THE WRITING PART
Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?
I’m bestselling author in contemporary romance with four published books. I think deep but write light. I have worked for several years in the Indian television industry as an Assistant Director and Online Editor. Currently, I live with my family in California, USA.
Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?
Contemporary and paranormal romance
Q. What draws you to this genre?
I like writing stories with humor and sizzling chemistry between the protagonists thus this genre.
Q. Briefly, what led up to last/new book? Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ is the last part in my ‘Right and Wrong’ series. The tagline for this book is, ‘Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!’
Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book?
Q. How much research do you do?
I do not shy from research and indulge in it extensively. Research is what makes fiction sound real.
Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I try to write at least 1000 words everyday and the maximum that I have written in one day are 3000 words.
Q. What is the easiest thing about writing?
Writing the first draft. Where you basically throw your idea on paper.
Q. What motivates you to write?
My passion for story telling, the love of the written word and an over active imagination.
Q. When did you decide that you want to be a writer?
Q. Where do you write from?
Either in my bed or a coffee shop.
THE WORKING REGIME
Q. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Nothing much really. I don’t let the praise go to my head or the criticism to my heart.
Q. What do you prefer: Pen or Computer? And how do you stay organised (any methods, systems, tools you use)?
I prefer computer just because my handwriting sucks.
Q. How do you relax?
By reading books and sleeping well.
Q. How did you find your agent?
I was lucky enough to find my publisher, Rupa Publishers, directly without an agent.
Q. What were your few biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?
The role of editors and marketing is what turns a good story into a best seller.
Q. What would you have done differently if you could do it again?
Probably write more every year.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I come across as very friendly and an extrovert however I love to spend copious amounts of time doing things by myself or with my family.
Q. What’s next? What are you working on at the moment?
I am writing a dark romance for my next one thus taking a break from light HEA (happy ever after) kind of story.
THE READING PART
Q. Do you re-read books? One book that you would read again & again?
I do re-read books. All classics being one example. Recently I re-read David Baldacci’s Memory Man
Q. Your influence(s)/ favourite author(s)?
My all time favorite author is Jane Austen.
Q. What book(s) are you reading at present?
None really for I’m busy working on my new book, ‘Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ that comes out in early August.
Q. Best piece(s) of writing advice we haven’t discussed?
One should write because they want to not because they have to. Writing is a lonely job so it has to be fueled by an inner passion.
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