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I am so excited to have Shilpa Mudiganti here on my blog as part of the Always You Blog Tour! I read the eARC copy and as a debut by the author, it is awesome! Following is the interview that I did with Shilpa but first let’s get to know the author behind Always You.
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Hello and welcome to artsy musings of a bibliophile, Shilpa. I read in your biography that you are also an IT geek. Can you tell me a little more about your journey into the world of writing?
Yes I am. I work as a business analysis/solution architect at a major Internet firm. But my day job is due to my education. But I always loved reading books and fortunately, I felt the urge to write at a young age. My essays at school used to be well received and I realized I can write better than most. But then, I never really thought I can ever be a fiction author. I started freelance writer non-fiction about four years back and renewed my interest in writing after college. It was during one of those phases when I was talking to my friend about a story that I wished I could write, was when I realized may be I should. It was my friend who encouraged me to try it out and looked like I could write fiction. Since then, though unpublished I have penned 2 fantasy novels, one of which I am trying to polish for publication this year. Always You was a quick one but dear to my heart especially because this is my debut book.
I am a regular reader of contemporary romance and I enjoyed reading Always You. What inspired you to write books in the particular genre?
A long weekend of Mills & Boons books! As I mentioned before, I actually write fantasy but I have always enjoyed reading romance too. Books from Harlequin or Mills & Boons are my stress busters where I can just relax and read about hot men. It was during one long weekend when I read about 4 Mills and Boons books that I decided I should write one as well. That was how Always You came about. It started out as a challenge for me but ended up being very close to my heart.
Was it difficult for you to become a published author or was it a smooth ride?
It was not at all smooth ride but for different reasons. I never bothered sending Always You to big publishing companies because honestly, this book is too small for that. So, my experience has been with small publishing companies which unfortunately, isn’t that great. But it was a good learning experience and I am glad I went through it!
What was your inspiration to write Always You?
Lots of romance books and hot men!
I liked the character names in Always You a lot, how do you come up with character names?
It’s actually quite fun. I know my book’s characters and usually we have a picture of them. So, I just simply browse through a lot of names (A LOT) and say them aloud to get a feel. It depends on how the character is. For example, Alex or Alexander Knight is handsome hot, rich, tough and yet romantic. The name just felt right for him when I said it aloud.
Where do you do your writing? Is there a special corner in your home or a specific time that you write during?
No. With my day job that usually stretches to unholy hours, I write just about anywhere and on any device. I write on my phone, laptop, iPad, and paper. Usually by the time, a book is over, I have the work scattered on all these four devices and a lot of syncing is done later. That is why I love apps that let me sync all the devices! haha!
What book, if any, are you currently reading and who is your favorite author?
I am currently reading Archangels’ Blade by Nalini Singh. My favorite author. Hmm. This is tough because I enjoy a wide range of books. But the one who would always be my favorite is Ayn Rand. She is more of a philosopher than an author. The only reason she qualifies as author because she wrote The FountainHead and Atlas Shrugged (and few other books explaining her philosophy). But her book left an indelible mark on my life and it continues to motivate me. So, I would say its Ayn Rand.
What is your next book, Painting Ethan, all about?
I am actually working on two books right now. Painting Ethan which is a romantic story and The Dark Morning, book one of a fantasy series. I am not sure which one is going to come first but at least one of it will be out this year. Painting Ethan is about a recovering drug addict who meets Ashley, a content writer at their bus stop. Its a bitter sweet story about his struggle to not be close to Ashley who brightens his life with just a look. It has a very nice ending but I sincerely hope readers like it. It is intense like Always You and both Ethan and Ashley are lovely.
The Dark Morning, on the other hand, is the book one of a fantasy series called Legends of Elavanh. It is the story of Aira, who discovers her role in the magical shape-shifting tribe of Raikas and also gets to meet two attractive brothers Akshit and Samar. Its an action packed book and very unique considering it is based in the deep jungles of north east India. I cannot wait to share the books with all!
Thanks to Shilpa for the interview. It is great to feature her on my blog!
What do you think, guys?
Shilpa Mudiganti aka Shilpa M.Mirza says
Thank you so much for having me here. It was a fun interview and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I am so glad you enjoyed the book! It means a lot to me!
Anjana Vasan says
Nice interview! Its always nice to hear an authors side of things and get to know them.. 🙂 also, cover love <3
Thanks for stopping by, Shilpa! =D
Melissa Keir says
Love to hear from a wonderful new author!! 🙂 Thanks for the interview!