Wednesday, March 4, 2020

My March IWSG Post and Using My Family Traditions in my Books

January and February flew away into the sunset super fast and March marched into our lives quickly. The last few months I have been writing so much, that my brain has become scrambled. No wonder I am coming up with these silly lines.

It’s time for another IWSG Post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. In our posts we talk about all our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts, and get support and help from other writers. Do check out the IWSG website.

IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. A warm-hearted human, Alex has several clones helping him, no wonder he writes such amazing books so fast, catches up with his thousands of followers by visiting their blogs and leaving his sweet comments there and gets the time to play his guitar. Alex, help me out, I can do with a couple of clones.

March 4 question - Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

In my last book Festival Stories Through The Year (HarperCollins Children’s Books) I have used a whole lot of our family traditions in certain festivals. India is so culturally diverse, that families celebrate the same festivals differently. During my research I wasn’t getting proper information on a particular festival, hence I used the customs my grandmother followed, which are now being carried on by my mother. And luckily for me as one of the characters in my book belonged to my community, it was easy peasy to introduce my family customs. And the best thing is that character has become a firm favourite with the readers.

What about you all? Have you all used your family traditions and customs in your stories?