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Interview with Vijaya S – Author of Bitten by Love

Bitten by Love is a story of Anu and Abhi who are in love. But will this love story last forever? What will happen when Anu’s overprotective family gets to know about their love? How it will be for Abhi? Filled with drama and love, it’s another delightful read.

Check the review here: Book Review of Bitten by Love by Vijaya S Published by Srishti Publishers


1: Tell us the idea behind the book?

There is one part in the book when Abhi looks at a lotus in the pond gleaming in the golden rays of the setting sun and recollects a few lines his mother had told him as a child. This is a very crucial part of the story. The idea of the story germinated from here. Can’t reveal much on this. Do read the book and share your feedback about your experience.

2: Why this genre? If you have to write in some other genre what that would be?

I have always been a romantic at heart. A kind of a person who loves
the idea of love. I had to choose Romance! I believe that love is one emotion that brings you closer to the divine because to truly love someone is to give unconditionally. And
when you start giving unconditionally, you will completely let go of
everything that you have been holding up, be it your ego, your
materialistic attachments etc. This is what brings you closer to the

If not romance, I would have chosen the self-help genre. There is
nothing like being able to help people overcome obstacles in their
lives with your experience and motivation, through an amazing tool
called writing.

3: Your favourite part from the book?

I have many favourite sections from the book. Be it the fun-filled trekking chapters where the training friends meet a fun-loving trek guide Raju who shares his thrilling childhood experiences or hilarious incidents fuelled by Anu’s bubbly nature or the emotional war of words
between different characters in the book or the intense moments of testing times for Anu and Abhi’s love or the spirit of undying love in spite of all the odds. It would be too difficult to pick one favourite part from the book.

4: What did the process of writing this book teach you?

Writing is healing for me. Writing brings clarity to my thoughts that I eventually apply to my life. As I wrote the book, it made me reflect on a lot of things. It gave me answers that I was looking for. Writing made me realize that I need to think from the other person’s
perspective too. In one word, writing is Spiritual to me.

5: A book that had an impact on you, which helped you in writing this one?

Simple fly by Capt Gopinath. This story of a village lad who goes on to own an airline had a huge influence on me. I was mesmerized by the simplistic style of writing, the countryside setting and the idea of dreaming big.

6: Tell us about your publishing journey in five words?

Beautiful, Interesting, Exciting, Growth, Enriching.

7: A quote or a para from the book that inspires you?

“How can you smile at strangers Anu? When will you grow up?” Abhi was
irritated at her openness. “All friends were strangers one day, Abhi?” she retorted.
Abhi’s smile widened into a flashy grin. It was a beautiful thought. It amazed him to see how much beauty the girl possessed from within. “How will you ever deal with this cruel world my little girl, with so much innocence?” He kissed her forehead.

8: Tell us about your future plans? Planning a new book?

Yes, I have started writing my second book. No points for guessing the
genre. It’s romance again :). Can’t reveal much at this point of time,

9: What is literary success for you?

Literary success is when someone in some corner of the world decides
to pick your book and deeply connects with the book.

10: A message for all the readers.

I would like to thank each and every reader for making that decision to pick up a book written by a debut author and for spreading the word, sharing your valuable feedback and reviews. It is your good intent and support that helps publishers trust upcoming writing talents and showcase their work. Keep showering your love and we promise we will shower you with our beautiful love stories!

About the Author:

Vijaya Sandireddy holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from BMSCE, Bangalore. She is currently working as a Technology Lead with Infosys in Bangalore. Her father’s job in police services enabled her to spend her childhood in the huge campuses, with hundreds of other such families. Being witness to those life stories, she mastered the art of storytelling. She has been writing since college days, penning down her experiences in the form of poems and short stories.

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