I met India Daram on Goodreads, but I’ve gotten to know her through this interview. From what I read, she’s a strong woman who isn’t afraid of chances and change. In some ways, I can relate to India, who is an expat and loves to travel. “Upside, inside out [India’s] livin la vida loca”, so let’s welcome her with a hearty applause.
Describe yourself in 150 words or less.
I am a people person. I love meeting people and getting to know them. Listening to snatched bits of conversation on the tube, train or coffee shops inspires me. I tend to write at coffee shops and on the train, as I like the hustle and bustle of people and conversations around me. I like to cook for my family but hate the cleaning up and cook on the condition that my husband will do the cleaning up. Coming from Chennai, the beach was close at hand and I’ve had lots of fun playing there with my friends and family. Living in London, I am a bit of a landlubber at the moment as my wave-watching hobby is now a thing of the past. I love to travel. I have travelled across, Europe, US, Middle East, South America and South East Asia. And of course, having lived in India, I have holidayed all over the country.
Do you sing in your car? If not, where can someone catch you singing?
I sing while I cook and at parties. Let me hasten to add that I am an extremely mediocre singer but I don’t let that trivial fact hold me back. 😀
Tell us about your published works.
I have self-published two novels. My first one is called ‘Married in Name’. It is the story of Riyha that enters in to a marriage of convenience but falls in love with her husband and comes up with a ten step seduction plan to keep her husband. My second novel ‘Wedding in Vegas’ is about Thila who takes a brief holiday to Las Vegas just before she needs to marry a man in order to save her family business. Having met the hero during her flight to Vegas, she gives in to temptation and marries him in Vegas with the assumption that she can divorce him the next day at Reno. But it doesn’t work out that way. I like to write about strong and feisty heroines that have minds of their own. My heroes tend to be alpha males that have the self-assurance to deal with a strong heroine.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
I listen to a variety of music from hip hop to pop. Some of my mood lifters are the Spanglish version of ‘The Ketchup Song’ by Las Ketchup, ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ by Ricky Martin, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by Elvis Presley to name a few.
Which piece of work have you written that’s your favourite?
I have just finished the first novel in the King Connection trilogy. The series is about the exciting experiences and culture shock that three men and women experience while marrying someone from a different culture. ‘What Happened in London?’ is the story of Maya that meets and falls in love with Kristoforo King who is three-fourths-British-and-one-fourth-Italian. The novel is an amusing journey in to the trials and tribulations of a typical Englishman trying to impress his Indian girlfriend’s family.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Writing is like a bug you cannot shake off. It still takes lot of discipline to sit down and write, to pour your thoughts into words. It still takes lot of sacrifice, as it could mean you compromise, or at the very least strike a balance, on how you spend your time. But it gives great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, especially when you see your completed work. What is key is to write daily. It maybe absolute gibberish that you end up striking out the next day, but then by writing that gibberish you have achieved two things – you have the ability to spot things that don’t work – and you now know where you want the story or character to go or do.
What’s your favorite restaurant and why?
My absolute favourite is the Restaurant Terrazza Danieli in Venice. The restaurant overlooks the canal. Day or night it is beautiful to watch the water taxis and gondolas go up and down the canal. My favourite time – dinner time at the restaurant, watching the sky turn pink. Needless to say, the food tastes like ambrosia.
In regards to writing, what are you working on now?
I am writing the second novel in the King Connection. I haven’t named it yet. It is the story of Karlos King that ends up in a shot-gun marriage with Nisha.
When you’re not writing, where can people find you hanging out in the virtual world?
This is such a difficult one. I am generally online browsing, reading about places and people. I tend to read nearly as much as I write and visit Goodreads regularly.
When you’re feeling kinda down, what song do you put on to get you motivated?
Clean Bandit’s ‘Stronger’ is one of my favourites.
Thanks for stopping by to meet India and making her feel welcome.
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