Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
What is the working title of your book?
Last Girl Standing, very much a working title. The story evolved into something very different than I originally envisioned and this title doesn't work as well now.
What genre does your book come under?
Bollywood crime comedy. (I hear it's the next big trend in crime fiction, so watch for us on the NYT bestseller list.)
Who or what inspired you to write this book? Where did the idea come from for the WIP?
I was robbed in a strange, nonviolent crime near Mumbai airport, which led to a feud with a criminal gang, with whom I kinda fell in love.
They were delightful. They had all sorts of disguises! Ballsy. Stones like weather balloons, these guys. Truly, they were a gift from the universe, as was the mildly corrupt, but mostly well-intentioned, cop who got caught in the middle.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Our heroine, outsourced to India, gets drawn into a feud with petty criminals, leading to a byzantine murder mystery in Bollywood.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months. The rewriting is a bitch, always, but it was a real bitch for the last year because I got distracted by a dog who made me rescue her and write a book about her, which I just finished.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has my favorite chase scene so far, some of my favorite characters, as well as a mouthwatering survey of Mumbai street food. A recurring character dies though. Sad.
Bonus Questions from TPAC:
What is your character's worst habit?
Vodka and vengeance (tied), both of which she has given up at the start of this episode. This vow will be sorely tested in the course of the book.
What is your favorite sandwich?
Pastrami on good rye with hot mustard and a proper deli pickle on the side.
If you have questions of your own, feel free to ask them in the comments.
Read another Next Big Thing, by the funniest guy I know. "Afropuffs are the antennae of the universe."
Monday, January 21, 2013
Here are a slew of photos, almost all taken (or drawn) by other people.
And me, my world has, for the most part, shrunk from being the size of the world to the radius of a few blocks, as far as I can walk with my dog in this cold weather. But it's not so bad. Smile.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Between caring for and training my pup Alice, and writing, and relocating, it has been a crazy year.
Not much news on my end aside from the above. I'll be back when I have something more to report.
In the mean time, you can buy my books via the links here, and find me on Twitter and Facebook.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
...which made me think of one of my favorite famous teams, Princess Grace of Monaco and Josephine Baker, who fought racism together--not as dramatic as the other examples, but much more epic.
In 1951, back when racism was still wildly popular, Josephine was refused service at the Stork Club because she was black. Grace Kelly was so incensed by this, "she stormed out with her entire party and refused to go back. And never did." The two became lifelong friends and Grace was an ardent supporter of Josephine her entire life.
Wouldn't you love to have been a fly on the wall when these two got together at the palace, when the tiara and the glass slippers were off and they could just kick back, two girlfriends together?
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This Smithsonian Magazine piece, the Top Ten Books Lost to Time, made me think of Diogenes, whose writings were lost (many in the fire that destroyed the Library of Alexandria IIRC). We know of him only through a handful of other writers whose works survived.
Fascinating guy. Would have been right at home in the Hotel Chelsea.
"Diogenes was knee deep in a stream washing vegetables. Coming up to him, Plato said, 'My good Diogenes, if you knew how to pay court to kings, you wouldn't have to wash vegetables.'
"'And,' replied Diogenes, 'If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn't have to pay court to kings.'"
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Some have done it for a long time, and for good reasons.
Some are.. dubious.
In which category does this guy fall, you think? My, he does look saintly in those photos.
In other news:
A Chennai girl writes an open letter to a "Delhi Boy" and unleashes a brouhaha.
That long-dreamed for "pie-fax" may soon be a reality.