That’s a great question. Now that I think about it, ARRANGED MARRIAGE was more challenging to write than the other two stories. The subject was intriguing yet unknown to me since my marriage was not arranged. I had struggled a bit with the concept to be able to bring out the right emotion into the story. I would say LOVE TANGO was easier to write since the heroine of the story runs a dance school. I’ve always enjoyed dancing, so I could relate to her quite a bit.
2. What do you like most about writing romance novels?
You know, I read a ton of Mills & Boon novels in my teen years, but of course, at that time, I didn’t know why I enjoyed reading them so much. I think that the inherent positivity of a romance novel is what I like. The feel good factor and the happy ending, don’t we all love that?
3. Do you think there is anything that sets Indian romance novels apart from the international / Western ones?
Yes, definitely. There are a variety of things that set the Indian romance novels apart from western ones such as the culture, family traditions, colorfulness that occurs in everyday Indian life and how the hero and heroine think about romance. All of these things shape the characters and as we all know, characters are the lifeline of stories. It’s the characters that the readers relate to the most.
4. Why did you start writing?
I believe initially I started writing for the thrill of challenging myself. Being an engineer, I wanted to see if I could actually write fiction or not. I had to retrain my brain and it was an exhilarating experience. I like challenges and often get bored of the same old routine. Now I find creative satisfaction in writing.
5. The cover looks gorgeous! Do you make your own book covers?
Thanks, I’m glad that you liked the cover. As much as I would like to, I can’t design covers at all, I leave that for others to do. I do think covers are very important, especially for fiction books. That’s the first thing readers see and get attracted to.