Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Ritu Bhathal

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you one of my most favorite people in the blogging world, Ritu Bhathal. Not only is she a successful blogger, but she is also an author and a poet… and that doesn’t include all the other jobs she has. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

I met Ritu shortly after I started blogging in 2014. I can’t tell you how many times our paths have crossed over the years as we participated in poetry and writing challenges. If I don’t know how to do something concerning social media, Ritu is there to show me how. And that illustrates the kind of person that Ritu is. She’s always there to lend a helping hand.

In fact, last year, Ritu didn’t miss a week in writing a poem for my weekly poetry challenge. That’s pretty impressive in my book. <3

Please meet my dear friend, Ritu Bhathal:

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Author & Poet, Ritu Bhathal

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.

From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes. A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!

Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.

Having published an anthology of poetry, Poetic RITUals, she is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m happy to be here with you.

Tea time

I’m thrilled you’re here, Ritu. I even made P. G. Tips tea to celebrate your visit! Now, I’m going to ask you a question I hope you will answer. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Ideas are aplenty in my brain! But I have one fully written, unedited manuscript, which took me 17 years to write! There is one other series I wrote on my blog, which came to a natural end, that I think could be worked upon to create something too.

I also started another piece, which I think will be a good start for another contemporary fiction piece. Though I know many are aware of my love of poetry, and my anthology, I have also written children’s rhyming fiction. I have one versed story complete and two others that need finishing… oh, to have an illustrator!!!

Any unemployed illustrators out there? Ritu needs your skills! Sorry, I got carried away… Okay, I’m serious now. Ritu, what inspires you to write?

What inspires me to write, both blog posts and creatively is life. I always jokingly call life, and all experiences within it ‘Blogger Fodder’ but it’s not just a base for a post, but it’s also a great resource to pull from when writing fiction and poetry. Usually, the season we are in will inspire my verses, and the general mood around me will influence the direction of my fictional writing. I feel that we are so lucky to have this opportunity called life, that to use all the gifts it bestows upon us, to create engaging literature, is gratitude.

You have such a marvelous attitude and love for life. It shows in everything you do. So, do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?

I do indeed have a day job (besides writing, mothering, and wife-ing) and that is being a teacher. I wanted to teach from a very young age, seven to be precise, and it gave me great pleasure to finally get into a classroom I could call my own!

The life of a teacher is tough, with high expectations put upon us all, causing many to leave the profession. So far, I have taken the challenges on the head; teaching is all-consuming, and during the term, I often suffer from extreme tiredness, (mentally and physically) so this does impact my creativity.

But I love being a teacher. To be the one to influence all those young minds, and help to build a foundation for what I always hope will be a lifelong love for learning, that’s what it is all about. The day it becomes too much, I will step back, or if my second dream of writing was to flourish, then I would maybe stop, but right now, I couldn’t, financially, and to be honest, I don’t want to!

Thanks, Ritu for stopping by for a chat. I always enjoy spending time with you. P. S. I had to share my favorite of you and your husband on your wedding day. You look so beautiful! <3

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I’ve read and reviewed Ritu’s book, “Poetic Rituals,” whose name is a clever play on words with her first name. Read my review HERE.

Social media

How to contact Author, Ritu Bhathal

Website: http://www.butismileanyway.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhantomGiggler
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phantom_giggler/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butismileanyway/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/bhathalpadhaal/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/56854412-ritu-bhathal
Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/@Phantom_Giggler
Mix: https://mix.com/butismileanyway
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ritusmiles

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritu-bhathal-48941648/
Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/@ritubhathalpadhaal

And by clicking the following link, you get to my author profile on Amazon, where you can find the link to my poetry book, Poetic RITUals.

Author.to/RituBhathal

k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet Ritu Bhathal. Check out her book. I loved it. <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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139 Comments

  1. Always love reading about Ritu! She has such a colorful life 💜

  2. Thank you so much for having me over Sis!!! I lived answering your questions!!! 💜💜💜

    • It was fun wasn’t it? I love your wedding photo and had to share. You could do an entire post about your wedding customs and dress. Maybe something like that to help promote your new book at some point. 😍❤️

  3. Reblogged this on But I Smile Anyway… and commented:
    Please pop over to Colleen’s blog where I visited this morning 💜💜💜

  4. A great interview with a wonderful person. That is a fab photo of Ritu and her husband. Her students are so lucky to have her as a teacher and we are lucky to have her as a blogging buddy!

  5. It’s great to learn more about Ritu, Colleen. What a fabulous job, and I love your wedding picture. You both look amazing!

  6. Lovely to learn more about Ritu and what a beautiful wedding photo! <3 As an aside, Danielle English did my book illustrations and cover and she's wonderful!

  7. Great interview, ladies. And I love the title of the book. Best wishes!

  8. Thank you for this lovely and fun feature on my Sister. Love that photo you picked!

  9. Hola Ritu, What a fabulous wedding photograph – you’re both such beautiful people!. And so talented too. I think that teaching is a wonderful profession and can understand your passion for writing as I have it too. All good fortune to you. Sincerely Joy x

  10. A fantastic interview, Colleen. Ritu your wedding photo is beautiful. xxx

  11. Ritu’s photograph is wonderful, she looks so beautiful. I enjoyed the interview ladies.

  12. Great to see Ritu here, Colleen.
    I heard her speak at the 2018 Blogger Bash, and loved her take on life, and sense of humour. It was also really nice to hear someone say they enjoy teaching, instead of moaning about the difficulties it presents.

  13. Lovely interview Ritu and your wedding photo is stunning… looking forward to seeing some of your other projects when you have time.. not sure where you will find it.. hugs ♥

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  15. Wonderful review! Great questions and answers and I loved the wedding photo! Wishing you all the best, Ritu! Thanks for hosting this lovely interview, Colleen! <3 xx

  16. Ritu is truly a light in this blogosphere and her versatility and energy are breathtaking.

  17. Ritu! you are a true inspiration to ALL of us! Keep up the writing and sharing. Your Spirit shines in all you do and it is most appreciated.

  18. It’s lovely to learn more about Ritu. I will definitely be checking her anthology out.😊
    Ps….really clever play with words there!

  19. Love it! Great piece of art too.In need of an illustrator? Maybe you will head over to Rob (robertmgoldstein.com). Best wishes for the weekend. Michael

  20. “Blogger Fodder.” I like that. So nice to learn more about Ritu and her writing and her love of teaching. The wedding photo is gorgeous! And I loved Poetic Rituals. It was a wonderful read. Thanks, Colleen, for sharing more about this amazing blogger. 🙂

  21. Thank you so much for your kind words Diana 💜💜
    I do love how life is full of Blogger Fodder 😍

  22. Excellent interview, Colleen! I dearly love Ritu. She is one of the best. 🙂

  23. Omg such an amazing person you deserve this amazing response 💜💜💜💜

  24. Thanks so much for spreading the word about this amazing writer! 🙂

  25. I’ve met Ritu at several Bloggers’ Bash events. She makes the room shine wherever she is. She also bought along her husband to this year’s Bloggers’ Bash, so it was a pleasure to meet him too.
    Keep on shinning, Ritu.

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