Preetham Grandhi, M.D. immigrated to the United States from India and graduated from Yale. He is the chief of service for House 5 at Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center and also has his own private practice. So, he speaks from experience when telling the story in his new book, A Circle of Souls, reviewed here. Visit his website for more information about Preetham and the book. You’ll also find links to his blogs.
I want to give special thanks to Preetham for being the first author of the male persuasion to agree to answer 9 questions on my blog. He may have also tied with Carla Neggers for the quickest response time. I think it took less than an hour for Preetham to send me his answers. Without further fanfare…
1. I love your novel A Circle of Souls. Is it true that the idea for this story came in the aftermath of 9/11 and in what way?
It was a few months post 9/11, and I was looking at the biographies of the people who had lost their lives. I began to wonder if there was a larger meaning to their lives. Are we predestined to interact with each other in a certain way. All of a sudden, a story flashed into my mind, and I quickly wrote it on a piece of paper. I knew then that I needed to write a story that was larger than life. It needed to communicate the essence that there is a bigger purpose and meaning to our passage on earth.
I knew that in order to capture and convey such a message, the book needed to be captivating, interesting, and thrilling. I realized that a story based on the work I do would be the right place to begin. I am a child psychiatrist and had just started a new job. During my fellowship, I worked with children with numerous psychosocial issues and many life stories to tell. It was at that moment that I decided I could write a book that would capture all these thoughts. That was how A Circle of Souls was born.
2. I am impressed that this is your first novel! What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
Never to give up, was the best advice given to me. I think being patient is very important. In the end you have to do your half and hope that the other half will happen.
3. You work at a children’s psychiatric center, have a private practice, are working hard to promote your book, have several blogs, and are blessed with a family. When do you find the time to write?
It is hard, I mostly write while driving (I don’t mean literally). I get my ideas while driving to and fro from work and put them on paper when I get the chance at home.
4. You found the world of traditional publishing a challenging one. What has your experience been like with Sweetwater Books?
It has been wonderful to work with and I am grateful to having met Cedar Fort. They were very reassuring and have been easy to work with. They designed such a great cover that fits the content of the book and taking into consideration what I had in mind.
5. Who or what inspires you?
To travel and see the world some day. I think life is too short and there is so much to do.
6. I love quotes. Do you have a favorite?
“The world is yours so turn it around,” is actually a dialogue line from the movie Scarface. It had kept me going during some hard times in medical school.
7. What are you currently reading?
Terror by Joseph J Neuschatz M.D. and am looking forward to reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
8. If you were trapped in the life of one fictional character who would you choose?
I would enjoy being Tintin, from The Adventures of Tintin. This is a series of comic strips created by Belgian artist Herge.
9. And finallly, what are you working on now?
Hoping to start my next novel once I get this one on it’s own feet. I thought writing was difficult only to find out marketing in even more challenging.
Thanks Preetham! To enter to win an autographed copy of his book, click HERE.