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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.
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