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Today I have author Rubina Ramesh on the platform. Let us get to know her through a question and answer session.
Tell the story of Destined in your words.
Destined was a story that was born from an incident in my life. Without going into the details all I can say is that the woman is often standing at a fork road where she is given a choice between her family and that of her husband’s. And sometimes it might be her role as a mother standing on the path which she would have otherwise taken as a daughter. There is nothing right or nothing wrong about this – it’s just a momentary intense pain which is often swept under the carpet and remembered in private moments. Esha is a young girl faces with the challenge of taking care of her father who was suffering from cancer sans any financial support. She is engaged but her fiancé finds her father a hurdle in their future. So Esha has to decide which path she needs to take in order to live with dignity in the future.
Would you say Indian readers are now more inclined to read a romance than say ten years ago?
I think Indian readers are always ready for romance. It’s just that we never came out in the open about it. 50 shades of gray had a huge market in India – that definitely tells us something about us. 😀 I remember those days when we had to hide Mills and Boon and read. Not because of the society but because of my age. I was eight or ten. That means a previous generation had a huge collection of romance in the household. But slowly the damsel in distress was no longer appreciated by the Indian women. They wanted that fight back quality in their women, someone who would stand and fight our battles without swooning just by looking at the muscles of the men. This changed the quotient on which romances were based on and they started being called more of a drama rather than pure or adulterated romance.
How much do you keep your audience in your mind while writing?
Being a debut author has its own advantages – we don’t have an audience to cater to. Once we do gather that audience, there is a moment and an author has to think what they are catering to. I don’t think any author writes from their audience. They gather audience because they are writing a particular book.
Your favorite authors in genres other than romance.
I love paranormal thrillers. Stephen King in that. Thrillers would be Sidney Sheldon and my all time favorite of all genres is Nora Roberts. There was a time I would hog on Charles Dickens too. The pain and pathos he brings about in a single character, often a child, I am yet to see another author doing that. The list is endless Summerita, as you would know, being a voracious reader yourself.
Is it Amazon or nothing for today’s indie authors?
Yes and no. I, for one, am very comfortable with Amazon. Being in the USA, my paperbacks are taken care of too by Amazon. But there are many author friends of mine who have chosen to spread wider with Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes. The world is our oyster now – many don’t like those picket fences. I suppose that is the greatest asset of an indie author – we love our independence. As you would know it too being a successful author yourself.
Thank you, Rubina. It’s lovely to hear about your point of view. I am a fan of Nora Roberts myself, and also like the non stop flow of a Sidney Sheldon book. Many thanks for the compliment, I agree being an indie author has the biggest advantage that you can write what you love without being caged in by branding.
Readers can check out the book spotlight of Destined here.