Award-winning author and Padma Shri awardee Amitav Ghosh said on Thursday that he has strong female characters in his books, as he has always been surrounded by "inspiring" women. The 58-year-old writer, who also has a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford University, said that in his head "there is no dividing line between history, fiction, journalism, anthropology etc..."
Listing writers in Bengali, English, Hindi, and Arabic as his inspirations, Ghosh said there were "too many" to name individually. When asked if he likes writing fiction or non-fiction, Ghosh said, "Fiction is more fulfilling and more demanding, so sometimes it's nice to have a change."
On the eve of the release of his third book in the Ibis trilogy, Flood of Fire, Ghosh shared some lessons he has learned as a writer on Twitter.
On what makes a writer:
— Amitav Ghosh (@GhoshAmitav) May 28, 2015
On researching before writing:
On his writing process:
On dealing with writer's block:
On his favourite writing spot:
On deleting sections:
On finishing a book:
On receiving negative feedback:
On writer-editor relationships:
On reading his previous work:
On being a reader to be a writer:
Watch Ghosh speak about the background to his Ibis trilogy below.