to my life in India which was filled with friends, school, basketball and studies. I began writing website content and other creative content in my spare time. Eventually I started freelancing as a writer which paid me pocket money. At that instant I was still focussed on becoming an engineer, which I eventually accomplished. Somewhere along the writer in me wanted more. My passion to travel the world collided with my writing thus giving birth to this blog.
In 2014, I wanted more and thus began my journey to be a novel writer. I have had the opportunity to meet amazing people who left their home for America in the 15 years that I have lived here. They shared their dreams, their embarrassments with mundane everyday tasks, their loneliness being away from family, and their endless desire to survive. Together with my friend I decided to write a book about sixteen amazing people who were willing to share their stories with us. There is humor, dreams, sacrifices, embarrassment and real experiences of people who made America home. Thus was born our little venture titled America Deconstructed. We are in process of getting our book published and we hope each and every one of you will support us in this endeavour. In the weeks and months leading to the release of our book, I will share snippets of our book. So if you are curious on what America Deconstructed is, stay tuned. America Deconstructed has romance, emotions, war, Taliban, prison, marriage, children and everything in between. Please follow the blog https://americadeconstructedblog.wordpress.com/