It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Sonali Dev author of The Bollywood Bride (see my review here). It currently has a 4 star rating on Amazon and you can check it out on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Sonali is giving away a print copy of (reader’s choice) either The Bollywood Bride or her first book A Bollywood Affair (US shipping only). So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, February 22, 2016.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
1) Why should people read your book?
The Bollywood Bride is the story of a Bollywood star who returns home to Chicago after ten years to escape a scandal in Mumbai and comes face to face with the man she betrayed for stardom, and the family she abandoned. It’s a story about hope and second chances and the kind of connections between people that defy explanation but demand all your courage to allow into your life. I think it’s a story filled with both joy and pain.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
My sun room with my puppy snuggled up next to me. But I live in IL, so I can only write there for six months of the year. The rest of the year I think it’s my kitchen island or anywhere really. I’m not terribly particular about where I write because I wrote a lot when my kids were younger and developed a habit of writing while I drove them around, mostly bleachers and parking lots.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I just finished up copyedits for my next book. So I’m in that phase where I realize that I haven’t cleaned out my house in ages and that all the closets, the basement, the garage look like avalanches waiting to happen. I’m madly purging right now while the next story incubates in my head.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy is my reset-button book. His simple, almost poetic prose just makes me feel light and rested and ready to take on whatever story I’m working on. Also, Lisa Kleypas’s Again That Magic because I find that love story so incredibly magical, it always makes me reconnect with everything I love about the romance genre.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
I’m reading my friend Joanna Shupe’s next historical series set in New York city in the late 1800s. The first book is called Magnate and it comes out this month and it is spectacular. Next comes Damon Suede’s Pent Up that’s been burning a hole into my kindle.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
My husband and I share a music player and he is obsessed with this Indian singer, Arijit Singh and I’ve totally bought in. Seriously, the man’s voice is magic. There’s this song Gerua from the movie Dilwale that’s been playing on repeat for months now. It’s like M&Ms. We can’t stop.
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
Making really really good guacamole. Oh, and I can wiggle my ears.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
What is the most common mistake you see authors making repeatedly in the books you review that you wish they wouldn’t. And what sets the great books apart from the good books? Laura – Oh, a two-fer, fun! 1) Over description. I don’t need to know a character’s grocery list to know the character. I want the emotion and the action and not the where the coffee table is positioned in relation to the couch. I feel like authors think they need to tell a reader everything, but readers can figure out things between the lines. Let me use my imagination. 2) To me, a good book makes you feel emotion and a great book immerses you in the emotion. You feel with the characters, not for the characters. That to me, is what pushes a good story to great.