29 April, 2019

#SpecialFeature :: #Interview with Ruchi Singh, #Author of Undercover Series


*** Special Feature - April 2019 ***

Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead. 

He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables trust is hard to come by…

Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life. 

The killer is resourceful and determined. 
The motive is unclear and perplexing.

Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?


Book Links:
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Interview with the Author:

Welcome to my Blog! Tell me, what is the first book that made you fall in love?
RS: ‘The Reluctant Widow’ by Georgette Heyer was the first book I had read which had such a poignant and playful romance that I could never forget the story even after three decades. The protagonists are thrown together by some unusual circumstances and they fall in love as the situation is untangled.

What is the first book that made you cry?
RS: There are many. But I don’t remember the first one. I remember crying during ‘The Roots’, a Alex Hailey novel and of course ‘The Thorn Birds’ by Colleen McCullough. Both made me cry and there were some lesser known ones’ too, but these two definitely standout.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
RS: As far as I remember I have always choosne a novel by looking at the reviews and word of mouth. So nothing pops up readily on the memory lane. 
Please don’t think of me a narcissist, but I think ‘Jugnu’ comes into that category. As far as the emotions and romance is concerned I think Jugnu is far better than others in my portfolio, but sadly it didn’t get the kind of reaction I hoped it would. Maybe I should change it’s cover.

What did you do with your first check from your books?
RS: Well, I took my family for dinner. 😊

Have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage? Do you plan to?
RS: No. I have no plans as of now, but may plan in the future.

What part of the publishing process excites you the most? Which part do you like the least?
RS: Editing the first draft of a novel is very exciting because the story is complete. There is a sense of accomplishment, and excitement of presenting it to readers. I don’t like marketing my books and hate blowing my own trumpet, but I guess one can’t do without it.

How many drafts do you usually write?
RS: It depends on the genre. If it is an emotional romance it takes me at least 6 to 7 drafts. For a thriller I am usually done by the 4th.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?
RS: I still have trouble believing that I am capable of writing 60K+ words.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
RS: No.

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
RS: Don’t be too honest and open with everyone. People judge very fast.

Who do you personally favour more and why?
· Vikram or Nikhil 
· Esha or Ayesha
RS: Very difficult question :) thinking… thinking… 
It’s not fair, all of them are my creation! Amongst the four I’ll choose Esha and Ayesha. lol… 
On a serious note, if I have to choose I’ll choose Nikhil for his fierce loyalty, and Ayesha for the courage she shows despite being a rookie.

What are the most unethical practices in the publishing industry?
RS: Publishing house taking money from the author for publishing their book. I have also seen that personal friendship/ acquaintance play a major role in getting one’s book published. I guess this happens in every field. Basic human nature is to favor a friend.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

RS: Yes, I do. I read all of them. The best way to approach the reviews is with a dispassionate mind and look for pointers where one can improve. Do not get swayed with a very positive one and do not get de-motivated with a bad one. Its’ okay, not everyone is going to like your book/work, so treat a bad review as a mismatch between the book and the reader.


About the Author:
Author of the bestselling romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional turned novelist. Her other published novels are ‘Take 2’, ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’ and the recent one ‘Guardian Angel’ a spin off from ‘The Bodyguard’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi has also published short stories under the collection, ‘Hearts and Hots', besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.

A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. She has also reviewed many contemporary works of authors. The reviews are published on her website www.ruchisingh.com

Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling in Indian classical dance forms.

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