Q: Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?
A: I have grown up in a family where a woman’s main aim in life is to get married, preferably an arranged marriage. I got married to my husband Venkatraman when I was 23 and had two kids. While I always loved reading, I never could write creatively.
I enjoy Mills & Boon romances and kept visualizing Indian heroes and heroines in them. I used to weave a number of scenes in my head but never wrote as I had no confidence in my writing.
One fine day, I just decided to put my thoughts into words in the form of a novel and quite liked the way it read. And that’s how my writing happened in my life.
Q: Your experience of writing a book – easy as pie or hard as nails?
A: Writing a book is easy as pie. Rewriting to specifications is hard as nails.
Q: What motivates you to write?
A: Just about everything that I come across – movies, books, newspaper articles, things people say…
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: Writing about twins had been running in my head for a while. We have seen a lot of Bollywood flicks with twins separated at a young age and connecting as adults. I wanted to write one where they grow up together. I wanted both the twins to be good guys. And then, I love romances – both reading and writing. And Double Jeopardy was born.
Q: Please describe your book briefly.
A: Sanya is a young lady who is in love with her childhood sweetheart. Unfortunately for her, when she comes to Mumbai all the way from London to live with the Sharmas, Arth is nowhere in the picture; while Ansh is around all the while, tormenting her. She tries hard to deny her physical response to Ansh, very sure that it is Arth she wants. The rest of the story is about who Sanya ends up with.
Q: Tell us about the main characters in your book.
A: Sanya is the heroine. She lives in London with her parents. She parties round the clock and is bored of her life which has no purpose. She grabs the chance to visit the Sharmas in Mumbai and hopes to reopen her relationship with Arth.
Arth & Ansh Sharma are twin brothers who help their father run the family electronics business. They look exactly like each other but have very different characters.
While Sanya holds on to her childhood crush on the gentle Arth, she is too disturbed by her physical attraction to the mischievous Ansh.
The story revolves around the three of them.
Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?
When I see that writing is not happening, I don’t try to. I just leave my writing alone for a few days until I can feel the words flowing comfortably within me.
Q: Does writing get in your way of life?
No, it’s woven quite well into my life.
Q: What’s next in your writing plans?
I have a couple of ideas that I have submitted to Indireads – my publisher. I am waiting for their feedback.
And here comes our rapid-fire round:
Your favourite movie
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
The worst movie you’ve seen
Tees Maar Khan
Any secret habit?
You really set me thinking on this one. J It took me the longest to answer this question, actually. I can’t think of any. In our family, everyone talks about everything to everyone else. We have no secrets – not out of compulsion but more because we are open about things.
Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat.
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Fallback option when the fridge is empty
Home Delivery from one of the many restaurants near home
What comforts you when things go bad?
Talking to God
Your most comfortable outfit.
Hope you enjoyed meeting Sundari, folks. I’d say having restaurants near home is bliss, isn’t it? 😉 and as for finding sari the most comfortable, I can only gasp in amazement!
Here are the book buy links :
All Romance Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-doublejeopardy-1380981-177.html
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