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Today I’m on the ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
About the Author :
A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time.
She is a USA Today, Washington Post & Amazon Charts bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.
Book Title: The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
Category: Adult Fiction, 399 pages
Publisher: Lake Union
Release date: September 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are some non-explicit sex scenes)
An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller!
From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.
Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I always loved writing but went to law school on my father’s insistence. 🙂 I was terrible at it so happily gave it up to write full time. Though it took forever to find success I am so grateful to be doing what I love.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I used to buy the boxes of old books librarians would put on sale so I really read anything I could get my hands on. Ken Follett was definitely a favorite as was Mary Higgins Clark. Now I find myself reading more non-fiction – Malcolm Gladwell is a huge favorite but J.K. Rowling’s books I come back to again and again.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Stephen King because the breadth of his imagination, creativity and his longevity. His book ON WRITING is a must read for all writers.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Ravi. He is such a kind, wise, loyal person. I would love to tell him that he made such a positive difference in so many people’s lives.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I listen to music and keep it really cold in the house so I stay awake. It drives my family crazy. In the summer they are walking around with sweatshirts and fleece socks on. 🙂
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Probably! Many of my stories are centered around either an event in my life or of someone I know and then I create a story and world around that event. So I’m always on the lookout. 🙂
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. I start with a broad plan and vision and then work through the specifics. Outlines are a writer’s personal gift.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Find your voice and believe in yourself 🙂 Put your first draft away for a certain period of time then come back to it with fresh eyes. I do this about three or four times. Then send it to a professional editor. Sometimes you only have one chance to make an impression – make sure it’s the right one. Most importantly – don’t give up. If you want it desperately enough believe it will happen. Good luck! 🙂
What are your futureplans as an author?
I am working on adapting The Storyteller’s Secret into a screenplay, my third women’s literature novel tentatively titled The Last Dream, and the second book of a young adult series after ‘The Circle: Taken’ that I wrote under the pseudonym Sage Sask. I love working on multiple projects at the same time to keep the ideas fresh and flowing.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
The storyteller is Ravi, not Amisha. It’s his secret that you have to learn. 🙂
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Sejal Badani.
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