My name is Anu Bharadwaj (Kandikuppa). I’m a student of fiction writing in the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College. I have a Ph.D. in Finance, worked in economics consulting for eleven years, and was Principal in a consulting firm in Boston when I decided to follow my long-standing interest in writing. I began exploring the world of literature with workshops at Grub Street, Boston and writers’ conferences such as Bread Loaf. Then I decided to get an MFA.
Nowadays I work on occasional consulting projects with my firm but spend a good amount of time reading and writing. Every day I get to sit down with a book and my writing, I feel grateful.
I enjoy writing with strong voice, omniscience, and comic and satirical tones. I like bringing in the surreal and give in to the strangest of my ideas rather than resist them. Writers who influence me: Donald Barthelme, Albert Camus (The Fall), Dostoevsky (Notes from Underground), Gogol (“The Overcoat”), Kafka, Steven Millhauser, George Saunders.