What inspired you to become an author?
Until about two years ago, writing books had never occurred to me. One day this idea of a woman being kidnapped took root in my brain and I couldn’t get rid of it until I wrote it down. Now here I am publishing her story.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a panster. I write by the seat of my pants. I kinda get obsessed with the story and the scenes. It’s all I think about. I play and replay the scenes, feel and then refeel the incidents. Each chapter is like a week long process for me. The first day it’s kind of the bones of the chapter, really rough but what’s going to happen is written out. Every day after I go back and work on the layers: the dialogue, the way each person in the scene felt about the situation and how they showed that, the environment. Halfway through the week, I’ve scrapped most of what I first wrote and have something entirely different.
Do you write in different genres?
Blind Love is a contemporary romance and The Second Wife is categorized as both a romantic suspense and suspense/thrillers. I think these are the genres I love the most and will probably continue to write.
If yes which is your favorite genre to write?
Is it bad that I love them all? The contemporary romances are usually sweet and make me sigh and the suspense genres keep me at the edge of my seat even though I’m the one writing the story and know what’s going to happen.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
My main character is Alisha. She is a therapist who is kidnapped by her client and taken far away from her home. The title of the book came from the fact that Alisha was forced to be the second wife of her abductor.
Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
My titles typically come to me by the first chapter if not before. Once I have a clue what the story is going to be about, the title is pretty easy.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are so many messages in The Second Wife. I think one of the major morals is that goodness exists in our world. No matter how ugly or evil some may be there are others who are not. Sometimes it may be hard to find, but they are there.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of the elements in the story can be found in the news we watch. The Second Wife covers real life issues we face in our world: terrorist groups, suicide bombings, human trafficking. Having said that, The Second Wife is a work of fiction. Thankfully, no one I know has had to go through the kind of ordeals Alisha endures in the story
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
There are too many to list. Let’s see: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
What book are you reading now?
Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Bride. Wow, what an amazing story.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
I just started writing One Sunny Daye. It will be the story of Sunshine Daye, a secondary character from my novel Blind Love. Sunny’s an erotic romance writer and funny. Needless to say, I’m having a blast with her story.
Who designed the cover of your latest book?
Syneca Featherstone of Original Syn created the lovely cover. I have to tell you that woman is amazing. She totally blew me away when she showed me the cover for The Second Wife. www.syneca-originalsyn.com
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice I have been given is the same I would give to other authors: This is a hard and long process and most of the time you’ll question yourself and your story. Thicken your skin, don’t give up, and one day you can look back and say “Wow did I really do that?” Make friends with other writers, they understand where you are and how you feel. And don’t forget to pay attention to your readers. They are so important in this journey.
Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?
I actually have two songs for The Second Wife:
Gone Gone by Phillip Phillip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oozQ4yV__Vw
Date of Publication: October 14, 2015
Number of pages:285
Word Count: 80,000
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
If you want to live, you must let go of the past...
Twenty-eight-year-old Psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Alicia must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved – a man she believes no longer loves her.
Thirty-two-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins the process of healing. It is then that he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that his wife is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a Delta Force Operative. Together they find themselves in the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in time and if he does, will she still want him?
Dave released a breath as he mindlessly flipped through a sports magazine. It was almost eight in the morning. His tired ass should be home in bed right now, not sitting in the waiting room of a counseling center. But, since he kept walking into the kitchen and finding his wife, here he was. It wouldn’t be so bad, except for the fact that she wasn’t really there, and hadn’t been for over two years. His grip on the glossy paper tightened.
The vision was always the same. Seated at the breakfast table, Ally reads through one of her psych magazines. Her head propped on one elbow, a curtain of black hair caresses the soft skin of her arm. When she notices him, her chin tilts up and their eyes lock. Soon those kissably perfect corners form at the edges of her lips when she smiles, taking his breath away each time.
And then things get all sorts of fucked up. Her mouth moves, but no sounds come out. Typically, that was when reality hit.
She was gone and he was losing his mind.
Each time, it was a punch to his gut, knocking every ounce of air out of him.
God, I miss her.
No matter how hard he tried to block the memories, she haunted him. And this was why his messed-up ass was at the counseling center.
Dave leaned against the sofa and sucked in a breath. His mind raced at all the possible topics that might come up during the session. None of which were ones he wanted to discuss.
Like the dreams he kept having about her. Some of them so intense he’d jump out of bed covered in sweat, terrified Ally needed him. Then there were the others. The erotic ones where he woke up hard and hungry for her.
What would the good doctor do with that screwed up piece of information? Shouldn’t those dreams—those aches—be gone by now? The sad reality was he didn’t know if he really wanted them to be.
Book Trailer https://youtu.be/8zH8RRevEE4
Reviews for The Second Wife
The Second Wife is one of those rare novels that will lurk in the back of your mind for weeks. With stunning precision, Kishan Paul throws the reader into a world of clandestine organizations and brutal politics. The gripping characters wrench your heart and make you cringe with fear. A rollercoaster of suspense and emotion not to be missed. ~ Aubrey Wynne Author of Dante’s Gift and Rolf’s Quest
Kishan Paul’s writing shines in this beautifully written psychological thriller filled with heart-gripping emotion as the heroine unearths an inner strength she didn’t know she possessed. – Cait Jarrod, Bestselling Author
"The Second Wife is a poignant story of love, domestic violence, and mental strength. It grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until you've finished the last page. No wait, it doesn't let go at all… I had the pleasure of betareading it, and the wide range of emotions it stirred in me are still right under the surface." – Lea Bronsen award winning author of The Perfect Shoot
“This is a gripping story, brilliantly woven from start to finish. I’ll never forget Ally. She’s as real to me as anyone else because her story isn’t some forgettable fictional work. No way you are walking away from this one the same way. I actually took a break between this novel and my next one. I wasn’t ready to begin another journey just yet. Amazing work, Kishan Paul.” – Kristen Shanchez, reader
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About the Author:
From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul's brain is always in the 'on' position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors.
Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 16 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.
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