1. Please tell us a little bit about your newest book.
Busted in Bollywood is an eclectic mix of contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction. Think ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
The book is filled with secrets and deception and laughs and romance and food! As one reader described it, ‘hilariously scrumptious!’
2. What do you feel was your greatest achievement while writing it?
Reaching the end! After writing 50-55 000 word category romances, I was seriously chuffed to complete my first mainstream novel with a significantly higher word count.
3. Can you please share with us a bit about your average day?
I’m a busy mum who runs after her boys all day, then sits down at her computer every night to write. My work ‘day’ starts at 8.30pm. Sleep is a distant memory…
4. Are you working on another book? If so, can you tell us anything about it?
I have a Harlequin Romance, a Christmas story, scheduled for release December 2012. It features a hot Aussie pro surfer and his online marketing manager, set in Torquay (home of the famous Bells Beach, about 90 minutes from Melbourne.)
I have a Harlequin Romance releasing in January, WHO WANTS TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE? (The book kicks off with the heroine chained to the hero’s precious housing development display!)
Then in February my next Harlequin Presents Extra, INTERVIEW WITH THE DAREDEVIL is released, with a George Clooney look-a-like hero. Enough said.
I’m also writing a YA novel from a male POV. Challenging!
5. Any advice for those struggling to get published?
Write, write and write some more. Don’t give up. This business is so subjective and it often involves luck: your manuscript landing in front of the right agent/editor/publisher at the right time.
Be open to criticism but stay true to your voice. Having your work over-critiqued can do more harm than good and can potentially dilute your voice. Listen to your gut.
Lastly, respect your work. Treat it how it deserves to be treated, be proud of what you write. Oh, and develop a thick skin!
Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend's whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancÃ© her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she's mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiancÃ©.
Life is less complicated in New York.
Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that's when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn't so far away?
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