Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop, 2016: Showcasing Indie author Sundari Venkatraman

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she couldn’t write to save her life.

All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job as a school admin and didn’t know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. While she felt discouraged when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up.

In the meanwhile, she landed a job as Copy Editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as Content Editor.

Despite her work schedule, she continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also blogs voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.

Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.

In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).

2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.

In 2016, she has released An Autograph for Anjali, a romantic suspense.

Links to reviews of her books:
Double Jeopardy: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/double-jeopardy-by-sundari-venkatraman

The Malhotra Bride: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/the-malhotra-bride-by-sundari-venkatraman

Meghna: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/meghna-by-sundari-venkatraman

The Runaway Bridegroom: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/the-runaway-bridegroom-by-sundari-venkatraman-2

Matches made in Heaven: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/matches-made-in-heaven-by-sundari-venkatraman-2

The Madras Affair: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/3877

An Autograph for Anjali: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/an-autograph-for-anjali-by-sundari-venkatraman

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