I’m happy to have Shilpa Suraj here with me today. One of the kindest human beings I have come across in the author community, she is an inspiration and a delight to chat with. Let’s start.
Sue: Thanks for joining us today. First of all, congratulations on your new release! And I know you have more surprises coming for your readers.
Tell us how you do it. How do you balance a full time career, motherhood and more with your writing career? Any writing habits/rituals that help?
Shilpa: Hi Sue! Thanks for featuring me on your blog. I wish I could use the word balance for the chaos that is my life but honestly, barely controlled insanity describes it best. I don’t have any particular writing habits or rituals. I write when I have time which is usually the middle of the night. I write because I love to and at some level I need to.With regards to juggling all of it, every day is new, crazy and comes with its own set of challenges. The only way I can keep my sanity is to take it as it comes.
Sue: What inspired your recent release Driven by Desire? Tell us a bit about the book.
Shilpa: I loved telling Krish and Max’s story. On many levels, I identify with Krish. He’s responsible, reliable, family focused and permanently exhausted as a result of it! He’s also forgotten how to have fun. Max is just what he needs to lighten both the load and his personality. We could all use a Max in our lives to remind us that life isn’t always about the slog. Driven by Desire is not just about opposites attract. It’s about not slotting or labelling people according to age, gender or looks. It’s a story about realizing nobody is good or bad, right or wrong, just different. Life is more vibrant, more alive, more fun when we accept and celebrate the differences in everyone around us.
Sue: That’s quite insightful!
Now tell me; you’re a bookworm like most of us authors happen to be. What are your favourite genres and who are your favourite authors?
Shilpa: I love any story that can hold my attention. No matter how long or tiring my day, I have to read at the end of it, even if for a few minutes. My favourite authors are Nalini Singh, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Rick Riordan, Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb, J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith…my list is endless.
Sue: What’s the best part of being a writer and what’s the worst part of being one?
Shilpa: The best part is that I get to tell the million stories in my head. I don’t think there is a worst. I’m grateful to have the chance to tell stories that people want to read. Although, I’m terrible at creating those images for social media promotions! 😊 So, maybe that’s my worst.
Sue: Time for a quick fire round.
Your current read
Shilpa: Nora Roberts – Shelter in Place
Sue: Your next read
Shilpa: Nalini Singh – Ocean Light
Sue: Your favourite fictional hero
Shilpa: John Mckenna – Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine
Shilpa: Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?
Shilpa: I have a book due to release next year with Rupa Publications. Tentatively tilted ‘Wrong,’ It’s the story of three people caught in a tangled web of love, family, marriage and each other and their dark, desperate journey of redemption. But mostly, a story of their quest to gain acceptance through love. The only choice left to us all.
Sue: Thanks so much for joining us today. Good luck, Shilpa! 🙂
Get your copy of Driven by Desire on the Juggernaut Books app or website here: https://www.juggernaut.in/books/415b97e524364553a8e3b8d5eaf9781f