I am from and live in Auckland, New Zealand with my Indian born husband. My books, Julie & Kishore and the sequel, Julie & Kishore: Take Two are loosely based on our lives, how we – an inter-racial couple survived meeting and falling in love in the ’80’s.
What inspires you to write?
I write because I have a desire to get the written word down. I have many story ideas floating around in my head and I love forming these ideas into something people can read.
Tell us about your writing process.
Both of my books are loosely based on my life. For my writing process, I had the idea and formation of the books in my head long before I began actually writing. When I finally did begin writing, I wrote the books from beginning to end as a 'skeleton' then I went back and added the 'flesh.'
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course! The characters I write about are real to me, even if they are fiction. This is the way to make the character appear alive in a story, how else can you have them talking to other people? How do I interact with my characters while I am writing? I 'see' them in my head, I 'see' them talking with the other characters and in this way they can become 'alive' in the story.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite childhood authors still come to mind when I am asked this question: E.B. White – Charlotte's Web, C.S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little house on the Prairie and all of the Roald Dahl books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Even though my stories are based on my life, I wanted readers to know that inter-racial marriages can happen, do happen, and are successful. Julie & Kishore and the sequel, Julie & Kishore: Take Two, also have an insight into the Indian culture and way of life, which many people don't know about.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always read books, no matter what format they are in. I believe paper publishing will always be around but ebooks will become very popular. Self-publishing is great, as long as books are properly edited. In my opinion, the hardest thing with self-publishing is self-promotion.
What genres do you write?
Romance and Inter-racial
What formats are your books in?