Kiran Manral (49) speaks like she writes – with witty remarks and astute takes on the world we live in. Whether it is about the world of literary writing and chick-lit, or about men writing women, Kiran’s observations on the contemporary Indian English literature is not to be missed. In a recent Zoom call with MAKERS India, Kiran Manral spoke about all these and more.
The award-wining author, who has dabbled in journalism, advertising, and creative writing over the past three decades, has published around a dozen books already – most of them fiction. In August, she published her latest: Raising Kids with Hope and Wonder in Times of a Pandemic and Climate Change, on Amazon Kindle. Her next is to be released on November 20 - The Kitty Party Murder published by Harper Collins.
Interestingly, Mumbai-based Kiran became an author of fiction after establishing herself as the country’s topmost mommy blogger. “I was running an ad agency when I became a mother. I took a break from work to take care of my son, and during the time, started writing a blog of parenting. It grew popular and built a sisterhood of fellow mommy bloggers; so getting the word out (on the first published book) was not too hard,” she says.
Since the 1990s, Kiran had worked at publications including The Asian Age, The Times of India, Cosmopolitan, and SheThePeople.TV. She is currently an independent researcher and media consultant.
“Journalism has given me the discipline to write every day. From advertising I learnt how to give a spin, which comes very handy when you are writing fiction. How to get the most interesting thing out is what creative copywriting teaches you - how to look for the hook!” she says, adding that she defines herself as a writer.
(Interview & Produced by Athira Nair)