It is difficult to be romance writer

On writing romantic novels…

Romance is one of the most popular genres in the world and India is no different. I try to tell the stories that are contemporary and have a Bollywood feel to them. While at one level, they are boy-meets-girl stories, at another, there is much more going on. For instance, in Trouble Has a New Name, I have dealt with a young girl’s attempts to succeed in the ambitious world of modeling on her own terms. My debut book The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal has the themes of revenge and forgiveness running through it. No Safe Zone, which is my latest release, is a crime thriller and romance rolled into one.

From pulp to potboilers to chick lit to mush…the labels for genre fiction seem to get more and more inventive! The reason romance writing (and I refuse to call it ‘mush’!) is considered easy to write is because they all seem to have a template – boy meets, falls in love, loses girl before the final happily ever after. But as they say, the devil lies in the details. Every love story is unique. And romance writers have the difficult job of staying within the specific limitations of the genre while telling a story that is vastly different from any other love story readers have read.

Love from the lens of a writer…

Love is a many splendored thing, as the old song goes. There are enough elements to explore in love stories. I look at love through the lens of a writer and in my latest, I have explored the themes of trust and betrayal.

Romantic novels for today’s generation…

Today’s reader is no different from those of earlier generations. They pick up books when they are drawn to the premise of the story. And it is the writer’s job to make sure they stay hooked, keep turning the pages till they have read the very last page.

On intimate scenes…romance author

Intimacy and romance are two sides of the same coin. Every writer deals with intimate scenes differently, depending on their comfort zone. Some like to explore the explicit scenes, few others take the middle-path and others take a closed-door approach–that is, they don’t take the reader beyond the bedroom door. I feel that every story and its characters, the dynamics of what is happening in a scene determine how much intimate it should be. To me, the scene should be written tastefully. If a reader cringes on reading the scene or finds it offensive, that is a bad news for the book as well as the author.

On favourite romance writers…

I have too many favorites including Sarah Morgan, Sophie Kinsella, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Helen Fielding, Anne Mather, Charlotte Lamb, Kristan Higgins and many more. Each one of these has their own unique style that makes their work so enjoyable and enduring.

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