01 June, 2018

#SpecialFeature :: Introducing Richa Mukherjee, #Author of I Didn't Expect to be Expecting

Under "Special Feature" every month I feature a Special Author. 
During this month I put up 5 posts about the Author/Book, including Interview / Review / Excerpt / Guest Post / Author Bio / Fun Facts or whatever else we can come up with. Also on the first day of the month we will  launch the Giveaway contest along with the first post and will announce the winner on the last day of the month.
So be sure to check out my blog every 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of every month for something new :)

*** Special Feature - June 2018 ***

About the Author:
Richa S Mukherjee is an Advertising and Brand consultant based out of Mumbai. These days she can be found working feverishly and with much excitement on the release of her first novel – I Didn’t Expect To Be Expecting! while her tiny daughter, also the reluctant research subject for the book walks around creating havoc.

While growing up, writing was always a hobby for her. Her earliest words were scribbled into poems of longing for her father who used to travel often. Surrounded by an ocean of civil servants including her father and every possible uncle and long distance relative alive, she went rogue and experimented with a wide range of interests and professions.  From being a B.Com graduate who wanted to pursue dance (and eradicate poverty), to a journalist, to an MBA that accidentally landed her in an advertising agency for about a decade, she had a grand time through it all. Another factor that helped the writing was all the moving. With a transfer to a new city every few years, words were a constant friend (along with a large dollop of three elder sisters of-course). While she was looked at suspiciously for the number of schools attended, all this exposure helped her observe and understand people from various walks of life and backgrounds a bit better. The writing took a backseat for the sake of other youthful indulgences but the reading continued. On her maternity break and in the middle of odious smelling diaper changes, she remembered just how much she missed putting her thoughts to paper. It’s unclear whether it was the creative juices which tend to be uncorked on becoming a mother, or the fact that she was on a break from work and finally had some time on her hands, but the result was a book full of poems, starting her blog, writing short stories and finishing this book which lay languishing for a long time. A fortuitous meeting with famous Romance author Ravinder Singh on winning the TOI Write India contest (Top 10 entries) on his prompt, led to the dust finally flying off the buried book and turning into a book deal with Black Ink Books and Harper Collins. Writing, thus far, has been a long and hard journey of self-discovery but there’s almost nothing else that can put a big goofy grin on her face quite like spinning yarns and she hopes to forever be in pursuit.

Contact the Author:
Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

Fun Facts about the Author:

1. She is possibly the only person to have sky dived with long open hair and also have choked the instructor with it on the way down.

2. She suffers from Misophonia- A condition where noise sensitivity (especially caused through loud chewing) drives one up the wall ( She is not very pleasant dinner table company when this happens)

3. She can hold a plank position for 6 minutes. (Sometimes these have to be performed while her daughter has mounted her back. Basically she is female Rocky Balboa)

4. Every signature of hers is slightly different.  (She hopes the bankers never find out)

5. She belongs to a tribe, not a family. There’s about 65 members. (Dinner invitations to the ‘entire family’ lead to severe palpitations)

About the Book:

Tara is living a blessed life in the maximum city with her husband Abhimanyu, the love of her life. At the pinnacle of her career, she is the apple of her parents’ eyes and hasn’t spotted a wrinkle yet – so far, the 30s are looking great!
Nothing fazes Tara – not a foul-mouthed best friend or a food-burning arch-nemesis in the form of her maid – not even a landlady who chats with ghosts.
And then, Tara discovers that she’s pregnant, and suddenly, all that well-honed composure crumbles. It doesn’t help that she’s got an equally jittery (if supportive) husband by her side. Now, Tara must face her anxieties about parenthood as she navigates friendships, marriage and career, all the while dealing with the fact that her body and mind are steadily feeling like they belong to someone else.
An irreverent, honest and funny journey down the road – potholes and all – to (accidental) parenthood!

Book Links:
Goodreads * Amazon

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