I’ve been quite tardy at blogging. Let me extricate myself from the blame by putting it all on the session break! With kids at home and trying to keep them entertained plus supporting daughter in her studies by taking her to a study camp…well, you get the picture. I’m really thankful to Rubina for snapping me out of the tendency to lag.
Let me resume normal service by introducing you to a lovely lady who has got published by Indireads. Please welcome Sumeetha Manikandan. Let’s get acquainted with her through a question and answer session.
Q:Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?
I live in Chennai and I have been writing for many years now. I have been a bookworm all my life. And that’s what prompted me to try my hand at writing. Earlier I used to write for pleasure but never thought of posting them as blogs or stories. I wish I had started blogging early on in my life. That’s one of the biggest regrets that I have.
Q: Your experience of writing a book – easy as pie or hard as nails?
I would rate my experience as somewhere in the middle – between these two extremes 🙂
Q: What motivates you to write?
Mostly it is a germ of a thought or a feeling.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
The Perfect Groom was inspired by a true incident that happened to a friend’s friend. I heard it as an annecdote from a friend almost ten years ago.
Q: Please describe your book briefly.
Perfect Groom is the story of Nithya, a young girl who wants to be independent but family circumstances and not-so-well-meaning relatives push her into an arranged marriage. Ashok comes with the tag of the ‘Perfect Groom’ – handsome, rich and an NRI. But Nithya soon discovers that her Perfect Groom was not so perfect after all.
Q: Tell us about the main characters in your book.
Nithya – a young girl, fresh out of college
Ashok – a handsome NRI who is wedded to her
Vasu – Nithya’s childhood friend and distant relative, whom she meets after many years
Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?
I read all my favourite books during this period and go for long winding walks while listening to Sting.
Q: Does writing get in your way of life?
No. Life gets in the way of writing 🙂
Q: What’s next in your writing plans?
Right now waiting for my second book to see the light of the day 🙂
And here comes our rapidfire round:
Your favourite movie
Last of the Mohicans
The worst movie you’ve seen
RGV’s Aag (remake of Sholay)
Any secret habit?
Keep guessing 🙂
Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat
Daniel Day Lewis and George Clooney (Hollywood)
Huge list of books starting from Pride and Prejudice
Fallback option when the fridge is empty
Pizza and garlic bread
What comforts you when things go bad?
Your most comfortable outfit
Hope you all enjoyed getting to know Sumeetha as much as I did. Sumeetha, thank you for sharing your experience of writing with us. So happy to Pride and Prejudice is topping your favourite list too…it sure tops mine 🙂
Do check out Sumeetha’s book. You can know more about it and read some reviews of it if you check out other posts in the Book Club Tours. Details and buy links below.