Leena Saldanha

Author, poet, reluctant entrepreneur, speaker, brand strategist, mom, cat lover, dog lover, coffee person, communications specialist.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I am terrified of heights and yet I love mountains; I can't stand the sight of milk solids; I write because otherwise I would scream.

What’s your greatest fear?

My words falling on deaf ears and blind eyes.

What is your greatest achievement?

Having the courage to stare at a blank page and not blink first.

High point of your life?

So many, by the grace of God... motherhood, getting published, traveling the world, setting up my business, finding a partner who makes every day a thing of joy, the pets, the strays... so many.

Low point of your life

The death of my first husband.

Which living person do you most admire?

Sir David Attenborough.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Amy Dunne - Gone Girl.

Who are your favorite authors?

Enid Blyton, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Dick Francis, Haruki Murakami, David Baldacci, Jeffrey Archer, J K Rowling, P G Wodehouse, George Orwell, Thomas Hardy, Lewis Carroll, Sylvia Plath, Toni Morrison, the Bronte sisters, Agatha Christie... the list goes on, quite literally.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Thorn Birds; Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows; Snow; Little Lord Fauntleroy; Pride and Prejudice

Is there a book you love to reread?

So many! All my top 5. Plus Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the entire Harry Potter series, the Malory Towers and St Clare's series, everything by P G Wodehouse...

One Superpower you wish you had?

Writing multiple books at a time.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

"And here she lies, Her stories told."

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?


Which book you wish you had written ?

The Republic - Plato

When and where do you write ?

Early in the mornings, when everyone else is asleep; throughout the day, when everyone else recedes into background noise; I write in my enclosed balcony at home, or sitting on the floor in my drawing room.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

And so?

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Oh yes. There is a particular way in which I name my documents - abcd_1, abcd_2, etc.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Nora Roberts, Georgette Heyer

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Tell your stories, be unafraid of your own voice.

Leena Saldanha is a storyteller, brand strategist and inveterate procrastinator. She runs a Brand Communication and Design Studio in partnership with her husband. And she spends all her time dreaming up stories, dreaming of telling those stories and then finally getting down to the business of telling them. She is grateful that her business is stories, so she never really needs to do the trapeze act of swinging from doing what she loves and loving what she must do.

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