08 September, 2015

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Ruby Iyer Diaries Origins by Laxmi Hariharan

*** Special Feature - September 2015 ***

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The Ruby Iyer Diaries ( Ruby Iyer #0.5) 

This novelette is a companion book to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. A peek into the soul of an angry, young girl, who will come of age in a city on the verge of total annihilation. Ruby kept a diary from the age of ten till she ran away from home at sixteen. It is from here that I picked out a few diary entries for The Ruby Iyer Diaries. This short series of vignettes from Ruby's life, tells you more a little more about the origins of Ruby Iyer. 

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The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Dystopian Romance, Coming of Age, Ruby Iyer Series, #0.5)

I never intended to publish Ruby’s Diaries. I started writing it to get into Ruby’s mind and understanding what drives her. As the pages flowed, I realised I wanted to share her diaries with the world so readers too could understand the events of her formative years;  how they changed her and made her the angry young girl she turned out to be. 

As a ‘grown up’ and I use that term loosely, I am always conscious of how my growing years made me, marred me, scarred me. No I didn’t have a particularly traumatic childhood not in comparison to the horrors many children around the world undergo; but perhaps it was/is because I was an over-sensitive child I felt everything keenly, too keenly. Took everything to heart, and yet never wanted to accept the status quo as a given. I wanted to rebel, but didn’t know how to break out of that which was imposed on me.

So as I grew up and travelled the world it sunk in somewhere that how much ever I rejected my past and my roots, I was a product of my upbringing. My environment, my geography, and the society I grew up in. I carried that conditioning deep inside and even though the ‘conscious’ self wanted to break out, my unconscious self always held/ holds me back.

I realised I was going to spend the rest of my adult life unlearning everything I had been taught growing up. 

And so this always has fascinated me – how we become what we are exposed to as kids, like it or not.
So I had to write Ruby’s Diaries to understand for myself how her childhood had impacted her. And the truth when I uncovered it was shocking. It’s not something I could reveal in the early drafts, not till the final re-edit of the latest version of both the Diaries and Many Lives that is out now. It was that crucial piece of her I had missed when I first wrote Many Lives. 

For the truth of why we act the way we do now, often has its seeds in our growing years. And we do many times cover those incident(s) or emotions; bury them so deep that they don’t reveal themselves, not unless we lower our conscious mind.

It is this that led me to writing The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, so I could understand what makes Vikram what he is now—this mysterious, brooding, cop, who thinks he is quite boring, but is actually quite alluring, both to other boys and girls.

It’s why I will also write PANKY’S FIRST LIFE. Couldn’t have been easy for him, growing up as gay kid in Bombay right?

The Ruby Iyer Diaries is consciously short at 10,000 words. I know many readers want more. But you know me by now. I really don’t like to give away everything. If I did what fun would that be right? Heheh.

Other Books by the Author:
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer (Ruby Iyer #1)

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. 
Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr. Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. 

Armed only with with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. 

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The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer #1.5)

His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. 

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father bring his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same. 
Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. 
Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them. 
From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers. 

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About the Author:
She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

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