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Hello everyone! Welcome to another Women’s History Month (W.H.M.) Spotlight Event! Women’s History Month is internationally known to be the month of March. This year we didn’t have a full event due to other events and items Win’s Books had planned for the month. So this is a special feature, we are featuring 1 of 2 of the LOL podcast host and Win’s Books’ official community partners, Jayanthi Sankar! So, without further ado, let’s get on with this amazing spotlight!

About the Author:

Jayanthi Sankar has been in several international literary festivals, including the APWT 2018 at Gold Coast. Her recently published novella ‘When Will You Die?’ The book is making a lot of buzz among readers. She loves reading fiction as much as experimenting with writing fiction. Tabula Rasa was a ‘Distinguished Favourite’ in the Historical Fiction category of the 2022 NYC Big Book Award and an ‘honorable mention’ in the San Francisco Book Fest.

Misplaced Heads, was on the Eyelands Book Awards 2020 final list of historical fiction, in Greece, making its mark as an outstanding postmodern historical fiction. Fiction: short story winner in the 2020 International Book Award -Ame- American fest ‘Dangling Gandhi’ also won the international Literary Titan award as well. She lives in Singapore. 

How and when did your love for writing start?

I used to be an introvert during my formative years, and didn’t even read much. After I started reading seriously during my twenties, I didn’t even realise that a critic was forming in me. And, when I came to know of her, after a few years, I had to find out how difficult it was to write before I could even think of criticise others’ works. ‘Turning point’, a short story based on an early morning dream, got published on print. Yet, it took me a few years and several more short stories before I believed I could pursue writing. Many elders in my extended families don’t believe I write, even after 28 years.

Of all of the book genres, what drew you to write about yours?

Passionate reading, and initial attempts at writing showed me something important – that only through fiction I got to live lives I couldn’t ever live, and imagine being characters I couldn’t ever be, in reality. So, fiction continues to remain my genre.

What’s your favorite story or character you’ve written so far?

I will always like Poorna and Tanya of Misplaced heads for their distinct differences and Li Wei and Kumar of Tabula Rasa also for their contrast natures. And, recently, Susan and Joe of When Will You Die? are becoming readers’ favorites. I hope I will like my WIP novel better than all of my previous works.

What is one thing about the publishing process that you can’t stand?

I’ve learned long ago – never to even think of expecting my publishers to match my pace, yet the clueless wait, to hear from them for updates on the process at every stage, still remains my least favorite. It’s inevitable, I know, because for me it’s one book at any point
but for them, mine is one among many.

What makes your book(s) special?

Readers and reviewers find my language simple, yet my perspectives profound. Most of the times, I end up working on the psychological sides of my characters. And my strength has always been in my explorations into different ways of telling my story. My characters are far from idealism and that adds more authenticity and credibility to my narratives that don’t reflect any of my life or incidents.

So… what are you working on now?

I’m currently rewriting the chapters of my fifth novel, hopefully to hit shelves towards the end of this year, hopefully, that is. I’ve not fixed any deadlines for myself this time. And, the title this time is going to intrigue readers more than ever.

Jayanthi is making women’s history! This author and her work are both admirable. Jayanthi is a fun and wonderful person in addition to being an excellent author. I can’t wait to share more about our and Sre‘s partnership in the future. It’s going to be great! For more information about Author Jayanthi or to connect with her, please visit:

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