I’m pleased to introduce author Sapna Bhog on my blog today. She’s an author and an avid romance reader. Let’s find out more about her.
Sue: From computer engineering to romance writing — how did that happen?
Sapna: I’ve always been an avid romance reader. I quit working once my second child was born to bring up the kids. In those days I was busy being a mom to two little kids and finding time to read when I could. Then one day I woke up with the characters of Keya and Kabier from my first book – Take a Chance on Me – fully formed in my head. They refused to go away and as I kept thinking about them I decided to write their story. One page led to another until unbelievably I had finished an entire book. That feeling of completing my first book ever is indescribable. I still feel a flutter in my heart when I see Take a Chance on Me on my bookshelf.
Sue: Tell us about your latest book and what inspired it.
Sapna: My latest book is called Breaking All the Rules and is the third book in my series of Sehgal family & friends saga. Although the trope is of a fake engagement, essentially it is about a girl who suffers from anxiety and is strong enough to accept it and seek help for it. It also helps that this is a romance book and she falls in love with a man who further encourages her to overcome her fears. In today’s times so many people suffer from anxiety and depression. I know personally a few who do and have sought help to become better. This topic needs to be spoken about and needs to be addressed without prejudice. Hence I wove it in as a part of the story.
Sue: Share some of your writing rituals with us.
Sapna: I have a rough idea of a story before I start writing it. My plot book is filled with hand written notes and the notes folder on my phone is even more filled with ideas so I use both as the book progresses.
I usually write in the mornings but I can write anytime. It’s a passion so it keeps me sane. I have a few handy books on writing like ‘The Emotion thesaurus’ that are my go to for checking on my work. I also do a lot of research on the Internet to improve my writing.
Sue: What is the best part of being a writer? And the worst part?
Sapna: The best part is to be able to tell the stories that are in your heart. It also feels great when readers leave comments for you saying they loved the book and that they are waiting for the next one. The worst part is that most people don’t take romance writers seriously. Compared to other parts of the world romance writing is still in a nascent stage in India although we have some excellent writers now.
Sue: Time for a quick fire round. Ready?
Your favourite author…
Sapna: Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Stephanie Laurens, Sarah J Maas
Sue: Your favourite fictional hero…
Sapna: Kabier Sehgal from my book Take a Chance on Me. Oh and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.
Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…
Sapna: Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series.
Sue: Your favourite travel destinations…
Sapna: Any place with snow covered mountains or a beach works for me.
Sue: Your favourite movies…
Sapna: 3 idiots, Fast & Furious series
Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?
Sapna: I’m working on book 4 in my series. So readers who have read my world of books will know that it’s a story on the cop VJ and the rebellious Diya.
Sue: Thanks for joining us today!
Get your copy of Sapna’s latest book here: https://www.amazon.in/BREAKING-RULES-SEHGAL-FAMILY-FRIENDS-ebook/dp/B07VXPNYQ6