It gives me great pleasure to welcome Adite Banerjie to MBB today. Adite’s debut novel has just been released by Mills & Boon India. Adite was one of the winners of the Mills & Boon India PASSIONS contest last year, alongside Ruchi Vasudeva, another Mills & Boon debutante who was here at MBB a few weeks back. Adite has come to tell us something about her new book and having read and reviewed it, I can assure readers of romance, Indian or otherwise, that they are in for a real treat if they pick this one up.
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Adite, many congratulations on the publication of your novel. How do you feel right now?
Thanks so much, Maria, for hosting me on your blog. Oh, I’m very excited about being published by one of the largest publishers of romance novels. And, honestly speaking, it’s not quite sunk in that I’m now a published author! J
When you were faced with the prospect of writing a book for Mills & Boon India, did you have a plot in mind, or did you start afresh?
As a winner of the Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012) I was expected to expand my winning short story entry into a full blown M&B. So, I already had a plot in place and three central characters around whom the story would revolve. But as I started writing the story, it kind of evolved along lines that I hadn’t expected it to. It was fun writing a story for Mills & Boon and giving it a completely Indian feel to it.
From where did you get the inspiration for the story?
I have been reading Mills & Boon since I was a teen and among my favourite storylines are those that feature the revenge theme. Not surprisingly, the first idea that popped in my head was a story of a girl who wants revenge against the man who destroyed her family. Close on its heels came the thought – what if she falls in love with her enemy’s son?
Can you tell us just a little about your two main characters?
My heroine, Maya Shome, is an independent young woman who has had a pretty tough life. She works as a landscape designer in Delhi. After the death of her only parent she vows to wreak revenge against the man who ruined him. The Hero, Krish Dev, is the reluctant heir of his father’s business empire. But he has serious issues with his dad and besides he is setting up his own business project. He knows how manipulative his dad can be and will do anything to stay out of his control.
What are your future plans? Can you share a little about what’s next for you?
I have just finished my second novel (as yet untitled) for M&B which is set at a big, fat Indian wedding on an exotic island and I hope it will be out in early 2014. Apart from that I am working on a couple of screenplays. One of my screenplays, based on a true story, which is currently at the pre-production stage, will be made into a Hindi film soon.
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