Tuesday, March 27, 2012
What is this book about?
The book is a lot of things, actually. It is about the racism inherent in Indian society (though it is not thought to be an issue). It is about superstition, about women, about corruption in politics. I’ve tried to use humor to keep it from being a serious book.
How did you get the idea for this book?
Indian television is overrun with commercials from the manufacturers of skin lightening creams, called fairness creams in India, that promise everything from good grades to nirvana, if only you use their particular brand of product. Hence my tongue-in-cheek tagline for the book: Fairness Cream: Finding Solutions to Life’s Vexing Problems, One Application at a Time.
Is this your first book? If not, what else have you written?
The first that I have published, yes. But I do have another completed manuscript, and a couple more in various stages.
When did you start writing? Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
I quit my job in IT because my timings and kids didn’t go together. Writing had been my first love, so after I quit my 9-to-5 job, I went back to it.
Don’t be in a hurry to get your book out there. Polish your book till you can polish no more. Keep in mind that you get only one shot at a debut novel.
Why did you decide to write a book in this genre?
The commercials I talk about really bothered me though I am not a dark-skinned woman. Only recently it occurred to me that in our family, skin color was never an issue -- Dad was light-skinned, Mom was not. Never gave it a thought. For this reason I’m completely baffled by how color-obsessed we Indians are as a nation.
Do you plan a sequel or future books?
I do have a couple more books planned. Not sure of the sequence, or if one of them might be a sequel. Once I start writing, my characters take over, and I have no control over the storyline.
Do you have a website? How can we order this book?
http://ow.ly/9A83N [Amazon US]
http://ow.ly/9AJit [Amazon UK]
My website: http://rasanaatreya.com
My blog: http://rasanaatreya.wordpress.com
My video trailer: http://youtu.be/DMuo8cw0B1g