A Glimpse Of Nikita Lalwani: Her Writing Ideology
Nikita Lalwani is a novelist born in Kota, Rajasthan and raised in Wales.
Her first book Gifted was published in 2007. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. She was nominated as the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2008, she won an inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize for fiction.
Her second book, The Village was published in 2012. She has contributed to The Guardian, The New Statesman and The Observer. In 2013 she was a book judge for the Orwell Prize. In 2018, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Encore Prize in 2019. She also contributed to the anthology Resist: Stories Of Uprising. Her novel You People was published in 2020.
She co-wrote episode 3 for The Outlaws for BBC/Amazon Studios.
What is writing according to Nikita? Read in her own words
For me, writing fiction is usually an attempt to answer a question that I don’t instinctively know the answer to. It takes the physical and mental tussle of writing through a situation for me to understand what I think about it. That’s often how my stories start; when I can see a position of unease that intrigues me, that I want to get closer to. The characters, the situation and the place all come about as a result of that desire. Writing a novel takes a long time for me which means I have to be really fascinated with the question at hand to sit with that for any length of time. It’s not as simple as ‘what do I think about this?’ ‘Oh, there’s the answer.’ It needs to be something sticky that keeps drawing you back.
Lalwani is a writer who understands people, and it shines through in her descriptions; one man, involved in human trafficking, has “a faux deference, and a light familiarity, like a family accountant”. Her first book is about the plight of immigrant workers.
She is an empathetic soul who donated her first prize money to charity. She is an inspiration to many women out there who want to make in the literary world.
Believe in yourself and follow your heart.