Interview with Amrita Valan

Updated: Jun 3

What genre/s do you write in?

I am the perennial crow, bear omnivore of genres. I write literary

speculative fiction, suspense, romance, and darker supernatural

poems and stories. Sometimes frankly it is interstitial, between

genres so to speak. I have not done science fiction.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing as a hobby from age 7 till the end of my college

years. Then I took a fifteen-year hiatus to raise a family to pursue

avenues of earning an income. I never thought of writing as a

profession. In 2013, armed with my first cell phone, I started writing

notes on Facebook, got added to a few groups, and graduated to

being an unpublished social media poetess for the next 7 years. Last

October, I decided to try getting my work in print. I have been

sending out my poems and stories, micro stories, flash fictions, and

dribbles to online journals, e-zines, and anthologies fairly regularly

for the last eight months.

Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about

these and what publishing route you took.

I have had an essay out in a medical journal, and eight or nine stories