I am very happy to introduce you all to one of my bestie auhors (from the times I have started reviewing books for my blog). She is a multi-tasker,amom, a food blogger, a passionate writer and wears many more hats.
It was really enjoyable experience for me while reading book – Chakra. Hats off to her for managing so many characters with expertise.
Welcome abroad maam!
BNI: So, What all you have written / published till date?
RL: Two short stories in CBSE text books, three full length novels, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI and Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way. My fourth novel, His Father’s Mistress is out next month. I also blog at www.phoenixritu.com and https://cookingisfundotcom.wordpress.com
BNI: What inspired you to write your first book and or this book?
RL: I like writing stories, and it seemed a natural progression to write full length novels. I had spare time once my older son got married and the younger joined college, so I started writing.
BNI: A 30 word tagline for your book.
RL: Chakra journeys thought the sands of time, in a parallel universe, alongside the one we inhabit. It is an almost cinematic journey from Jaipur to Delhi to Mumbai and Odisha. The book moves on a good pace and the action keeps you on your toes. It is Fantasy meets Vedic Wisdom behind the veiled backdrop of current global scenarios.
BNI: How did you come up with the title?
RL: The book is about awakened kundalinis, and personally, I practise chakra meditation for mental and physical health, so Chakra seemed to be an apt title.
BNI: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
RL: I would love to say Young Adults, but actually a lot of appreciation has come from people of all ages.
BNI: Who is your favourite and least favourite character? What makes them so?
RL:I love them all; the characters are fascinating to me.
BNI: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
RL: This is a trilogy in the making. The characters are still developing, so I cannot pick one.
BNI: What was the hardest and easiest thing about your latest release?RL: Nothing was really hard, though it was difficult to create a new world. What shocked me was the attachment I developed for my characters and the depression I went into when I had finished the book. It was like I lost my closest friends.
BNI: Share some interesting story about the book writing/cover development.
RL: The story is about a family that has grey eyes … the origins of which will be explained in the next book. The cover artist first made them brown eyes and then went into various shades of grey – until they finally matched the eyes I had imagined. He even experimented with red eyes! I got the artwork in the night and freaked out, but had to wait till the morning to explain to him that this is not a vampire story.
BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?
RL: I write to entertain, not to preach. I have no message to impart.
BNI: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions or similar events? Any plans in relation to this book?
RL: Yes I do. I have had book meets for every book of mine.
BNI: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
RL: Yes. Readers’ feedback is invaluable. It helps me improve.
BNI: When and how did you decide to become a writer? Do you write full-time or part-time?
RL: I write part-time. I have always been a writer. Now I am an author.
BNI: Which writers inspire you?
RL: Too many to list.
BNI: What draws you to this genre?
RL: I enjoy reading this genre
BNI: According to you, What is the hardest thing about writing?
RL: Knowing where to end the book is the hardest.
BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
RL:I’ll keep writing so long as I enjoy writing.
BNI: What has been the toughest criticism and best compliment to you, as an author?
RL: They’re part of the game. I don’t remember them.
BNI: What will be your one favourite tip to get through the writer’s block?
RL: What I do is go to a mall, shop, sit in cafes listen to people talk. It gives me ideas.
BNI: What are your thoughts on book series? Would you like to have one for your latest book?
RL: I am doing one.
BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
RL: Have fun, enjoy what you are doing and it will click.
BNI: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
RL: It was really easy. Rupa & Co. Was the first publisher I sent my manuscript to and they took it.
BNI: What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
RL: Action. I like doing fights, they are challenging.
BNI: Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it? RL: Can’t think of anything but that I enjoy writing.
BNI: Do you think book cover an important role in sales?
RL: Yes it does, it plays a very important role as it attracts a customer to buy.
BNI: According to you, what is the top most advantage / disadvantage of self publishing?
RL: I can think of a lot of disadvantages – like marketing and distribution, where the author needs publisher‘s support.
BNI: ebook, pdf, mobi, kindle or printed hardcover book, what’s your pick?
RL: Ebook formats are more convenient and easily accessible.
Thankyou so much maam for agreeing to be interviewed on my blog. May your books earn more success for you. Keep writing!