Thursday, November 12, 2015

Interview- Soul Warrior by Falguni Kothari

Do you have a specific writing style?

I suppose I do as many of my readers, especially the ones who know me personally, have told me they can “hear” me in my books. Evidently, I have an irreverent sense of humor that spills forth in the books as well.

Do you write in different genres?

I do. My first two traditionally published books are contemporary romances. My new release, Soul Warrior, is an urban fantasy based in Indian mythology. I have a women’s fiction novel getting all jazzed up for a May 2016 release. And my work-in-progress is a romantic suspense. Yup, looks like I’m all over the place, but in reality all my writing can be categorized as multicultural as I write about India or the Indian diaspora.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy, because I can go crazy with fantasy in a way I can’t in “real world” situations. I like the idea of a magic-infused world, and I love dealing with larger-than-life heroes, aliens, gods and demons.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

My title is one of the first things I brood over, along with getting to know my characters really really well. I generally have a pretty good idea of the title before I start writing. Luckily, both my traditionally published titles (It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! and Bootie and the Beast) were a hit with my publishers and no changes were made. I’ve only changed the title of Soul Warrior, which used to be Soul Catcher, after pitching it to an editor, who suggested I use Warrior and not Catcher as it sounded stronger.

What books are in your to read pile?

Let’s see. The top three are: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith; Prince Lestat by Anne Rice; War of the Roses by Conn Iggulden.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My Last Love Story is my women’s fiction novel scheduled for release in May 2016. It has a very different voice than my previous books—heavy and tragic, not fun and flippant—and I’m super excited to share it with my readers.

Currently, I’m working on a suspense novel based in the sex trade in Mumbai. It’s gritty and ugly and dark. The research I’m doing on this project is shocking, both in depth and quality. I hope I can do justice to this terrible and very real world of sex trafficking.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

Not really. Google Earth and the Internet are great tools, besides libraries and my imagination. I find it challenging to write about places and things I have absolutely no idea about.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

This very lovely woman called Hang Le. Check out her website HERE.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just write. Even if it’s crap. It’s practice. Then fiddle with it. And fiddle some more and some more. Somewhere along all the fiddling, you will get the hang of stringing the right words together, and your writing will morph into this pretty eloquent butterfly from a taciturn moth.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Roxanne. This was fun!

Soul Warrior
The Age of Kali
Book 1
Falguni Kothari

Genre: Mythic fantasy or urban fantasy

Publisher: Falguni Kothari

Date of Publication: November 5th, 2015.

ISBN: ebook 9781944048006  
ISBN: print 9781944048013
ASIN: B0160TBA44

Number of pages: 404
Word Count: 120,000 words

Cover Artist: Hang Le

Book Description:

Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?

In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.

Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.

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About the Author:

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based South Asian author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance.

She’s published in India in contemporary romance with global e-book availability; Bootie and the Beast (Harlequin Mills and Boon) and It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! (Rupa and Co.), and launches a mythic fantasy series with Soul Warrior – Book 1, the Age of Kali.


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