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Featured Author: Ruchi Vasudeva

Post by: Kabita Sonowal

You are a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. Tell us about your journey and tryst with writing. How did it all begin?

Thanks for hosting me :) it's difficult to pinpoint when it began. Since an early age I liked to write. I read comics by the hordes and play acted stories with my friends. This grew into the writing of short stories and poems, some of which got printed in the school magazine. My English teachers always appreciated my essays. Even in college my professor would tell the whole class about my essay. At the time I began to have the wish to get published. However I never got down to actually writing anything beyond few pages. I kept a diary and jotted down story ideas, thinking  maybe some day I'll write. Then a light bulb moment happened and I wondered why not now? So I began to sort the ideas and to write them out. This was the ideal time for me to get to know about the Passions contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors. I decided to take the plunge and luckily won the help of an editor for finishing a book.

. Was it easy to find a publisher at the start?
Since I got through the contest, an editor's mentorship was part of the prize. Harlequin offers a great opportunity this way for writers willing to work on getting published.

. Who or what has been your inspiration for writing?
All those books I have been reading since a young age. All the wonderful imaginary worlds I was able to visit because of those books...they inspired -and are inspiring - me. I think authors like Enid Blyton played a big role in forming my habit of reading. It carried on with reading the Hardy boys series. The Count of Monte Cristo, the Three Musketeers, Jane Eyre used to be favourite reads. Later on Irving Wallace, Sidney Sheldon and Mills and Boon took over.
.Tell us about your earliest pieces of writing.
I used to write poems which had to have a rhyme scheme. Also short stories. Then when I actually took up writing seriously as in trying to get published, I began to and  have been concentrating on romantic fiction. I wanted to get published by Mills and Boon. That was the main target of my efforts so it's really a big personal achievement to have two books out with them.

. How would you describe your books, Bollywood Fiancé for a Day and You can’t Fight a Royal Attraction to someone who has not read them?

Bollywod Fiancé for a Day is the story of a girl who has been brought up very conservatively and suddenly finds herself in the company of an unconventional icon from the glamour world. It's the story of a Bollywood hotshot finding nearly impossible love with a serious minded doctor.

You Can't Fight A Royal Attraction is about a girl getting divorced young and having to search for a life that hadn't been in her plans. The one man who offers her support is fighting the battles that his own past has imposed on him. Happy ever after is a dream too fragile to be even thought of.

. What comes to you first in your mind: the characters or the story?
I'd say the characters and the situation. Of course characters initially are sketchy and develop gradually. The story comes afterwards. Sometimes I feel I could just continue to write about these characters. *smile*

. Tell us about a normal day that you spend writing.
For me there isn't a fixed routine to get x number of words done. If I'm on a deadline, I'd write after work or on holidays and even spend most of the day writing. Otherwise I'd write few days out of the week, mostly after dinner or sometimes early in the morning. 


. What are your favourite literary works and who are your favourite authors?

Pride and Prejudice, some of the Shakespeare's plays, Sherlock Holmes. Favourite authors are Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, Sidney Sheldon, Erle Stanley Gardener...to name a few.

.What are you working on next?
At the moment on another romantic fiction wip. It's the story of a girl who has to face the shattering of her dreams when her relationship with a pop star ends because he refuses to accept certain of her family liabilities.

. Is there any other genre that you would work on in future?
I don't know if I will but I would very much like to write a whodunnit.

. Any advice to upcoming authors?
Never give up. Polish your work. Be your own worst critic. Look for opportunities. Celebrate your successes.

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