Friday, November 12, 2010

Q&A With Author Monica Bhide

Do you like Nutella? Well, whether you do or not doesn't matter, but Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart essayist Monica Bhide *loves* Nutella. Guess you'll have to buy the book to find out why, right? ;-)
How long have you been writing essays?  About six years now. 
When and where was your first essay published? My first essay was published in the Washington Post Food section almost five years ago ( or a touch longer..). It was about attending a huge Indian wedding. 

How did it feel when you discovered your essay had been chosen for inclusion in this book?  

Very honored. I know several of the writers and really love their work. 

Tell us a bit about the essay published Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart. What is it about and why did you write it?  

It is about my love for Nutella and how Nutella has been a constant friend all my life.. through ups and downs and all. 

Had you tried the essay market before?  

Yes, it had been selected for publication in a magazine and I had been paid. Sadly, the magazine shut down. 

What does it mean to you to be published in this anthology? 

I count it as a huge blessing

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with someone who says "I don't have anything to write about."?  

There is so much to write about... mine your life and you will find so many little things to write about. Essays dont have to be, in my opinion, about huge magical moments and miracles. Good essays make us see the miracles in small, everyday things. 

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