Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.
Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.
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1.Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My mom loved reading when she was younger and loved sharing with us anything that told a great story – movies, plays, books. From her I came to appreciate the beauty and power of a story well told.
2.How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I try to match the personalities with the names. Also, names will occasionally come to me when I meditate. If all else fails, Google. 🙂
3.Who would you like/have liked to interview?
JK Rowlings. I could not be a bigger fan.
4. Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
My husband and my sister are my best critics and advisers. They read everything I write first.
5.If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I am co-writing a young adult novel series with my teenagers. The Circle: Taken is available now and we are working on Book 2 this summer. I absolutely love the experience of working with them. It has truly been the most fun I have had as a writer. 🙂
6. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Greece. I am fascinated with Greek mythology.
7.When and where do you prefer to write?
I write at all times of the day. I feel terrible for my husband when the muse strikes in the middle of the night and I turn on all the lights to get the words down. 🙂 I write mostly at the dining room table and sometimes in my bedroom.
8.Which genre do you not like at all?
Horror is my least favorite though I loved it as a teenager.
9.Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I spoke to a cancer specialist for a book I had written earlier. I do most research through books and verified sites on the internet. I also visit organizations and spend time there to immerse myself in the circumstances I’m writing about.
10.Where can I find you when you are not writing?
Spending time with family, watching movies, travelling or running on my treadmill.
A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time.
She is a USA Today, Washington Post & Amazon Charts bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.
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