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Author Interviews

Chat with Author Mistral Dawn

Today, I’m welcoming Mistral Dawn, author of Taken By The Huntsman. Let’s get to know her better.

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  • Welcome Mistral! Please tell us how did you come up with the concept of your book? What was the inspiration behind it?

Ha! Actually, a dream.  I had a debate with an online friend about the nature of consent at a time when I was also doing research about European mythology. Somehow the two became entwined in my head while I was sleeping, and Taken By The Huntsman was born.

  • Very interesting! What do you find most challenging while writing a book?

I think the most challenging part of writing a book is the marketing.

I’m an indie author, so I don’t have a publisher to help do this work. Marketing takes an enormous amount of time, but is extremely necessary because, as an unknown author, no one will read my books if they don’t know about them.

  • I agree, being an author is not just about writing, it is so much more. What has been your most rewarding experience as an author?

My favorite part is interacting with people who have read and enjoyed my stories. It’s such a rush to know I’ve been able to entertain other people!

  • That is satisfying indeed! Which book are you working on next? Do you want to share a glimpse of it?

My next book will be about the Winter Court king and his human Anamchara. He’s a fallen god of death, prophesy, and healing (I know, interesting combination, right?), so while he no longer has the powers of a god, he does have some interesting abilities. She’s a human who stumbled into Fairie while running from her abusive fiance on Earth. You’ll just have to wait to see how their story plays out.  But before I write that book, I’ll be writing a short story about Jillian.

  • Besides writing, what is your favorite hobby that helps you relax?

I enjoy taking in kitties who need homes and finding the people who need a kitty to love. Remember everyone, please spay or neuter your pets!!!

It was great talking to you, Mistral! I wish you good luck with your future projects!

Mistral’s Book Links:

Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords

Social Media Links:

Mistral Dawn’s Musings Bloghttp://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MistralKDawn

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MistralKDawn

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Mistral-Dawn/e/B00NGXETSM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MistralDawn

Goodreads Author Page:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8549061.Mistral_Dawn

Interview with Author Larry B. Gray

Lets welcome Author Larry B. Gray and get to know him and his book better.

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  • Welcome Larry! Please tell us a little bit about how you started writing.

I have always been an avid reader and often thought about writing. With work and family there never seemed to be the time. Several years ago when blogging started to become popular I started blogging. They say a writer should write what he is familiar with and I am familiar with me.

After blogging stories about my youth I began to get suggestions from people, literally, from all over the world saying I should write a book. So I did.

  • That’s wonderful. Please tell us briefly about your book.

I grew up in eastern North Carolina in a small rural community during the 1950’s and 1960’s which was the best possible childhood you could wish for. Family, church, friends, school, and working on the farm was the center of my world.

I have often heard people say ‘if only I could change this or that of my past’ or ‘if only I knew then what I know now.’ I would not change anything because this is what made me who I am today.

This is a collection of stories of my childhood. I hope by reading these stories the reader is able to think back good memories from their youth.

  • What is one thing you want readers to take away from your book?

The most important lesson I learned dealt with marriage. Watching Granddaddy and Grandmomma work together to make their life taught me how marriage is supposed to be. I saw them laugh together, cry together and most importantly pray together; sharing in everything they did, a true team. Throughout the book family plays a vital part in happiness.

  • What has been your most rewarding experience as an author?

With this book it has been the response I have gotten from readers all over the world. People have told me about their experiences growing up and how similar they are to mine. Some of the countries these have come from are Australia, India, Russia, Switzerland, Canada and more.

  • That’s awesome! What advice do you have for an aspiring author?

Write. If you think you can; write. If you don’t think you can; write. If you are tired, write. But most importantly, if you really, really want it, write.

 

Larry’s Book Links:  Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Paperback

Social Media Links:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/larrybgray

Book Reviews by Larry:
http://www.bookreviewsbylarrybgray.blogspot.com

Author’s Website:
http://www.larrygraysells.com

 

Meet Author Sundari Venkatraman

Today, I am interviewing author Sundari Venkatraman. She has a passion for reading and writing, let’s get to know her better.

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  • Welcome Sundari! Tell us, how did you come up with the concept of your book? What was the inspiration behind it?
    I was watching a TV serial based on child marriage. Not a regular TV fan, I just happened across this one while browsing channels one day. I was shocked to see child marriage portrayed so casually. The worst part was that the child bride goes to live with her in-laws and becomes a part and parcel of that family. Checking on the internet, I found that child marriages are still quite common in rural India. That’s when I decided that I must write a book on this premise. But I couldn’t just sit back and watch my heroine go to live in her husband’s home at the tender age of eight. That’s how the bridegroom decided to run away giving birth to The Runaway Bridegroom.
  • That’s very interesting. I love the cover as well! Which scene in your book is your favorite? Why?
    How does an author choose a favorite scene from her own book? Tough! But since you ask, there is a dream scene towards the end that seemed so real. I enjoyed the way it fell into place when I wrote it.
  • How do you go about developing characters of your book?
    I don’t develop my characters. I create them and let them loose in my head. I just sit back watching the film before writing out the scenes.
  • That’s instinctive. Tell us, what do you find most appealing about being a writer?
    Playing God! I just love doing that. I can create people and situations that suit my taste absolutely. Does that make me a megalomaniac I wonder!

Thank you, Sundari, for the marketing tip! It was great chatting with you!

Sundari‘s Book Links:

Amazon.com, Amazon.in

Social Media Links:

Blog: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sundarivenkat

 

Meet Author Adite Banerjie

I am delighted to interview Adite Banerjie today. Adite has been writing professionally ever since she graduated from college. Let’s talk to her about her latest book.

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  • Welcome Adite! I am curious about your writing process. Tell us if you outline first? How much time do you spend in plotting? 

Hi Aditi. Thanks for hosting me on your blog. This is the first time that I have an interviewer who shares my name and it feels like I’m talking to myself!

My writing process changes with every project. It depends on the aspect that I find most intriguing or fascinating about my WIP. For instance, when I started writing The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, I was fascinated with the dilemma of a woman who falls in love with the son of the man she wants to destroy. So I started thinking about who this girl is, what she does for a living, what’s her background, and how she would come into contact with a guy who lives in a world that is completely different from her own. To find some of the answers I started working on the heroine’s character and the plot began to take shape. As a result, I outlined my story very thoroughly before I started writing it.

For my second book, Trouble Has A New Name, I focused mainly on the characterization as the story is set in a wedding and has more to do with the inter-relationships between the characters. So, for this book I didn’t plot the storyline too rigorously.

  • Scenes are where a book comes alive. Which scene in your book is your favorite? Why?

In The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, I love the scene where Maya and Krish meet each other for the first time and Krish asks her for a dance. It was something that I could visualize in my mind —a glittering party, the lavish ambiance, the sensual moves of a couple doing the tango and sizzling chemistry …all in all a true blue Bollywood cute-meet scene!

As you can guess I’m a big Bollywood fan, and not surprisingly, my favorite scene in Trouble has a New Name is the one featuring Agra Aunty at the sangeet rehearsal.

  • We have more than the name in common, I am a Bollywood fan as well. Tell us about your favorite character in your books?

In The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, Maya is my favorite. She is passionate and independent, with a core of strength that comes from her emotional trauma. There is also a vulnerability and an innocence to her. When she falls in love with Krish, she struggles to do the right thing for her family. I loved writing her character.

In Trouble Has a New Name, I loved writing Rayna Dutt who is a bundle of contradictions. She is independent and feisty and yet is absolutely paranoid of what people will think about her. She is all professional ramp model one minute and klutz the next… It was fun coming up with the crazy situations that she finds herself in.

  • Besides writing, what is your favorite hobby that helps you relax?

My husband and I are huge movie buffs. Spending an evening watching back to back movies is a great way to unwind. I also love spending time with my dog, Veeroo. He is getting old and is not as active as he used to be but when it comes to amusing antics, Veeroo is an excellent performer!

  • What do you find most challenging while writing a book? For instance, I often find writing the middle part challenging.

Honestly speaking, writing a book is a constant challenge. Cranking up characters that are likeable and engaging, creating a storyline that will hold the interest of readers, making sure the plot works seamlessly…sometimes I wonder why I want to go through that process every time! Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy writing. Just that there are days when it seems to flow beautifully and then there are those when nothing seems to work. So I prefer to take it one day at a time—with fingers firmly crossed!

You certainly are passionate about writing! It was a pleasure talking to you Adite!

Adite’s Book Links:

Amazon.com | Amazon.in | FlipKart 

Social Media Links:

Website : http://aditebanerjie.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aditebanerjie?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
Twitter : https://twitter.com/adite
Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7083664.Adite_Banerjie

Interview with Author Ruchira Khanna

Today I’m welcoming Ruchira Khanna, who is a biochemist by profession and author of Choices.

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  • Welcome Ruchira! Tell us what inspired you to become a writer?

I started getting some time alone, when my  thoughts would give me company. That led to putting my introspection onto paper. Thus, a writer was evolved!

  • Do you write every day? What motivates you to write?

I try to write each day since it helps me vent over the state of affairs around me. Pain, Agony is my motivator. I get goose bumps when I see them around, and unfortunately there is plenty thus, motivating me 24/7.

  • Tell us about your writing process. How did you come up with the concept of your book?

I actually think of a theme first, and then start my plotting. In my book, Choices – Destiny/Fate were some prime words that I wanted to focus upon. With that the characters, and the setting evolved.

  •  Which scene in your book is your favorite? Why?

My favorite scene is right at the beginning of the book when Mateo and Albert are seated in the warden’s office. When both go into silence as they reflect over their past and their turmoil over just a dialogue!

  • Who is your favorite character in your book? Why?

I have two favorite characters in my book. One is Maria who is Mateo’s wife and the other is Amelia, Albert’s wife. Both these women play an important role in shaping the lives of their respective men by their patience, endurance and tenacity thus helping them make a choice in their respective lives!

  • Besides writing, what is your favorite hobby that helps you relax?

I believe in universal energy. Thus, practice it as Reiki.

  • Who is your favorite author?

I have read many authors and surely they all have impacted me in some or the other ways. But, I keep myself up-to-date on recent publications of Deepak Chopra, Nicholas Sparks, Paulo Coelho.

  • What advice do you have for an aspiring author?

Just follow your heart! My first book is not perfect, but then at least I have the satisfaction of putting my words across.

  • Do you have any book marketing tip you want to share with your fellow authors?

I am still getting acclimatized by this path. However, I can guarantee that by joining a book review group it will help you learn and market your book at the same time. Thank you The Book Club Group for hosting my Book.

Ruchira’s Book Links:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Social Media Links:
Blog : http://abracabadra.blogspot.com/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/abracabadra01
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruchira.khanna.3?fref=ts
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7307729.Ruchira_Khanna