Manickavel was born in Winnipeg Canada and moved to Chidambaram, Tamil
Nadu, India when she was thirteen. She is widely published on the
Internet and in print magazines in the UK, Europe and the USA.
with Kuzhali Manickavel
How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?
Kuzhali Manickavel: I
think these stories took about 4 years to get together.
TSR: Did you
have a collection in mind when you were writing them?
KM: Not really. I
thought it might be nice to have a collection out someday but it was
really one of those "someday" thoughts.
TSR: How did
you choose which stories to include and in what order?
KM: I'd really like
to say that I thought about the story order very carefully and had a
definite plan about what would go where. But the truth is that I just
sent what I had to my fantabulous publishers and they took it from
there. So I guess that is a kind of plan, in a way, but not really. I
have a feeling I'm going to fail this interview.
TSR: What does the word "story"
mean to you?
a really good question. I'm still figuring that out - so far, I think
everything has a story. A crumpled piece of paper, diseases, torn
fingernails, the act of killing something. I don't think that really
answers your question.
TSR: Do you
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your
anything at all?
KM:What made you buy
the book? Do you wish you had bought something else? If not, will you
make other people buy multiple copies? C'mon, support a Third World
writer. We're very fashionable, you know.
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
KM:It's nice, a
little strange though because I don't know who these people are.
TSR: What are
you working on now?
KM: I'm just
writing when I can. Someone gave me that piece of advice recently and I
really like it.
TSR: What are
the three most recent short story collections you've read?
afraid I'm not much of a reader right now, not because I don't want to
but because I've developed this embarrassing habit of falling asleep
every time I try to read. Coupled with my bad memory, I have to say
that I can't remember the last three short story collections I read
though I'm really sure I read something at some time. I just totally
failed this interview, didn't I.