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Today I have with me author Sundari Venkataraman, talking about her new book with the intriguing title of Double Jeopardy. Let’s get to know her better through this question and answer session.

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.

Arjun Rampal

 Favourite book.

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.

Sari

 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 :

Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/Double-Jeopardy-Sundari-Venkatraman-ebook/dp/B00H7QUELU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388228463&sr=8-1&keywords=sundari+venkatraman

Flipkart: http://www.flipkart.com/double-jeopardy/p/itmdrvh4aavtfk2g?pid=DGBDRUMYJZGDEGPF&otracker=from-search&srno=t_2&query=sundari+venkatraman&ref=377796be-df7c-4147-83d7-1524fe61cf73

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386589

Indigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/double-jeopardy/9781927826386-item.html

Diesel eBooks: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000386589/Venkatraman-Sundari-Double-Jeopardy/1.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-jeopardy-sundari-venkatraman/1117704167?ean=2940045494762

Bookworld: http://www.bookworld.com.au/ebook/double-jeopardy/46604300/

All Romance Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-doublejeopardy-1380981-177.html

Indireads: http://www.indireads.com/books/double-jeopardy/

This interview is a part of the Blog tour hosted by The Book Club.

Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman
The Blurb
Sanya doesn’t just have trouble, she has double trouble. Twins Arth and Ansh Sharma, are rich, sexy and sinfully handsome – what’s a girl to do?
 
Sanya last saw the twins when she was ten years old. Now, all grown up, she has come looking for gentle Arth, the twin she has loved ever since she can remember. But instead, she is confronted with fiery Ansh, who is hell-bent on seducing her. And what’s worse, she can’t seem to stop herself from responding to him.
 
As she chases Arth and is chased by Ansh, Sanya finds herself on a crazy roller coaster ride with no way of getting off. How will she deal with these two very different men in her life? Will she be able to convince one twin that she loves the other?
 
Meet the author
 
The Author’s Thoughts
 
Even as a kid, she absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as Sundari grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she could not write to save her life. She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography. When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all.
All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school’s office and did not know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape. While she felt discouraged when publishing did not happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up.
There was no looking back after that. While publishing took a long time happening, Sundari continued to write novels and then short stories and had them published in her blogs. Her luck turned when Indireads approached her to write for them and Double Jeopardy was born.

You can stalk her @

            
 
Blog Tour Schedule
 
1Jan-11 Jan 2014
(The Blog links will be live as and when the posts come up)
 
2nd Jan 2014
Adite Banerjie  (Spotlight)
aditebanerjie
3rd Jan 2014
Ushasri Nannapaneni (Review and Interview)
ushaveera68
5th Jan 2014
Sridevi Datta (Review)
THE WRITE JOURNEY
 
7th Jan 2014
Jaibala Rao (Review)
My School Of Thought
 
7th Jan 2014
Ruchi Vasudeva(Interview)
Ruchi Vasudeva Author’s nook
 
8th Jan 2014
Sonia Rao(Interview)
soniaraowrites
 
9th Jan 2014
Neelesh Gajanan Inamdar (Review)
From the Heart – Neel
 
10th Jan 2014
Dola Basu Singh (Spotlight)
Shiuli
 
11th Jan 2014
Rubina Ramesh (Review/ Interview)
The Book Club
 
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Comments on: "Get to know Sundari Venkataraman" (8)

  1. sundarivenkat said:

    You have a lovely blog here Ruchi. Need to explore more. 🙂
    Thank you for those lovely questions!

  2. Interesting interview Sundari & Ruchi. Sundari, secret habit…umm got me thinking too 😀
    All the best with the book tour.
    Ruchi, medico cum writer is an interesting combo. Will explore your blog more now 🙂

  3. sundarivenkat said:

    Thank you Nilima (NAV). I am glad you like it. Yeah, the secret habit is a killer, isn’t it!

  4. What a wonderful Interview.. Ruchi.. And Sundari,, lovely inspriing answers. 🙂 Even Arjun Rampal one.. though not a fan.. but can imagine Arth or Ansh on those lines. 😛

  5. sundarivenkat said:

    Thank you Rubina 🙂

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