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Historically Inspired Fiction Novelist – Padma Venkatraman

Our guest today is an Award-winning American author, Padma Venkatraman, who has worked as a chief scientist on oceanographic ships, spent time under the sea, directed a school, and lived in 5 countries.

The Padma has 4 published novels, 3 of which have won several national and international awards. 

Padama gives keynote addresses, speaks on TV and radio, serves on panels, conducts workshops, has been a guest at international author festivals and visits schools all over the world.

We love the quote on your website:

“Stories are ships on which we sail the oceans of imagination!”

Conversation Topics:

  • Padma’s background story
  • From science to writing
  • Being an immigrant in the US at 19
  • Digging through family history
  • Writing her first book
  • Personal resolve after 40 rejections
  • Finally getting Penguin Books deal
  • Book writing process
  • Creative habits
  • Advice for writers
  • How to find a good agent
  • Padma’s future aspirations


Padma’s Website

A Time To Dance

Island’s End

Climbing the Stairs

The Bridge Home


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About the author, Devani

Hey! I’m Devani, a multi-passionate creator who enjoys honing the craft of writing (mostly;)), photography, cooking, podcasting, learning about business, and growing brands. I co-host the iCreateDaily Podcast with LeAura Alderson (my mom), and co-own the iCreateDaily brand. I hope through the content and products we produce, you will be inspired to start, sustain, and succeed in your goals.

My non-business and artistic hobbies include: enjoying a good movie, discovering obscure but epic music, obsessing over The Beatles, and developing fictional stories in my head. My Maltese dog, Caspian, provides an insane amount of creative inspiration by just being his adorable self. #HeWokeUpLikeThat. 😉