When Christine Nolfi, bestselling author and awesome sauce, suggested I write fan fiction for the Lei Crime Series (#LeiCrimeKW), my first reaction was – but I don’t do 50 Shades of Gray! ☺ (If you’re not aware, the latter started off as fan fiction.)
Once I got past my knee-jerk reaction, I bought Blood Orchids, the first book in Toby Neal’s amazing series. To help with my research, Toby generously offered me free copies of the rest of the series – both ebooks and audio. Toby’s books are meticulously plotted police procedurals, so it was no hardship to read/hear them. I was hooked!
I needed a character to build a story around, so I chose Wayne Texeira. He’s fresh out of prison and ready to get on with his life. He just has a little problem with anger management. Something about this rough around the edges, yet honorable, man appealed to me. I decided to give him something to look forward to – a love interest who is also a very capable woman (no wishy-washiness for me).
I also decided to throw Texeira bang in the middle of suspicious deaths (because, really, what’s a murder mystery without bodies?) – and Valley Isle Secrets (link and cover coming soon!) was born. Toby Neal and her band of Lei Crime Kindle World writers (me, included) are doing a joint book launch for multiple books in this series.
But, really, what’s a book launch without readers? So I’d like this chance to invite you to join our Facebook party on Dec 28, 2015.
Thank you, Christine Nolfi, for suggesting #LeiCrimeKW to me. And thank you Toby Neal for inviting me to be a part of your writing world and, of course, for writing this fabulous series!
On Saturday, November 15th join ALLi award-winning authors and powerhouses of Indie publishing – J.F. (Joanna) Penn, Bette Lee Crosby, Orna Ross, Patricia Sands, Christine Nolfi, Jessica Bell, Linda Gillard, Rasana Atreya and Joni Rodgers for a discussion of the heroines we love, unlikely heroines, and stereotypes of women in fiction. We’re giving away paperbacks in a variety of genres: suspense novels sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, contemporary literature to warm your heart and literary gems from authors across the globe.
Don’t forget to join the party and feel free to invite your book loving friends!
Theme of Chat: Strong Heroines, Unlikely Heroines, and Stereotypes of Women in Fiction
Trivia relating to one of my novels: I was going to call my novel Half A Girlfriend. Then Chetan Bhagat (India’s biggest selling author) announced he was going to call his novel Half Girlfriend (without the A). It didn’t help at all that both our protagonists were called Madhav. I wanted to go ahead with my original name anyway till wiser counsel prevailed, and my novel ended up as 28 Years A Bachelor. My other works are Tell A Thousand Lies (novel) and The Temple Is Not My Father (novella). These books are currently available on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.
Author Interview – Rasaba Atreya, a successful author born out of annoyance with advertisements … (via ePublish a Book)
Author Interview – Rasaba Atreya, a successful author born out of annoyance with advertisements … Rasana Atreya, author of Tell A Thousand Lies, left a comfortable job in IT because she thought roughing it out as a penniless writer was romantic. She’s a blogger, and the mother of two grade-schoolers…
As of this morning my novel, Tell A Thousand Lies, sits at the top of the heap:
- #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Drama > Eastern
- #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Eastern
http://ow.ly/9A83N [Amazon US]
http://ow.ly/9AJit [Amazon UK]
Laxmi Hariharan tagged me for the weekly meme of The Next Big Thing! The tagged author gets to answer ten questions. So here goes:
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
Half a House
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I saw an episode of a wacky grandfather in my head. When I transcribed it to paper (okay to my laptop), the grandfather’s wife, even more eccentric, demanded to be let in. And what are grandparents without a grandson, right?
The grandparents also have an eccentric, correspondence-course taking friend. But all is not wacky in their world; the granddaughter is having problems with her in-laws.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Despite how it sounds, this is not YA. It is the same genre (sort of) as my other book, Tell A Thousand Lies. Mainly women’s fiction, with some humor thrown in.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The movie is already playing in my head. I can see their faces, but can’t think of actors to play them. Not yet. Besides it is difficult to visualize a globally known character playing a sari-clad grandmother, don’t you think?
Having said that, I’m kind of partial to Dame Judy Dench. 🙂
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Gosh, I’m going to have to work on this.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published. I chose the same path for my first book despite having a publishing contract.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote snippets involving the grandparents over four years ago. When my other novel demanded to be told, I set this aside.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It is in the same genre as Khaled Hosseini’s or Vikram Seth’s books except their books are classier and, well, less wacky.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I Had A Dream.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
That I don’t shy away from nutty characters? 🙂
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My book, Tell A Thousand Lies, is officially out in the world! Print book to follow in a month or less. One line description: A politician bribes an oracle to declare the teen he’s targeted is a Goddess descended from the heavens to endorse him in the elections.
Since I refused a mainstream publishing offer, this is a huge step for me.
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