“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”~Thomas Mann
A generalist by nature and training, Sandy Asirvatham has reported on dozens of subjects and has had the privilege to interview all sorts of people, from political activists to landscape architects to Shakespearean actors, bestselling novelists to corporate bankers, death row convicts to members of the Kennedy clan. In the late 1980s through early 2000s she wrote for countless publications, including TimeOut New York, US Weekly, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Baltimore CityPaper (where she won awards, kudos, and occasionally nasty reader letters for her biweekly column called “Underwhelmed”). In an extended moment of professional curiosity and whimsy, she also produced seven short nonfiction books (histories and biographies) for the young adult publisher Chelsea House, including a history of jazz and a history of the blues.
Journalism/professional writing was a satisfying job but never her deepest passion. Asirvatham has now decided to concentrate on book-length projects of artistic intention and depth.
“Sheath,” a short story in Berkeley Fiction Review.
“Shadow of a Doubt,” feature about Maryland’s death row in Baltimore City Paper.
Underwhelmed column (Baltimore CityPaper) for September 11, 2002 “Unforgettable”
Underwhelmed column (Baltimore CityPaper) for November 13, 2002 “Fakebook”