Please welcome author Adiana Ray on my blog today. Let’s get to know her through a question and answer session.
Q: Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?
I come from a large family and absolutely love all the noise, confusion and camaraderie. Have two children below ten so they keep me really busy. Moved around a lot and that greatly influences my writing. I have always enjoyed reading and writing and did the usual school and college magazines etc growing up. Then got a business degree and writing fell by the way. It was my publisher Indireads, who asked me to submit some story ideas, which I did and it just took off from there. It was a pleasant surprise of how much I enjoyed putting my stories down once I started, like coming back to an old trusted companion.
Q: Your experience of writing a book – easy as pie or hard as nails?
Somewhere in between. There are parts which are a breeze and other times when nothing happens and that can be quite frustrating.
Q: What motivates you to write?
Real life. There is just so much happening around us all the time and one continuously comes across people whom you can know nothing about but you can take one look at them and think to yourself ‘this could be a great tale.’
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
The character of Sonia, who has created her own little niche in the big bad city. I used to live in a working woman’s hostel in Mumbai when I first started working and there were so many girls like her over there. Young women who had to come to make a career in the metro. When I started with that premise I wanted to create a hero who was the antithesis of her and then I thought I should take them away from their normal surroundings and see what happens.
Q: Please describe your book briefly.
‘Rapid Fall’ is the love story between two young, urban professionals from Mumbai. J.D is a successful, self made man, currently the head of a media company that he has built from scratch. Divorced and cynical, he finds it hard to let his guard down and let anyone come close to him. Sonia is still naïve in her honest approach to relationships and finds herself struggling when she faces the intense attraction she feels towards J.D.
Both of them meet in Rishikesh on a white river rafting trip and like the turbulent river, they are tossed and thrown about by their emotions for each other even when they come back to Mumbai.
It is their journey to find each other and accept and embrace the love they share.
Q: Tell us about the main characters in your book.
JD is the charismatic head of a media company. A true Mumbaikar, he works hard and plays hard. After an acrimonious divorce he would rather play the field than accept what his feelings for Sonia really are.
Then we have Sonia, who is a professionally qualified young woman who has to come to Mumbai from a smaller city. She also takes great pride in her work but at the same time struggles to fit in with some of the more sophisticated lot in her office.
My main aim was to make all my characters very believable. They could be the couple sitting next to you at your favorite restaurant.
Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?
Turn off the internet, get myself a big mug of coffee and just keep typing out stuff, till something clicks. Sometimes it could take me days.
Q: Does writing get in your way of life?
I wouldn’t say ‘get in the way’ but would rather go with ‘makes up an important part of my life.’
With two young children it is difficult to just sit down and write and I do get torn between doing my writing or spending time with them. Besides sometimes when I am doing other stuff I find myself going over scenario’s and dialogues in my head.
Q: What’s next in your writing plans?
Well hopefully finish all my work in progress and there is a whole bunch of stuff that needs to be done. What I would like to do too is write more fiction under my pen name M.X Steele. I have published a few short stories already but I would like to go with a full length novel as well. Under that pseudonym I explore darker themes in my fiction and I would be interested to see where that goes.
And here comes our rapid-fire round:
Your favorite movie
Zindagi Na Milega Dobarra
The worst movie you’ve seen
Inception….had no clue what was happening. Jism 2 #####
Any secret habit?
I love talking to myself esp. when writing dialogue.
Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat.
Used to be Daniel Craig…still looking for his replacement.
Very, very, difficult. The opening scene of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier has stayed in my mind despite the passage of time, so I would go with that.
Fallback option when the fridge is empty
Haldiram’s Bhujia Sev
What comforts you when things go bad?
A hot cup of instant coffee.
Your most comfortable outfit
A khaddar kurta over a pair of chinos.
Great answers, Adiana. Lovely to know how you cae into writing. I agree the opening of Rebacca is quite haunting. And yes, I loved Zindagi Na Milegi Dobarra too.
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JD’s recent divorce, however, has left him commitment phobic and bitter, and he doesn’t seem to want more than a physical relationship. At heart, Sonia is conservative; can she bring herself to accept a modern ‘live-in’ relationship, or will she push him away with her demands for a commitment?
I also write under a pen name M.X Steele. Why? My daughter thought Adiana Ray was too boring a name.
I do hope you enjoy reading all my work because I believe passionately that though we writers love pontificating and are totally in love with whatever we write; at the end of it all it is the readers that matter and above all what we write has to be ‘entertaining’.