It’s been a whirlwind week since the launch, last Sunday, and I have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone.
From the blog tour posts (thank you to the awesome hosts), all the sharing of my book release, to the numerous comments of encouragement, I have been overwhelmed!
And, I am so excited to tell you that there are already several 5-star reviews on Amazon AND Goodreads.
But… there are so many people who automatically thought that as I have written a book, it must be about my life.
Er, no, folks, it’s not an autobiography, it’s fiction!
And, if you weren’t aware, I am married, happily! (No unarranging here – it wasn’t arranged at all, total love story here, but that is a personal story 😉)
If you ask any author, they will have been asked similar questions – unless you write science fiction, or fantasy, in which case, most readers will presume you have created your world from your crazy imagination.
It’s true what they say:
“Be careful around a writer – anything you do or say could be used for inspiration.”
But that doesn’t mean that I would take a person from my life and base a character, or story around them. Do I want to be sued?
Sure, there may be elements of different people I have encountered in my life, within certain characters.
I’ll tell you for free that Daddy-ji in Marriage Unarranged is based loosely on my Pops. But the situations in the story are not situations that have arisen in our lives. It’s just his manner and how he handles things. Those who know my Pops would agree.
But aside from the fact that my main character is a young British-born Sikh girl who happens to be from Birmingham, there is nothing to link her to me (other than I created her!)
The places we visit in the book, in the UK and India, are based upon places I have been to. If I haven’t been there, how can I give you the best, most realistic feelings?
In fact, my mum is currenty reading the book, and, aside from making a small comment about a couple of rude Punjabi words used, said that she is enjoying it immensely, and the descriptions of the trip to India are bringing back memories of our own trip to Delhi when we went to do my wedding shopping twenty years ago.
So, no, the book isn’t about me, at all, and it’s not about you either (well, not all of it…😉)
You want to know what all the fuss is about?
‘Chick Pea Curry’ Lit, Chick Lit with an Indian twist
started ended with that box…
Aashi’s life was all set.
Or so she thought.
Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.
But then Aashi found the empty condom box…
Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.
Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.
And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…
On Amazon – click here!