Guest Post: What inspired you to write your latest book?
As I was surfing through different TV channels a few years ago, I came across this series that began with a Child Marriage. I was intrigued and watched a couple of episodes in morbid fascination, especially as I am not a fan of TV. While the series went on about how the child bride goes to live in her husband’s home, I somehow could not accept that in this day and age. It seemed bizarre to a person like me who lives in the city.
While my grandmother married my grandfather when she was twelve years old, that was in 1929. My mother was fifteen when she married my father in 1958. But this is the 21st century, the new millennium. Do child marriages happen in the present? That’s when I checked for information on the internet and realised that child marriages are a reality in a country like India even today.
My imagination went overboard, keen to use this premise, then again most definitely not wanting to present it as if it’s the best thing that could happen to humankind. Moreover, I am a writer of romance. Then how would I present child marriage in a novel? That’s when I realised that my bridegroom had to runaway and “The Runaway Bridegroom” was born.