Hello! Today, I would like to introduce you to Shoma Narayanan, the first Indian writer to be published globally. She has come out with a new book which I have started reading and I must say that I am enjoying every bit of it. But before I review the book, I think we should get to know Shoma better.
Was it easy to change your career from a banker to an author?
I’ve always loved writing, and I haven’t given up banking, so the change wasn’t really drastic. What was difficult, at least at the beginning was juggling schedules to make sure I met my book deadlines without letting things slip either at work or home. But it didn’t take long to get a rhythm going, and so far, being a banker-cum-author has been a brilliant experience!
What made you enter the Passions: Aspiring author auditions?
I entered the contest on a whim –I used to read romance novels in college, and I’d always wanted a shot at writing one. The Passions contest was pretty much a heaven –sent opportunity. I saw an ad for the contest at a bookstore, and I spent the weekend putting an entry together. Luckily I made it to the top three, and before I knew it, my book got picked up for international publication!
Was your family supportive of the decision you made?
Yes, very supportive.
Describe yourself in three words
Creative, caring and capricious
How does it feel to see your name in print? Holding the first copy of a book that you’ve so painstakingly written?
It was wildly exciting the first time. Now that I’m on my fifth book, I’ve got a little more used to seeing my name in print, but it’s still a great feeling.
Give our readers a sneak peak about your book, ‘Twelve Hours of Temptation’
Twelve Hours of Temptation is about two very different people who are thrown together during a road trip from Mumbai to Goa. Melissa is a talented young copywriter, and Samir is her wildly attractive boss – they fight off their growing mutual attraction for as long as they can, but do they finally give in to temptation? Read the book and find out J
How do you come up your characters for your novels? Are they inspired from real life?
Bits of each character are inspired by real life people, but overall my characters are figments of my imagination. My heroines are feisty, independent-minded young women, and my heroes are super-hot and irresistible – sparks fly when they end up on the same page together!
Which other genres of writing would you love to explore in the future?
Detective fiction is a genre I’d like to try my hand at. Perhaps thrillers, or children’s fiction as well – I have a few ideas that I’d like to work on some years down the line.
I love having a small rapid fire with our lovely authors. So here it goes!
Love marriage or Arranged marriage? Love marriages
A year’s supply of chocolate or losing 2 kgs? Can I have both? Sigh – I guess not – I’d go for losing the two kilos.
Spending time with your favourite book or enjoying the company of your friends? A book
Your favourite midnight snack – Dark chocolate
Something you like to indulge in – Buying book after book for my Kindle
A gadget you would like to invent for yourself – Something that lets me keep an eye on my kids while I’m at work
Click here to read my review of Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari.