Welcome to The Dream Pedlar's emporium of delightful dreams and wondrous whimsies, of impossible illusions and fleeting fantasies! I'm very pleased to meet you.
I'm Anitha Krishnan, a speculative fiction author and an award-winning poet. But, of course, speculative fiction is as broad a term as the universe. To narrow it down, my books have so far been contemporary fantasy with a dash of mysticism and soul-searching.
Deities and dreams, loss and longing, grief and gallantry, hiraeth and heartbreak, all make frequent appearances in my stories and poems.
I live in Burlington, Ontario with my husband, referred to as KrA in my blog posts, and our cherished little one who goes by D on the site.
My days are filled with juggling writing and parenting. I've spent years wondering if balance and contentment were something I dared to desire in my life, so statistically improbable they had consistently proven to be.
In fact, for the first three and a half decades of my life (long before D came along), I bumbled along with little clue as to what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be and believing happiness lay in being someone else and somewhere else, doing something else.
Then D came along and gave me the burning desire to be the kind of person who is true to herself and sets out to achieve the dreams she dares to dream.
And so it happened that after decades of nursing a desire to write for a living and not once believing I could, I wrote and published my first book during the first eighteen months of D's life. Since then I have published quite a few books and have written several other works that are on their way to publication. You can find all of my published works here.
In these past few years of writing and parenting, I've come to find, over and over again, that when I remain in the present moment without being dragged towards the past (best forgotten but thoroughly rehashed in my mind) or the future (just as exciting or nerve-wracking as I imagine it would be), magic truly happens.
Just like everything else in life, writing and parenting are then no longer filled with strife and doubt and anxiety. Instead, everything becomes effortless and immensely joyful.
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Thank you for visiting. Now that you are here, I hope you will stay.
Stay for a while. Or stay for a little longer. Long enough to lose yourself in a dream.
~ Anitha Krishnan