I am super excited to have Falguni Kothari with me here today. A master storyteller with incredible discipline, she is an inspiration for us writers and a treasure for readers.
Sue: Hi Falguni. Thanks so much for making time for this.
So you identify yourself as a hybrid author. Tell us more about that and how you chose this path for yourself.
Falguni: Yes, I’m a hybrid author in the sense that I am both traditionally and independently published. I wouldn’t say I chose to get published this way, rather the path was forced on me. The publishing industry is tough. A tremendous amount of patience is required in all aspects of it. When my patience wears thin, or when I’m tired of waiting for answers, or getting repeatedly rejected—but I still believe in the story—I just go ahead and publish it independently. And in the age of KDP Select, the process couldn’t be easier.
Sue: My Last Love Story and Soul Warrior are two very different books. What are the challenges of writing in multiple genres?
Falguni: The main challenge is in the voice of the stories. Writing fantasy—my kind of fantasy—there’s a certain amount of irreverence in the tone of the book that would not work for contemporary fiction. Likewise, there’s a certain amount of realism in contemporary stories that won’t work in fantasy.
My main challenge is to get my head out of one “voice” and into the other. I need months… sometimes years to make that switch. Then there’s readership and marketing. Both genres have a very specific type of reader and usually they don’t overlap. So, publicity and marketing-wise I have to create two platforms, and that’s tough and time consuming, if not impossible.
Sue: Tell us a bit about your latest release and what inspired its creation.
Falguni: My Last Love Story is about a young tragic woman, Simeen, who’s terminal husband, Nirvaan, expects her to fulfill his last two wishes in his bucket list: one, to have a child through IVF, and two, to reconnect or reopen her heart to her first love, Zayaan, who also happens to be their mutual best friend. It’s a story about friendship and love and death and grief and healing.
My Last Love Story came about because of three main reasons: One, it’s an homage to all the brave souls battling cancer, some of whom I’ve known and admired. Two, I love to write the friends to lovers and the love triangle tropes which I think have inbuilt angst. Three, I started writing this story right after I finished Soul Warrior, so I was already making my heroine juggle with more than one suitor/ soul mate/ lover. Draupadi had five husbands in legend. In my story she ends up with one more. So writing about Simeen and her two men was actually a step back from Draupadi LOL.
Sue: It’s hard to be a successful writer without discipline. What kind of writing rituals do you follow?
Falguni: I don’t know if I have rituals. I need to marinate the story and the characters in my head for a long time before I actually start writing. I don’t write every day. I write only when I need to tell the story. I write in the middle of the night, or I used to. That’s changing too as I’m an empty nester now and don’t need to steal time from the kids’ schedules to write.
Sue: Time for a quick fire round.
Your current read…
Falguni: When You Knew by Jamie Beck
Sue: Your favourite fictional hero…
Falguni: James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser
Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…
Falguni: Lizzie Bennet
Sue: Your muse…
Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?
Falguni: February 2019, The Object of Your Affections comes out. It tells the story of two best friends who’d do absolutely anything for each other. One is a widow and she agrees to have a surrogate baby for her friend. And how that decision complicates their lives in surprising and unsurprising ways.
Sue: Wow! That’s a tempting title. Can’t wait to read it.
Good luck, Falguni 🙂
Falguni: Thanks Sue, for having me on your blog. I had fun answering all your questions 🙂
Grab your copy of Falguni’s recent release here: https://www.amazon.in/Last-Love-Story-Falguni-Kothari/dp/9352776186