Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Thank you for hosting me on your blog.
My name is Sundari Venkatraman. I live in Mumbai, India. I used to work first with a newspaper and later with a couple of websites, writing content and doing copy editing until I turned freelancer. I did that for a year before becoming full time writer. I have four novels and one anthology (all romances) published to my name.
My cat Simba is my favourite hobby. Other than that, I like to travel and cook; bake. Most of my time I spend in writing and promoting my books.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write romances. I love the “happily ever after” endings for one thing and it’s also the genre that I read the most.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Teleport – disappearing from one place and appearing in the place I want to reach in a jiffy. I get goosebumps every time I imagine doing that.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
Yeah, at times. When I get stuck, I stop writing for a few days and do a lot of reading and walking till I want to write again.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Following editorial guidelines to rewrite sections; though I do realize the importance of this exercise.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
If you are into big meals, I would like to serve you a typical South Indian meal on a plantain leaf.
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The items on the leaf:
1. Sarkarai pongal – sweet dish made of rice, polished green gram, jaggery and cardamom
2. Vellarikkai pachidi – cucumber and beaten curd tempered with mustard seeds and green chilly
3. Avarakkai curry – boiled Indian beans with sauté
4. Pudalangaai kootu – snake gourd in coconut gravy
5. Nendarangai chips – plantain chips
6. Paruppu – plain lentil with salt
7. Steamed rice
8. Ghee – clarified butter
9. Carrot sambar – a flavoured curry of tamarind, lentil and other spices to be had with rice
10. Thakkaali rasam – tomato flavoured clear soup made of tamarind puree; also had with rice
11. Thayir saadham – a mix of rice and curd with sauté
6. What is your typical day like?
I am a late riser. I prepare breakfast and lunch before sitting on my PC. I do promotions on social media and write. I do my best to write at least a thousand words. My husband, daughter and son (both are adults and we live in the same house) leave late for work – so family time is more in the morning than at dinner as everyone gets home late. I have inculcated an exercise routine recently. I enjoy my siesta and go to sleep at around 2-3 am at the earliest. I read at night and then there is a gratitude journal that I write just before going to sleep.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Conflict is what I find most difficult to write. I see the world through rosy spectacles all the time. It’s not as if we are a peaceful family without arguments. We are quite hyper and have shouting matches pretty often. But I still find it difficult to pen conflict between characters. I need to really work at this, especially as I have taken to exploring the Romantic Thriller genre recently.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
More than the people, I think it’s their characteristics that end up in my book. If I use a specific person, I find that it curtails my writing. So it’s one person’s eyes, another person’s nose and yet another person’s temper; if you know what I mean. 😀
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Gautam Sinclair is the hero of my latest book The Madras Affair. He has an American father and an Indian mother. Quitting his high-flying business in Washington, he settles down to the life of a college professor in Madras, India. He lives in with his maternal grandparents. His strength is his sensitive and supportive nature. His weakness is Sangita, the woman he’s in love with.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is An Autograph for Anjali. The manuscript is ready and I have sent it to a publisher. I am waiting for their verdict.
Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?
Will Anjali find happiness and peace?
Be sure to come back to read more about SUNDARI and her novel, THE MADRAS AFFAIR, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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