Ms.Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics and loves literature!
Her other interests are painting and writing poetry. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become an author?
GVR: It was a gradual process. I did not aim to become an author but there were signs all along so people who knew me were not surprised when I started publishing.
During school, I was a regular contributor to the in-house magazine. My school often sent me to compete in inter- school creative writing competitions and I did not do badly. I had always enjoying holding story-telling sessions for younger cousins, friends, and making up stories of any genre on demand. I started reading at a very young age.
My little writing talent (demonstrated in school), my love for story-telling and abundant reading all helped but what pushed me into writing was my son. He expected each retelling to be exactly the same. Finally, fed up with correcting me, he insisted I write down his favourite stories.
That was the start. I wrote my first story in 1998, at the age of thirty-six. Four years later a local publisher published my collection of stories. I continued writing and in 2011, took early retirement from my job and turned to full-time writing.
GVR: I have written three novels, eight chapter books, and three short story collections for middle grade readers. I must mention that I do not stick to any one genre. I don’t know whether it is a good thing but that is how it is. I have written adventures, mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, and general fiction for children.
List of my books
Cheetaka, Queen of Giants (Fantasy)
Hunt for the Horseman (Adventure)
King Neptune’s Delite (Adventure, Mystery)
Chapter Books / Easy Reads
The Magician’s Turban (Fantasy)
Krishta, Daughter of Martev (Science Fiction)
The Forbidden Forest (Adventure)
Daksha, the Medicine Girl (Fiction, Free Book)
Another Midsummer Night’s Dream (Science Fiction / Fantasy)
The Missing Girl (Adventure)
Cinderella’s Escape (Mystery)
Dearie the Deer (Animal Story)
Short Story Collections
Theft at the Fair and Other Stories (Mystery)
The Dinosaur Puzzle and Other Stories (Adventure)
The Unicycle and Other Stories ( General Fiction)
Link for the Story Details
I have also written two books for adults.
GVR: My experiences, impressions, observations, some remembered, some apparently forgotten, and the information floating around; all these give birth to ideas. I find it surprising how a long forgotten incident finds its way into a story.
Some story ideas come in a flash and in totality. These are the ones that work out best. I don’t have to do anything except write the story because I know how it will start, where it will go and how it will end. My chapter book Dearie the Deer, which is about a timid deer and his journey to finding courage, is one such example. My novel Hunt for the Horseman is another. There were no surprises (for me). The effort was all in the writing and creating the characters.
But this does not always happen. Most of the times something triggers an idea and I work on it. Like when I saw a picture of a ‘magic mirror’ in the newspaper, which reflected back only part of an image, it gave me the story Theft at the Fair.
GVR: Yes, I have had these dry spells when nothing seems to work. Every start is a false start, and the writing is clichéd and stilted. Whenever this has happened, I have been certain I have reached the end of my writing and I will never, ever get another idea.
BBB: What are you currently working on
GVR: I have a series of stories about a boy and his best friend, a rescued parrot.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work.
GVR: My website, my author pages on amazon.com, smashwords, apple i tunes, barnes & noble