Do you believe in vampires? Guest post by author Maya Tyler

Today I have on my blog, Maya Tyler, paranormal romance author. She’s here to share the truth about researching vampires.

Over to Maya.

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Do you believe in vampires?

Good fiction is believable, introducing the possibility of truth to the reader. How to create believable fiction? An author can use history to authenticate a fictional story. What if there is no basis in reality? My paranormal world—filled with angels, vampires, wizards—is not real and cannot be based on fact. What, other than fact, can be used to persuade a reader to believe?

Vampires are (most likely) fictitious, yet an astounding amount of information exists out there—scores of books, TV shows and movies, and websites—each source with their unique take on this fascinating creature. The sources vary—from true believer to complete skeptic—and are often contradictory. How can a vampire both burn, and walk, in the sunlight? As I looked deeper, I uncovered a compelling world rivalling even our own reality. Still, I faced the dilemma of selecting which combination of traits would make up my vampire—

Marisa’s mind raced… “This is unbelievable.”

“What?” Corgan smirked. “The little you actually know about vampires?”

“For your information, I can tell the difference between truth and the Hollywood version.”

Corgan looked at her with a raised eyebrow.

“I can,” she insisted. “No coffins, blood with healing properties, flying, super speed, super strength, immortal, mind-reading, fortune-telling, death by sun…”

— From A Vampire’s Tale

—and determining the customs, rituals, and laws of this ancient culture.

Research, imagination, and a bit of common sense led to the creation of my vampire, Corgan Halton. I approached the process conservatively, not wishing to re-invent the wheel or introduce new “unbelievable” elements, but to present a clearly defined and realistic being that inspired readers to ask “what if?” And, with that question, to take a leap of faith. Are vampires real? Believe in the impossible.

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Thanks, Maya. Believe in the impossible, indeed. Where paranormal is concerned, possibilities are endless. I’m sure readers are anxious to know something about the book. So here goes.

A Vampire’s Tale

The best laid plans…

Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper and she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent. 

Corgan was tired of human misconceptions about vampires and ‘living’ as a vampire. He planned to tell Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew if they met, she would help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined. 

Corgan began to care for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe. 

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Maya Tyler is a romance author, blogger, wife, and mother. She has a degree in Commerce, but writing is her true passion. Her short story “Just for Tonight” is included in an anthology called With Love from Val and Tyne and her debut paranormal romance novella was Dream Hunter, published in December 2014. Her second paranormal romance novel A Vampire’s Tale released on March 22, 2017. She writes paranormal romance with a twist and all her books have a common theme – happily ever after.

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#Review The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine

The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine is a medical romance from Harlequin.

The heroine, Dr Emily Clifford is a dedicated medical professional who has been oversensitive about her birthmark all her life because of a bad parent. Her failed marriage makes her even more emotionally scarred. She seeks refuge at a beautiful Fijian island where she takes her medical skills but is surprised to find another doctor already there. Dr. Joe Braden has his own personal demons to fight.

One of the hallmarks of the book is that it is thoroughly researched. The medical and cultural backgrounds are firmly blended together to form a realistic picture. I liked the portion about dengue and what the author put in as dengue remedies because the disease and the remedies are quite prevalent in India and shows how much thought author has put in the research.

Emily is vulnerable yet strong. Damaged hero Jason is worth drooling over. Both are confused by their mutual attraction and even more complicating is when her brother comes to learn of it. The author has handled it sensitively. When they get stranded on the island, Jason’s determination yet uncertainty about saving them from storm makes him very human. Emily learns new strengths as the book progresses and how she overcomes her weak self image forms the crux of discovering romance.

All in all, a well written and tender romance.

Guest Post by author Adite Banerjie #TheBookClub

Mixing two genres or subgenres in fiction can be difficult and challenging task for a writer. I have done it and I know. I write historical romance fiction. It’s a challenge to get the era right and side by side keep the focus on the central romantic pair. Today I have the spotlight on another book which mixes categories. Adite Banerjie’s newest book No Safe Zone belongs to the romantic suspense genre. I asked author Adite Banerjie, what is her advice for writing a romantic thriller. Here are her ten tips for writing romance suspense.

Over to Adite…

Ten Tips on Writing a Romantic Thriller

Most romance writers gravitate easily towards sub-genres like romantic comedies and chick lit.  Mixing romance and thrillers might seem like a bad idea. For one, thrillers are plot-driven while romance thrives on character and relationship development. Can the two meet? In my experience, they make for an unlikely but perfect match. And writing one has more than its share of thrills.

Here are ten tips on writing a sizzling romantic thriller.

  1. Start the action as early as possible. Unlike a pure romance novel where you get to see the protagonist in his/her own world and start at an easy pace, in a romantic thriller you need to begin the story with some action.  So, if you start with a murder on the first few pages, you have to keep in mind that as the plot develops the stakes have to keep growing. Build the tension as you go along instead of starting it at a very high level of tension.
  1. Character and plot development need to go hand in hand. Make every scene do double duty. Conflict and banter between the lead pair can often be pegged to something that is going on with the plot.
  1. A thriller is usually a story where the reader has a fairly good idea about who the bad guys are. But the tension revolves around how the protagonists will save their own skin and bring them down. Mysteries, on the other hand, are about finding out the identity of the criminals. Whatever you go with, bursts of high tension need to be offset with a calm period. This is a cue for the writer to focus on the romance bit.
  1. Try and end every chapter on a ‘cliffhanger’— that is, a point where a new question is raised, the answer to which the reader can find out only by turning the page and reading the next chapter. These questions could be related to dangerous situations, a crisis related to the plot or emotional conflict.
  1. Always try to create multiple smaller threats apart from the main one. As the story progresses, these smaller threats can be resolved which is also useful in growing the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine.
  1. Romantic thrillers work best when the stakes keep rising at regular intervals giving play to the ‘fear and hope’ angle. Fear that the hero and heroine are in big, big trouble that they can’t get out. And hope that they will be able to overcome the challenges and get to safety.
  1. Keep things unpredictable by adding a surprising twist or two. However, the plot twists should not come totally out of the blue or they will seem implausible. Leave vague hints at an early stage that can be exploited later.
  1. Fear and tension are significant devices in increasing the intimacy between the hero and heroine. However, placement of love scenes is crucial. Having them make out in an attic or a cupboard while gun toting bad guys are lurking around is a big no-no.
  1. Make things as difficult as possible for the Hero and Heroine before they resolve the crisis. Making it easy for them only denies the reader an opportunity of a great thrilling ride.
  1. Have fun. Writing a romantic thriller can be as much of a thrill for the writer as for the reader!

Thank you for sharing these fabulous tips, Adite.

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NO SAFE ZONE 
by
ADITE BANERJIE
 



Blurb

 
Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman. 
 
The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan. 

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Kabir couldn’t take his eyes off the game in progress. The sight of the polo players astride their horses, moving as a seamless entity, while steering the ball away from their opponents made him restless. He hadn’t ridden a horse or held a polo club in his hands for years. He had to use all his self-control to stop himself from rushing on to the field, pulling down one of the players and laying claim to his horse.
The memories came galloping back from the deepest recesses of his mind—Chetak with the brilliant white star in the middle of his forehead. What a dream team they had made. Chetak could anticipate his every move on the polo field even before he could think of it. They had never lost a game, making their perfectly matched combination the envy of every player in Rajasthan. If only they hadn’t been such a success on the polo turf…maybe things would have been different. Kabir’s heart burnt with longing and regret and the emotions bubbled within him like a dormant volcano beginning to stir up again.
Taking a deep, self-sustaining breath he raised his telephoto-lens equipped camera to his eyes, more to hide the dampness in his eyes. He focused on the spectators stand as he tried to reorient himself to his mission. He was here to get information on Ranveer Khanna, a known polo aficionado. It was the final day of the annual championships hosted by the Army Polo Club and Khanna was bound to show up.
Suddenly, two men appeared in the camera’s view finder. One of them was definitely Khanna while the other was a taller, stockily built man in his mid-twenties.
Kabir snapped a few pictures in quick succession. The younger man seemed to be agitated and was waving his finger threateningly at Khanna. He also didn’t quite fit the typical characteristics of a polo enthusiast. His attire was a little shabbier than what the other patrons of the club sported at such an elite affair. Perhaps, he was a chauffeur or a helper? His attitude though was far from servile. In fact, Khanna looked a trifle intimidated. After a couple of minutes, Khanna said something and turned to go inside the club.
Kabir took a few more random shots as he saw a waiter approach Khanna and say a few words to him.
Just at that moment Kabir’s cell phone beeped in his shirt pocket. It was Zayed—his new partner! Smirking at the thought, Kabir answered the call.
“Our man is here. Found out from the concierge, Khanna has recently acquired two stallions and is also a patron of a polo team in Argentina. It seems like he is either partnering with some other loaded investors or is a front for them.”
He waited to hear out Zayed’s response and swallowed the oath that sprang to his lips. “Zayed, if you already knew it, why you didn’t tell me?” Seconds later Kabir burst out, “Don’t give me that bullcrap. You and I are supposed to be on the same team, remember? If you had any doubts about my capabilities you should have spoken up at the meeting. If we have to work together, we share information, got it?”
Kabir felt his blood pressure rise up a notch as Zayed disgorged some more intel. Apparently, the NCA had informed him that Girls Rock! might be a money laundering front for Khanna.
“Someone from Girls Rock! is supposed to meet—hello? Are you there?”
Kabir cursed as he checked the screen of his phone to find the network signal had dropped. Moving away from the bleachers, he walked towards the club, trying to reach Zayed. He paced around a bit outside the entrance, waiting for the network signal to show up. Not even one blasted green light. He stormed into the club house in search of a landline phone. What else was Zayed not telling him? Clearly, Zayed’s reputation of not being a team player was quite accurate. It seemed like he needed to lay down some ground rules with his partner soon or else this investigation was doomed.
Scanning the lounge area, he spotted Khanna talking to a woman whose back was turned to him. After a few seconds, he saw her get up and follow Khanna out.
Kabir’s glance froze on the woman. She was petite, with the same china-doll-like figure, the same sexy gait, the same sway to her hips that made his heart pump harder. He raised the camera to his eyes, zooming in on her face to get a closer look but she was looking away. Nevertheless, he got a couple of shots before she disappeared down the corridor towards the inner sanctum of the club.
Was it her? Watching a polo match after all these years had sent his mind into throwback mode. He must be hallucinating! Get real, Kabir! 


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Adite Banerjie discovered the wonderful world of books at an early age which sparked her interest in writing. After a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist she turned her attention to fiction. Her latest book is a romantic-thriller No Safe Zone, published by Harper Collins India. She has penned two books for Mills & Boon (The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name) and written several screenplays. When she is not grappling with her current work-in-progress, she enjoys spending time with her writer husband and watching back-to-back movies. 

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Guest post by author Varsha Dixit #TheBookClub

It is often said (wrongly) that women don’t have much sense of humor. In fact, much of it gets lost because most women carry a lot on their minds. I think we are making mental lists most of the time. But laughter definitely needs a place in life, no matter how busy you are. At times when you lose your sense of humor, creative works can restore it to you. Romcoms are my favorite type of movies to relax with. Today I’ve asked author Varsha Dixit to talk about the role of humor in women’s fiction. Let’s hear her take on it. Please welcome Varsha Dixit, the author of Right Fit Wrong Shoe, Wrong Means Right End, Xcess Baggage and Only Wheat Not White. The last part of her ‘Right and Wrong’ love trilogy will be out in Summer 2016.

Over to Varsha

Humor in Women’s Fiction

When I think of funny women, I think of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling. Thankfully for an avid reader like myself, they also wrote books. Books rich in humor, observations and opinions! I would like to share with you some quotes from their books.

“Once a woman turns 40 she has to start dealing with two things: younger men telling her they are proud of her and older men letting her know they would have sex with her.” – Amy Poehler, Yes Please

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants

“I just want ambitious teenagers to know it is totally fine to be quite, observant kids. Besides being a delight to your parents, you will find you have plenty of time later to catch up.” ― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

What makes people laugh is wit and wit can only come from a person who is smart, observant and has struggled.  All that we women face growing up; lack of equal opportunities, lack of sexual freedom, born in families that makes decisions for us based on society’s expectations rather than our desires, lack of equal pay and the ultimate – the feeling of guilt when we like to work as much we like to have kids.

Tragedy I feel makes for great comedy especially when you look back at it, a drink in your hand sitting on a balcony overlooking something big and powerful as oceans or mountains.

Women writers have a large source to draw their inspiration and ironic reflections from  – each of their lives. A sexy woman is not frightening but a woman with brains and humor is deadlier than a live bomb for she will get your job and make it seem your fault.

Women writers don’t hold back on anything. They go after age, sex, job, men, children, society the world and even god. That’s what makes them so good at their job, they see the whole chessboard.

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Thanks for sharing your views, Varsha.

I agree that humor comes from deep understanding. That is why jokes are often relevant with culture. These days, I’m very involved with humor through sarcasm. Sarcasm always carries humor in it, though it is snide in its way. I often use it with my students who are not doing the tasks, of course not the sharp type of sarcasm. But telling them I don’t like you and don’t want to see you around next year makes them laugh while taking the point that they might flunk if they don’t shape up. Though they get confused what to say when I ask them, do you like the class so much you want to stay here next session? It can’t be answered in a yes or no 🙂

Do you love to read humorous fiction? Which are your favorite reads? What do you think about humor in women’s fiction?

This post is part of blog tour for Varha’s book, Right Fit, Wrong Shoe.

 

Right Fit Wrong Shoe
by 
Varsha Dixit 
Blurb 
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, begins at a point where all love stories end. The tale weaves around Nandini and all that is important to her, with two contenders gunning for the top spot; Aditya Sarin and Sneha Verma.
Aditya Sarin, the man Nandini is madly in love with, yet compelled, for some unsolved reason to shun.  Aditya, on his part, in the past declared Nandini to be a ‘millennium bhehenji (conservative girl)’ and ‘lassi (yoghurt drink) in a wine glass’. Yet he fell for her  . . . hard! However, some mysterious episode caused the lovers to, acrimoniously, part.
Now, Aditya is back in Kanpur,  all his guns blazing (the real and the imagined), determined to devastate her life. Fortunately for the readers, and unfotunately for Aditya, Nandini is determined not to‘bite the dust’ oh so quietly. Wonder, in the battle royal, who wins or who loses it all?
Sneha Verma, the other contender, is Nandini’s BFF, that one friend who knows us better than we do. The one we trust more than Stayfree or Clearasil. Sneha maybe headstrong, hammer fisted and stern mouthed, but for Nandini, she will willingly stand in the path of imminent lightning bolt or a nasty tornado, even if it’s named Aditya Sarin. In standard X, Sneha took Nandini under her wing and that equation hasn’t changed much. Sneha, a recent wife and even more recent mom, appears to be fighting some unknown demons of her own.
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, observes and opinionates the society, affected and amused. It fleetingly touches on issues; fleeting as watching discourses (courtesy Astha Channel), is trendier and quicker, than reading them.
The book is an AAA (anytime, anywhere, anyone) read. It promises to make your day better, and a bad one not any worse.
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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Guest post by author Neelam Saxena Chandra #TheBookClub

Hi everyone, please welcome author Neelam Saxena Chandra at my blog today. She is here to share her thoughts about a question I put to her about reading and her writing. here’s my question and the following is her reply.

What is your favorite genre to read and how it reflects in your writing.

I suppose I don’t really have one particular choice of genre in reading. At different times, I am seen reading different things. When I am travelling I prefer lighter reading such as romance or mysteries (I have finished reading almost all of Agatha Christie in trains. I still remember the moment when I got so engrossed in reading one of the mysteries, that I was about to miss a flight – I was the last one to board despite checking in almost two hours before departure). However, when I am reading leisurely, I love to read something more intelligent – it could be anything ranging from spiritual to a crime thriller or even a story based on social conditions in a particular state of time and region or even a science fiction. I don’t even mind reading Amar Chitra Katha or Chacha Chowdhary. A good set of poems fascinates me. I still love reading the classics. The book I am reading when I have ample time for myself should basically be a book which enriches me after I finish it. (My favorite author is Erich Segal).

To think of it, my reading habits get reflected in my writing too. I haven’t yet stuck to one genre. I write different things at different times depending upon my state of mind – poetry, children’s stories, short stories and novels. In stories and novels, I have tried various genres such as romance, horror, supernatural, etc. If there is something common in my stories, it is love and affection.

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Thanks, Neelam.

This post is part of the blog tour for her book Sands of Time. Let’s know something about the book.

Sands Of Time 
by 
Neelam Saxena Chandra
Blurb 
‘SANDS OF TIME’ is a collection of twelve interesting stories which bring out the different moods and moments in the lives of women.
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Some Facts About the Author 
 
NeelamSaxena Chandra, an author of thirty-two books,is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for being the author with highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi (2015). She works as Joint Secretary (U.P.S.C.).  She has won award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for her lyrics. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy eight authors in the country in 2014.

Awarded by eminent poet/lyricist Gulzarji in a Poetry Contest organized by American Society on the topic ‘Poetry for Social Change’.

Received the Rabindranath Tagore International poetry award -2014

Awarded PremchandPuraskar by Ministry of Railways (II prize)

Awarded by Children Book Trust, India in 2009.

Neelam also debuted as a lyricist in Shankar Tucker’s composition ‘Mere Sajan sun sun’ and the song has won the ‘Popular Choice’ award  in Folk Fusion category in Radio City Freedom Awards.

Neelam is a record holder with Limca Book of records for highest publications in a year in English and Hindi.

Neelam and her daughter hold record for being the first mother-daughter duo to write a poetry book for the book ‘Winter Shall Fade’ in Limca Book of Records, Miracle World Records and India Book of records.

           

 

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#Interview with authors of Twice upon a Time – Jazz Singh and Zeenat Mahal

Today I have with me not one but two authors. So let us get to know Jazz Singh and Zeenat Mahal. They have recently brought out romance novel with the intriguing title, Twice upon a Time. Let’s get to know first Jazz Singh and then Zeenat Mahal through this question and answer session.

Hello Jazz, great to have you here. Here’s my first question:

How did you become a writer, by chance or by choice?

By chance.  Adiana Ray (Rapid Fall),  introduced me to Naheed at Indireads, who was looking for romance writers from the subcontinent. I thought it would be good fun. And it is. Once I started writing I couldn’t seem to stop.

Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?

I have only written romance so far. I can’t predict if I will switch genres in the future. Right now I enjoy going through the love stories of my characters with them.

What makes this book special to you?

Twice upon a Time is two novellas in one book. Zeenat  made the suggestion and as we both had stories ready, we polished them, thought of a title, decided on a cover, et voila, we had a book. The stories are completely different as our  writing and sensibility are both poles apart. But I think they sit well together. Would love to have your opinion.

TUAT is special because it’s the first time we’ve done something like this. From being friends, we’ve become collaborators in what we both enjoy immensely.

A brief description of the book (your story) and its main characters.

Sunshine Girl is the story of an orphan whose circumstances are dismal but who has a never-say-die attitude.  Aanya is the eternal optimist who doesn’t let anything get her down. She is sweet and innocent but with a streak of surprising maturity that catches Gaurav’s attention.  From wanting to strike a business deal with her he ends up wanting something quite different altogether.

What are your writing fads or quirks?

Can’t think of any. Need a prompt. Perhaps I’m the model writer who has zero quirks 😉

What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)

Plotter or pantser

Panster, most certainly. And that’s the way I am – without too much planning. I guess that spills over to the way I work as well.

Self publish or traditional

Self publish any day. It’s your work and you are entitled to do with it as you please. In other words, it’s your baby, you look after it.

Polished first draft or sloppy one?

Sloppy L in terms of plot and structure.  I’m in a hurry to get a first opinion from certain people about whether the idea is workable or not.

Deadline or family/friends time

Deadlines are for my place of work. Writing romance is what I do in my free time. So it has to be family and friends, otherwise an activity that gives me pleasure would turn into a chore. I would have no life left. Another advantage of going indie.

Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts

I write as the muse strikes or if I’m in the mood. I don’t stress about routine, etc. As I said, after a day at work, I go with the flow of the mood at home.

Thank you, Jazz! This was a most interesting chat. Sunshine Girl sounds quite fascinating. I have enjoyed reading your work so far and can’t wait to read this one. In fact, it’s on top of my pile right now 🙂

Twicw Upon a Time cover

Now let’s share some coffee and cake with Zeenat Mahal.

Hello Zeenat, welcome to my blog. Let’s put you under the microscope 😉

Here goes:

How did you become a writer, by chance or by choice?

Definitely by choice. Writing is something I have to do in order to be a tolerable person. I’m quite cranky if I’m not writing.
Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?
I am sometimes. I write romance. I find it a relaxing exercise where I can do what I like doing best, i.e. Writing, without agonising the way I do over my other books because they have serious issues and serious story lines, often tragic.
What makes this book special to you?
This book is special because first, it’s a two- in-one novel with my friend Jazz Singh. Secondly, it’s our first self-pub venture together.
A brief description of the book and its main characters.
It’s a love story. The main characters are pathans.It’s about growing up, changing relatinships and friendship. Sheru is a typical Pathan, honourable, brave and Zoya is a well educated but constrained by circumstance kinda girl.
What are your writing fads or quirks?
I want silence when I’m working. If I’m disturbed I cant write. My mind just shuts down.
What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)
1) plotter or pantser

Should be plotter. Having a clear line of work makes it easier, makes the book better. I usually have a very rough plot in my head and I start writing. I should spend more time on the mechanics.

2) self publish or traditional

Both. In today’s world, self-publishing is unavoidable. One should experience it. Traditional publishing has perks like editors, a must-have in my rulebook of publishing! Without an editor, your book is unpolished and therefore unpublishable.

3) Polished first draft or sloppy one?

Hail to the sloppy first draft. Just write it down. Don’t worry about the beauty treatments till you have a first draft or you may never have one at all!

4) Deadline or family/friends time

Deadlines. Though I have to admit, I will ignore them many times. But having them kinda motivates me.

5) Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts

Should be a certain target—but isn’t with me. I’m more of a floods and droughts person for now (thank you for this coinage. I can name ‘it’ now) It has its own charm, but it’s frustrating and not at all professional. I feel one should have a specific amount of time dedicated to writing every day rather than word limit. It is something I am going to try now.

 

You’re welcome, Zeenat, I too write in ‘floods and droughts’ and the droughts make me really hard to live with! Thank you for the interview. You’ve given us fascinating answers along with some good advice for aspiring writers about the first draft.

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Twice Upon A Time is available at :

http://www.amazon.com/Twice-Upon-Time-Two-Novellas-ebook/dp/B016A5SMLM

Blurb:

Two novellas in one. Sunshine Girl by Jazz Singh is about a young orphan girl Aanya, and Gaurav, the hardened businessman. It’s a story of idealism and materialism locking horns. Guess who wins?
Yours Truly by Zeenat Mahal is a story of two people growing up together. Zoya and Sheru, have loved each other all their lives, but now their love is tested in new ways and they must choose their paths.

http://www.amazon.com/Twice-Upon-Time-Two-Novellas-ebook/dp/B016A5SMLM