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Dear Readers,

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: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
I work in the corporate sector and am a single parent.  I write in my spare time.Ritu Lalit - published

BNI: So, What all you have written / published till date?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
I write part-time.  I have always been a writer.  Now I am an author.

BNI: Which writers inspire you?
Too many to list.

BNI: What draws you to this genre?
I enjoy reading this genre

BNI: According to you, What is the hardest thing about writing?
Knowing where to end the book is the hardest.

BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
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?
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?
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?
I am doing one.

BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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!