Author Interview Series: Interview 3: Reet Singh

Dear readers,

Let me introduce Reet Singh today. She is a doctor, wife, mother, an avid romantic, and now a romance writer.  She devours romantic fiction, watches romcoms, does creative things with wool and a crochet hook, plays Scrabble, and loves putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her readers in the form of reviews of her books thrills her.

While her children were growing up, she read to them from story books, and told them tales concocted from thin air. That experience set into motion her desire to write – her first attempt is being prepared for Kindle Direct Publishing, while her second one, ‘The Zaken Takeover’, co-authored with her son, is available already on Amazon, for Kindle. She ventured into romance writing after winning the Passions Contest in 2013 (run by Harlequin® India). Her first romance title, published by Harlequin® India, is ‘Scorched by his fire’; this is available as both ebook and in print form.

Thank you very much, Reet for taking time out of your busy schedule, and answering my questions.

At the outset, Reet, please tell us a little about yourself.

Arti, I am so happy to be here. Thank you for hosting me.

I am this crazy multi-tasker, who is happiest when she is most frenetic. I am passionate about things, impulsive, impatient, easily distracted, and eternally optimistic. I like most people, but I love being alone; I hate partying, preferring to slouch about at home.

How did you think of writing a book? Who inspired you?

My mother and my children! My mom read to me and my sisters, every day, till we learned to read, and I continued with the tradition when I had children. But then one day I stopped reading, and instead, started making up my own stories for them. Thus, as you mentioned, my first book was a book for children.

You are a doctor. How do you manage to find time to write?

I am working in an area that caters to the poorer, less privileged, section of society, which means that I am pretty much inundated with work from 9 to 5. After that, since my children are away in college, I come home to a few chores, catch up with a bit of my academic work, and then – because I owe myself some ‘me’ time – I do something for me. Writing is my newest love, and I’m learning that it can be very time consuming, especially as deadlines approach. Still, so far I am loving it!

What were the challenges faced while writing the book?

Most of my challenges were before I won the Passions Contest – like, how to interest a publisher in my manuscript.

Thereafter, my big worry was how I would ever manage the 50,000 words expected of me. Making time for dedicated writing was another difficulty. As far as plot, and what twist and turn to introduce next in the story, was concerned, I made use of my daily commute to figure that out. I had great guidance from Laurie Johnson, my Harlequin editor, so mostly it was a fantastic experience.

The setting of your book is beautiful Mauritius. How did you decide on it?

That was serendipity. I had just returned from a work-related trip to the lovely Island when Passions was announced, and one of the stipulations was that the story should be based in an exotic locale. Mauritius was the perfect choice!

The cover of your book is very different from a usual Mills & Boon, did you have a say while designing the cover?

Oh yes! Like I said, both the UK and Indian editors, the fabulous duo of Laurie Johnson and Amrita Chowdhury, generously allowed me to describe the kind of cover that I thought would complement the story of Mita and Tanay. Then, I was sent a selection, and I chose what I imagined was the perfect fit.

Which book are you currently reading?

Oh dear! I wish I was currently reading. My work-in-progress, book two for Harlequin® India, is taking up all my time and the deadline is so close, I can feel its hot, hungry breath on the back of my neck! If it counts for anything, I finished Aarti V Raman’s ‘Kingdom Come’ a week ago, but won’t be picking up another read until I submit the first draft of book two.

Who is your favourite author? Has any influenced your writing?

I absolutely adore PG Wodehouse. Also, I love Lucy Walker, and Georgette Heyer. I would be very surprised if they haven’t all influenced my writing. Maybe sentence construction, or a comic scene, I cannot say exactly how, but I admit that it is a possibility.

What is the next project that you are working on? When is the next book scheduled for release?

I’m writing book two for Harlequin® India. For now I have tentatively called it ‘One Memorable Night in His Bed’. It is the story of two young doctors, Simi and Rudy, who meet in New York and are weighed down by the devils of their past. The story takes them to India where they must come to terms with their past in order to accept and celebrate their feelings for each other. It is due for release sometime later this year.

Any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?

Read, read, read, and write, write, write. Reading what other people write, inspires and educates on what to do and what not to do with your own writing. You will find that your writing evolves with time. Keep writing and keep surprising yourself.

Thank you once again for sharing your thoughts with your readers.

 

Social Media links of Reet Singh for readers to find/follow/like:

websitereetsingh.in

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reet.singh.5458

 twitter: @AuthorReet

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Reet-Singh/e/B00I6J47LK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_2

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7794919.Reet_Singh

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If you are interested in Reet Singh’s Books, here are the links:

Buying links for Scorched by his fire:

Kindle edition is available from
1. Amazon India: http://www.amazon.in/Scorched-Mills-Indian-Author-Collection-ebook/dp/B00KM0ZQ7K/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402584319&sr=1-3&keywords=reet+singh

2. Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Scorched-Mills-Indian-Author-Collection-ebook/dp/B00KM0ZQ7K/ref=la_B00I6J47LK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402585282&sr=1-1

3. Mills and Boon UK: http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/scorched-by-his-fire

The print book is available from:
1. Amazon.in: http://www.amazon.in/Scorched-Fire-Mills-Indian-Author/dp/9351063747/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402584319&sr=1-1&keywords=reet+singh

2. Flipkart: http://www.flipkart.com/scorched-his-fire/p/itmdsuwpbqrux8az?pid=9789351063742&otracker=from-search&srno=t_2&query=reet+singh&ref=4dfc8996-7477-4557-9135-1f25108d80a0

3. Infibeam: http://www.infibeam.com/Books/scorched-fire-reet-singh/9789351063742.html?utm_term=reet+singh_1_1

4. Crossword: http://www.crossword.in/books/scorched-fire/p-books-9789351063742.html

Buying links for The ZAken takeover:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZGI5DG

 

Next in Author Interview Series: Interview 4: Falguni Kothari on 7th July 2014

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Welcome to The Book Club’s very first Giveaway

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We’re extremely excited about it. You will be toowhen you hear the details. Get ready to be blown away by Tornado Giveaway! 

A tornado of books is coming your way. We love our Authors. They give us hours of entertainment; they fill our lives with love and passion. Today, we want to do exactly that. Fill your life with love. This is a Romance Giveaway with a smattering of crime thrillers and a heartwarming family saga – to spice up your life.

Starting on the 1st of July we will introduce each of the twenty-three participating Authors on our Book Club page. Some you already know; some are new.  But all promise to keep you entertained with their words.

Believe it or not, we have 200 books to give away.  Didn’t we say, a Tornado is coming your way!  And there will be not one… not two … but 17 Winners who will get 17 books each and 6 Mega winners will get a chance to grab 22 books each.

How do you participate in this Giveaway? It’s simple… just follow the Rafflecopter(scroll down) and win all the books. 

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23AUTHORS; 23 NOVELS; 17 WINNERS6 MEGA WINNERS 

 



Participating Authors

 

Name of the Book Name of the Author Date of Post
Scarlet Revenge Ann McGinnis 1st July
Saving Justice Tasman Gibb 2nd July
The Perfect Groom Sumeetha Manikandan 3rd July
Wilde Riders Savannah Young 4th July
Scorched by His Fire Reet Singh 5th July
When I see your Face Devika Fernando 6th July
The Malhotra Bride Sundari Venkatraman 7th July
Butterfly Season Natasha Ahmed 8th July
The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal Adite Banerjie 9th July
Bootie and the Beast Falguni Kothari 10th July
Full Circle Yamini Vijendran 11th July
Bollywood Fiance For a Day Ruchi Vasudeva 12th July
The Truth About De Campo Jennifer Hayward 13th July
Twelve Hours of Temptation Shoma Narayanan 14th July
Monsoon Memories Renita D’Silva 15th July
His Captive Indian Princess Tanu Jain 16th July
The Return of the Rebel Jennifer Faye 17th July
Rapid Fall Adiana Ray 18th July
Kingdom Come Aarti V Raman 19th July
Crossing the line Nicola Marsh 20th July
India was one An Indian 21st July
Lily’s Leap Téa Cooper 22nd July
Love’s Labour Andy Paula 23rd July

 

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Adiana Ray Rayyyydays
Adite Banerjie AditeBanerjie
An Indian India Was One
Ann McGinnis Ann McGinnis
Arti Metroreader Arti Metroreader
Bhavya NK Ishithaa
Devika Fernando Devika Fernando
Dola Basu Singh Shiuli
Falguni Kothari Falguni Kothari
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Eloquent Articulation
Janaki Nagaraj Memoirs of A Homemaker
Jennifer Faye Jennifer Faye
Jennifer Hayward Jennifer Hayward
Jigar Doshi Jigar Doshi
Parichita Singh Parichita
Natasha Ahmed Dear Rumi
Nicola Marsh Nicola Marsh
Nikita Soni Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff
Pooja Abhay Thoughtless Ramifications
Reet Singh Reet Singh
Renita D’Silva Renita D’Silva
Rubina Ramesh The Book Club
Ruchi Vasudeva Ruchi Vasudeva
Savannah Young Savannah Young
Shoma Narayanan Shoma Narayanan
Sonia Rao soniaraowrites
Sumeetha Manikandan Books Reviews by Sumi
Sundari Venkatraman Flaming Sun
Tanu Jain tanurja’s Blog
Tasman Gibb Tasman Gibb
Téa Cooper Tea Cooper
Usha Narayanan Usha Narayanan
Yamini Vijendran Straight from the heart
Andy Paula Andy Paula

 

 

This Giveaway is hosted by The Book Club. A group of Writers and Bloggers who have come together to spread the works of different authors from around the globe. 
 
 
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A special thank you to Adite Banerjie, Sundari Venkatraman and Dola Basu Singh. Without you this Giveaway was not possible. 

 

Pink Champagne by Madhuri Iyer

ImagePink Champagne is an Indireads novella written by Madhuri Iyer. Set in New York, it is the story of Arjun Mehta and Tanya Sen.

Book Blurb:

Alone and new to New York, Tanya’s chance encounter with Arjun turns out to be a blessing in disguise. He introduces her to new friends, rental condos and pink champagne, and generally spends way too much time with her.

At least, that’s what his very suitable fiancée, Lily, believes. Regardless of her mother-in-law’s obvious preference for the new girl, Lily digs her claws in deep and she isn’t planning on letting go of the suave Arjun.

With the wedding looming, Arjun is being pulled two ways; the flighty, fun-loving Tanya, or the sophisticated Lily?

The characters:

Arjun Mehta, 31, runs the family business of chemical and plastics. His mother stays in Bergen County and his sister studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Half Indian-half British Lily Holmes, his fiancée, has a small family business in New York.

Tanya Sen, 23, the only child of academician parents, is academically brilliant with an impressive record. Her support system is her colleagues and friends.

Karsh Oberoi, Arjun’s friend, is a banker in New York. He becomes Tanya’s ‘How to’ authority.

The story:

Tanya gets a job offer in a New York based financial services firm as an Investment Banking Analyst and moves from Toronto to New York. She trips and collides into Arjun at a rest stop on the way and spills the contents of her bag. In a rush to put them back, she puts Arjun’s Blackberry in her bag, a mistake she realizes after his mother calls him when she reaches New York. She meets him for breakfast the next day and also meets his friend, Karsh. She gets busy with work, takes advice from Karsh and runs into Arjun off and on.

Arjun’s mother wants to meet her and he helps her in her search for her apartmrnt. Karsh likes Tanya and wants to date her himself but she is infatuated with Arjun and he is engaged to Lily.

The review:

The story is simple and cute and the characters are wonderfully portrayed. The author has described the feelings of the main characters as well as the supportive ones. I finished the book in one sitting and found it to be a perfect end to a hectic, stressful day.

Highly recommended. Like all Indireads books, this one also left me with a smile on my face.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Indireads

Format: Ebook

Girl From Fatehpur by Sarita Varma

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Girl From Fatehpur by Sarita Varma is the story of Sanjana, a simple girl from Fathepur, now working in Mumbai.

The Blurb:

“I love you Rajan,” she had blurted out, hands clenched tightly at her sides.

“Sana, you are only a kid…you will soon forget all this. Besides, don’t you also love Shahrukh Khan?”

A decade has gone by and Sanjana, now a highflying professional in Mumbai, thought she was over her childhood crush on the enigmatic Rajan. Back in her hometown Fatehpur for a family wedding, she bumps into him; he’s still enigmatic and the sparks are still there. Just when things begin to heat up, though, in walks Krish, a colleague from Mumbai, who seems to be very possessive of Sanjana…

The Story:

Sanjana, Sana, is born and brought up in Fatehpur by her doting family of parents, grandparents and Uncles and aunts. They are a very close knit family and she is very close to her cousins and can share her innermost feelings with them especially Devika. Rajan is their neighbor and a close friend of her cousin. When she is fifteen and he nineteen, she confesses her love to him just before he is leaving for the US for his engineering degree.

Now, ten years later, she has not been to Fatehpur since the tragic death of her parents in a car crash four years ago and is working in Mumbai. Zoya is her colleague and flatmate and she can bare herself to her. Krish Chauhan is the Team Leader and has proposed marriage to her and she is not sure of herself and wants time.

She finds the perfect opportunity for a break with her cousin, Renee, getting married in Fatehpur. On the way to Fatehpur, she meets Rajan and they slowly come back to the familiarity of their teenager years and get involved in the wedding preparations. They make a good team. And suddenly, Krish reaches Fatehpur as the cousin of the groom. Krish is like arubber ball, undeflatable. She is all the more confused.

How does Sanjana fair in the love triangle? Read the book to find out.

My take: 

I loved the way the author has developed the characters and described their feelings. The language and flow are good and the story is very sweet. She has described the joint family culture in India and also the feelings of the characters.

The book leaves a sweet taste in the mouth and a smile on the lips. An unputdownable book.

A must read, definitely.

Book Source: Review copy from Indireads

Publisher: Indireads

Book Type: ebook

The Diary of A reluctant feminist by Bhavna Bhavna

thediaryofareluctantfeminist400x400imadqgkdtpzdywzc_1384511630I received the book, The diary of a reluctant feminist by Bhavna Bhavna as a part of the Flipkart Affiliate Blogger Program. Thank you, Vivek, for the book.

The blurb:

‘The problem in   my struggle for a divorce was in the small-print- as with everything in my   life it read “‘subject to my mother’s permission.”  And since my mother was never going to   allow me to divorce, I was relegated to being an armchair divorcee… So I decided,   after two years of being separated, to stop waiting for my parents’ elusive   permission, and to take the initial steps in the painful journey myself. In   this process, I was also branded a ‘feminist’, which in their view is   marginally worse than being a terrorist…’

The   Diary of a Reluctant Feminist is a   profoundly funny chronicle of a young woman’s attempt to get divorced as –   opposed more by her own parents than her in-laws and her ex – she struggles   to explain the flimsy grounds of incompatibility to her disapproving,   old-fashioned, middle-class Punjabi family. Warm, humorous, sad and wise,   this is a book for all those who have ever dreaded telling their parents an   uncomfortable truth about themselves

A sneak peek:

This book is the story of a 38 year old lady, Baby (youngest in a big 37 membered family), married for twelve years with two children, now mutually separated from her husband, after failed counselling sessions for two years and wants a divorce. She belongs to a disapproving, vociferous, middle class family to whom separation and divorce are anti-Indian. In India, divorce is acceptable as long as it happens to someone else. God is a family member and her God fearing parents and family members do not believe in the concept of divorce. So, when she tells her parents, the blame falls squarely on her shoulders and it is her family Vs her.

The book has been thoughtfully divided into twenty six chapters and a prologue. Each chapter has a beautiful poetry at the beginning and a checklist at the end. The book starts with a chapter on the Art of parenting in India and its five golden rules followed by one on the Indian marriage (a big thing in India) where she talks about the Hindu marriage vows saying that the vows state the three major crucial accomplishments in the children’s lives namely, being born, getting educated and getting married.  In the next chapter she talks about the Indian Joint family and who stands where and her relationship with her parents and her siblings. Then comes the chapter on marriages in India (marriage being a social duty to one’s parents), they could either be arranged or love, more so arranged which are more of a community effort. She has hilariously mentioned the reasons why anybody would want to marry an Indian Punjabi man. She has gone on to describe the process of the Indian marriage from the viewing till the wedding and why Indians don’t want to get married again.  She talks about the Indian mother in law, the battle of supremacy and the Indian husband.

Then comes the part of the impending divorce and hell breaking loose, her parents say that they had found her the perfect son-in-law and sided with him and her siblings sided with her parents. And since she does not meet the three criteria for divorce in India, her parents say no to divorce. Her children are affected the most by the situation but after separation, they were able to spend some quality time with their father every weekend. She is under pressure to return to her marriage, labelled a feminist and then she talks about getting the divorscan0001ce and the life after.

The book is actually very well written in first person and is humourous and serious. It made me laugh and it also made me cry. I actually felt for Baby, who suffered while trying to make her marriage work and in my heart of hearts felt that this was what Bhavna went through and has tried to make it a little fictional. Somewhere I also felt that the book was targeted at the non-Indian readers.

Overall, I liked the book, it was quite true in a lot of contexts. Would recommend the book, not because I want you to go through her emotional turmoil but because I feel reading this book gives an insight to to a lot of things which we just don’t notice and think it is a part of life.

Book Source: Flipkart as a part of the Flipkart affiliate program

Publisher: Hachette India