Guest Post by Summerita Rhayne
Hi Devika! Thanks for having me on your blog. I’ve visited many times and really liked the ambience. Finally I have a chance to have my say here!
But now that I have, I may be at the risk of getting dumbstruck – literally ;-)
Why is that? Folks, Devika here has asked me to answer this tricky question, whether or not I'm a rule breaker. You guess correctly...with a title like ‘Against All Rules’ out now, I probably had it coming my way ;)
Mmm...breaking rules is so much fun, isn’t it? Every child who’s missed on doing homework, knows the sheer – though short-lived – pleasure of thumbing nose at the system.
For me, when I’m writing, breaking rules is something like that secret delight. Especially with characters like Tahir and Samara who are determined NOT to break them! In Against All Rules, I had quite a time with them, I can tell you. They are both single-minded, normally so unwavering from their purpose. But passion has a way of forcing you onto paths you wouldn't normally tread. And that was much of the theme of the book. However much they tried to resist it, falling into desire, lust and finally love was something they had to break all their preset rules to do.
Speaking about myself – which I'd better tell you I'm not that comfortable with, being somewhat introvert-ish except when I'm having fun, like when I'm deep into writing – I must say, most of my life I have been a dyed-in-the-wool rule follower. I never spoke too loud or drew attention unduly to myself as a child in school. I never came home late as a teen. I've jumped traffic lights occasionally but most of the time I go linearly. Maybe that's why I love writing fiction because you can get characters to go against the tide...hmm, must have a think about that!
However, I have gone against the norms on occasion and the most prominent instance was when I took up romance writing. Coming from a traditionalist family, I can tell you, that was one brave thing to do! And I surprised myself because I am the kind who'd compromise rather than create a furore. But for this, I followed my heart even though I was terribly scared of upsetting people I love. When the choice was between writing and quitting, it wasn't an option. Surprisingly, family, after initial upheavals, has been supportive and have come to the point when they don't question my busy time over the keyboard any longer!
I guess when passion overtakes, be it in your vocation or in love, the stick-in-the-mud in you doesn’t stand a chance!
Lovely to be hosted by you, Devika! :-)