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Contemporary writers have a lot to worry: author

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Demands set by publishers could restrict an author's creative autonomy, Ms. Misra says.


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Young fan:Author Jaishree Misra signing autographs during the launch of her latest book

KOTTAYAM: Writer Jaishree Misra has pointed out that creative writers could seldom write with a steadfast notion that their works should stay clear off offense.

She was speaking during the launch of her latest book ‘A Scandalous Secret' at DC Books here on Friday.

Ms. Misra said that there is ‘a lot to worry' for writers in the present times and such hindrances could affect one's creativity.

‘A Scandalous Secret' is the author's seventh book and is the third of a trilogy commissioned by Harper Collins, the other two being ‘Secrets and Lies', and ‘Secrets and Sins'.

Theme of motherhood

According to Ms. Misra, the novel revolves around the theme of motherhood, in which the protagonist had given up her illegitimate daughter at birth and the daughter goes in search of her birthmother when she becomes 18 years of age.

“The story has been inspired by a clipping I had seen in a newspaper some time ago about a well-known British politician who had given away her child at birth,” says Ms. Misra.

Interacting with the audience after reading some excerpts from her book, Ms. Misra admitted that the demands and deadlines set by publishers could restrict the creative autonomy of a litterateur.

Speaking after launching the book, former Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University and social activist B. Ekbal said that only the major publishing houses came forward to promote many of the upcoming writers. This trend should change in order to reduce the growing distance between the authors and the readers, he said.

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