My name is Vinay Keerthi (call me Keerthi and I'll bleed you to death) and I'm from Bangalore, India. I've been writing for the last eight years, counting only serious writing of course. My mainstream writing is mainly directed towards completing my first real novel which I have been writing for seven years, with the last few pages finally at the horizon. I know, I'm guilty of not completing it and I will not offer excuses. I'll only boast that I've done most of the writing in the last two years. I've also dabbled in short stories, poetry and one short novel for kids. I've not tried to get myself published yet but as soon as this book is done (sometime this month) I'll send it off for publishing after cutting the mortal nonsense out. I also read (duh), my favourite wordsmiths being J R R Tolkien, Robert Jordan, David (and Leigh) Eddings, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind (Ooh I'm not ashamed to admit) and on the classic side Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, H H Munro and Miguel de Cervantes. I found this place through Google while I decided it was time I begin searching for possibly like-minded people to butt heads with. I do admit that I'm hoping for a little less head-butting though. And yeah I'm guessing the name wouldn't make it all too obvious to people around the world so I'm a guy. I'm looking forward to getting to know writers (yay for me... why did I say that?) so here's my shalom once more.