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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

My World Guest Interview: Zee Monodee


EM: Welcome to My World, Zee. It is lovely to have you here today :-)

Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Of course! Hello, ye all! Pleasure to be here today!

Okay, so about me.... Early thirties, desperate housewife, crazy wife & parent, shoeholic, shopaholic, bookholic (*secret* I hoard ebooks....) Despite a degree in communications science and media management, I somehow abhor the corporate world so prefer to work from home in my PJs and slippers to pen more romance books. J

1. How long have you been writing for?

Close to a decade now *gasp* I hadn’t realized it’s been this long.... Writing has just always been a part of me so when I started actively putting words to paper and later on, to screen, it just felt like a natural extension of the storytelling that had been happening in my mind all along.

2. Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?

Yes. Writing was my dream – you know, the one that you aspire to ‘if you could do anything’ or if you won the lottery and were able to quit the day job. I didn’t win the lottery per se (though that’s debatable when you read the next few words...yep, I’m a lucky git!); I did, however, win an awesome man who had no issues with me quitting my corporate job to bring up our son while leaving him with the sole breadwinner status (yes, I am a ‘kept’ woman, LOL). My husband was also the first one I told about my dream to write, and even more amazing on his part, he told me, “Why wait for ‘one day’? One day is right now; it’s what you make every moment to be.” I needed no further prompt, and haven’t looked back ever since.

3. What is your favourite genre to read? To write? And why?

Fave to read – definitely chick lit! Remember in my description above, I said shoeholic and shopaholic; where else but in chick lit can you fulfil those addictions all while vicariously living in a big city and meeting gorgeous men and nodding right along to all the woman/girl issues the heroine might be facing? So that’s my escape – I read to get into another world and the best ticket for me is chick lit.

Fave to write – well, I can’t write funny to save my life, so it’s definitely not chick lit! But I grew up on drama and over-the-topness (Indian origin, aka Bollywood background!), so I love writing about that kind of drama and situations, too. So I’d say contemporary romance with a big slice of cultural life thrown in. This is ‘my’ world, and I love sharing it with others.

4. Who is your favourite author? Fave book? And why?

I can give you 3 names for fave authors – sorry, but I cannot whittle it down to less. They are Sophie Kinsella (queen of chick lit!), Martina Cole (queen of darkish, at times violent, issues and ‘shades of grey’ characters that you root for even if they happen to be crime lords!), & Kristan Higgins (queen of small town romance and intense characterization – read her Blue Heron series and you’ll know what I mean!).

Any of these authors’ books can land on my fave list – I really cannot choose *sobs into hands – this is soooo hard!* J

5. How do you get your ideas?

LOL – I have absolutely no clue! They just seem to pop up out of the blue. Sometimes, it’s a character – like in my current WIP. Leah, the heroine, just appeared in my head looking like Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and in her head rang this one line: “You’re a fraud.” Why would she think that? And this got me digging into who she is and what could/would be her story.

But I tend to believe my ideas come a lot from people watching and then ‘grasping’ the human psyche and how it functions. Talk shows are a huge well of inspiration to find out how people act and react and I’m always shelving every detail away – my subconscious might reckon I have use for it one day and just push it forward.

Okay, that sounds like utter malarkey, innit? LOL. To be really honest, I have no idea where story ideas come from. They just seem to find me, is all.

6. In your opinion what is the hardest part of the writing process?

In the past, I have said ‘the sagging middle’, but I want to change this answer now.

The hardest part is putting fingers to keyboard and just writing. It is so easy to procrastinate, then tell yourself you’ll never be as good as the last work you contracted, that you won’t get the same kind of inspiration as when you wrote your last story.... These are the hardest demons to fight, to ignore, just so you get started with new writing.

7. In your opinion what is the best part of the writing process?

When you hit that roll where everything is falling into place AND your characters are surprising you – in a good way! – with what they are deciding to do that sometimes might be eons away from what you’d planned for them. I love that rush, that high. J

8. Are you a planner or a panster?

A mix of both. I never start a story without knowing where I’m going, so there is plotting involved. But the road to get there can take many turns, and in that, I am a pantster. In short, I have a destination but I don’t exactly know how to get there; it’s a journey to get from A to B.

9. Do you prefer to concentrate on one story, or juggle a few?

Actual writing – one story, though that’s not always possible (like, my Eternelles series, co-written with my bestie, releases all year round, so we’re always writing one book in the lineup. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have other stories to write for my other series, deadlines to meet, etc.)

But at any point in time, I will be juggling 2-3-4 story ideas in my head, watching to see how each should unfold or how each wants to unfold. (ahem, no wonder I’m a basket case otherwise...)

11. Out of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite and why?

Easy – it will be Diya Hemant, the heroine from Light My World. When I wrote her, we were of the same age, and though I’d already been married and a mum/stepmum back then, I could easily imagine what life would’ve been like if I’d been single and still searching for my Prince Charming (all while my mother and aunties tried to shack me up with the first eligible prospect they’d hear about!).

Diya has a lot of me in her – basically, I was somewhat writing myself in her part, and that was immense fun. She and ‘clicked’ on a level I have never reached with any other character, and Diya has got to be the sunniest, most positive, brightest, and most fun characters I have imagined (lol, she’s me, but the ‘better’ version!).

12. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you meet and why?

Any one of Martina Cole’s heroines, though I’d have a penchant for Maura Ryan, her heroine from Dangerous Lady (Maura Ryan #1). Maura, at 17, has her world shattered when she is forced to abort her baby and ends up being told she’ll never conceive again. Losing her will to live, she however channels all her rage into becoming one of the most notorious crime bosses of the London East End gangland that she rules with her brother, Michael. But through it all, Maura still remains a broken woman at the heart of her, and she yearns for the love of the one man she cannot have, who is a cop.

Maura Ryan epitomised strength of character and heart and spirit. She’s tough and ruthless, but you also see this fragile side of her throughout, and you cannot help but want to protect her.... She is fascinating, really, and she fascinates me!


Are you working on anything at the moment?

Yes – the story I mentioned above, with the heroine named Leah. The title is Breaking Free, and it’s an intense romance between this girl from the wrong side of the tracks who somehow made it big into society, and her meeting with an uptight viscount who lives only for propriety.

And there’s also the next book in the Daimsbury Chronicles series – it’s the story of Luke Morelli, the underwear supermodel who’s also the brother of Liam (hero of the first book, Bad Luck with Besties). Luke’s story is titled Her Name Is Trouble, and this calamity who sends his life topsy turvy is Texas transplant Missy Taylor.

Do you have any current release?

Yes, I do! It’s Light My World, book 2 of my Island Girls Trilogy!

Blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that to find a prince, a girl has to kiss a few frogs along the way. But what happens when a modern-day princess comes across…an ogre?

So what if a girl has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince?

Tired of her Indian-origin mother’s relentless matchmaking, Diya Hemant is determined to find her Prince Charming on her terms. Armed with a definitive list of requirements, she is sure she’ll know her man when she meets him…

But looking and finding are two different things, especially on the tiny island of Mauritius…

When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, it’s hate at first sight. And though fate keeps pitting her against him, she’s certain he can’t be turned into a frog let alone a prince.

Can this modern-day princess overcome her own expectations and see beyond the ogre to the man beneath?


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Any upcoming releases?

May 13, 2014 sees the release of one of my previously-pubbed novels, the sweet romance Calling Home which is set in Surrey, England. The heroine, Margo, is an uptight and rational forensic pathologist who lands herself custody of an 11-year-old girl. Clueless about relationships let alone young girls, Margo is at a loss. But she need not despair...as the sexy young doctor next door seems more than willing to help!

The story has been extended and intensively revised from its previous edition, and I look forward to seeing it come out again.


Where can readers find you on the internet?

At my blog/site http://zeemonodee.blogspot.com , plus I’m just an email away zeemonodee@hotmail.com

And also on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads – just search for Zee Monodee on there!

Any advice you would like to give aspiring writers?

Believe in yourself! Even if you end up writing utter crap, well, YOU would’ve written it! We all start by writing crap, and it’s only practise that makes us better. So write, write, write, and forget about everything else. 

EM: Thank you so much for joining me!

ZM: Pleasure was all mine, darling!!! xoxo

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Title: Light My World
Series: Book #2 in the Island Girls Trilogy
Author: Zee Monodee
Line: Ubuntu (geared to African Romance)
Publisher: Decadent Publishing, LLC
Release date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Romantic Comedy/ Interracial Multicultural Romance/ Interracial Romance/ Bollywood/ Humour/ New Adult
Length: 262 pages
Heat Level: Sensual/ 2 flames

Blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that to find a prince, a girl has to kiss a few frogs along the way. But what happens when a modern-day princess comes across…an ogre?

So what if a girl has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince?

Tired of her Indian-origin mother’s relentless matchmaking, Diya Hemant is determined to find her Prince Charming on her terms. Armed with a definitive list of requirements, she is sure she’ll know her man when she meets him…

But looking and finding are two different things, especially on the tiny island of Mauritius…

When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, it’s hate at first sight. And though fate keeps pitting her against him, she’s certain he can’t be turned into a frog let alone a prince.

Can this modern-day princess overcome her own expectations and see beyond the ogre to the man beneath?

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Excerpt:

He heard more than felt the car hit the back of the SUV, which had halted in a screech of tyres. The smell of burnt rubber filled his nostrils when the calm came back. He expected the airbag to blow from the wheel, but none released.
Better and better. The car wasn’t only tiny, it didn’t even have an airbag.
A wave of concern washed over him. He wasn’t hurt. At least, he didn’t feel any pain. But what about the other driver?
However, as he stepped out of the car, the worry drained away as another, stronger emotion settled in. Anger.
What sort of inconsiderate driver stopped like that in the middle of a main road?
The bloke should be tagged as a public danger. To top it all, he was going to be late to see his children.
Bloody hell!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Coming Soon: Random Acts of Fantasy by Julia Kent

Coming Soon: Random Acts of Fantasy by Julia Kent
Release date: 4/15/14

Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent comes the third in her Random series:

You ever really think that you'll win the lottery? Meet Mr. Right? How about two Mr. Rights?

Somehow the universe is handing me everything I want (except for that lottery part...), and I don't like it. Not one little bit. Because just when you get all your dreams handed to you on a silver platter, that's when an airplane dumps its sewage on your house. Or your mama's diabetes takes a bad turn. Or your mobile phone gets stuck in your hoohaw.

(What? It happens…)

Boring old average me got everything I wanted already, moving from small-town Ohio to big-city Boston to follow my heart. So when the fancy invitation offering me a pile of money to come with the band, Random Acts of Crazy, to perform on an island resort and be their manager arrived, I thought it was a cosmic joke. Enough money to help my mama get what she needed, five days in sunny paradise, and a shot at greatness for the band? Unreal. One big shoe was waiting to drop. On my head.

Just like no one really ever finds a naked man wearing only a guitar standing by the side of the road hitchhiking and ends up falling in love with him and his friend and moving halfway across the country for true love, no one gets an invitation to come to what turns out to be a resort where people make what me and Joe and Trevor do together look like a chaste peck on the cheek. But...

Well.

I guess these things do happen.

To me.

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