Today is a special treat! We have the amazing Kishan Paul here today answering some questions about who she is, being an author and her newest release-The Second Wife. Thanks for joining us Kishan!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Let’s see. The easy answer is that I am an Asian Indian woman who has called Texas home since I was 4 years old. I’ve been married to my best friend for over eighteen years and have two lovely children.
The things about me you probably will not figure out by reading my bio is that I love to laugh and find humor in the craziest things. I’m accident prone (Oh the stories I can tell). I really need to work on thinking before I speak (sigh.) When I’m watching action movies, I have a tendency to hit the person next to me during the intense scenes. I love Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, and all things super hero related.
When did you decide to become a writer and what was the first thing you wrote?
Until about two years ago, the idea of writing books had never occurred to me. I still remember the night, I was walking to my car in a deserted parking lot. By the time I was in the car, the story line for this book, The Second Wife, was in my head. It was all I could think of until, finally I got out of bed that night and started writing it down.
Where is your ideal writing spot?
I don’t really have an ideal writing spot. The kitchen table, the dining room, on my sofa, in my office, in the car — I can write just about anywhere and have a tendency to get bored of staying in one spot for too long. Regardless of where I sit, it needs to be quiet and absolutely boring. As cool as the idea of writing by a beach or in the mountains is, I’d get so lost in the scenery, I’d never get more than a few words written—trust me I’ve tried.
How do you get your ideas?
It’s funny you ask that. Up until a couple days ago, I was in that “I need inspiration” stage right now. For me, it’s books and movies, the more emotional it is the better and music has that effect on me too. Sometimes it’s just the simple act of driving down a road with no one to talk to and no good music to listen to. A few days ago, I was drinking a glass of wine and Sunny’s (one of my secondary characters from Blind Love) story started in my head. Now I’m not sure if it was the wine or the actual act of drinking it, whatever it was, I’m running with it.
What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing? The easiest thing?
Pain is the hardest thing for me to write about. I fall in love with my characters. They become my family and with that is this need to keep them safe. So when they are suffering, writing about their pain, physically hurt’s. On the other hand, writing about their joys, it’s the best part of the experience for me.
What is your writing process? Do you outline your stories/characters?
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.
What are you currently working on?
I just started One Sunny Daye. It will be the story of Sunshine Daye, a character from Blind Love. Sunny’s an erotic romance writer and funny. Needless to say, I’m having a blast with her story.
Oh-I really enjoyed Blind Love!
Where did the idea for your story come from? How long did the story take you to complete?
The Second Wife came to me when I was walking in a dark deserted parking lot over two years ago. This is actually the first story I ever wrote and if you consider the writing, rewriting, and editing process, the story took me all of two years to write.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your book in this post?
Alicia: Bollywood actress Bupasa Basu
David: Italian actor Ettore Bassi
Eddie: Bollywood actor John Abraham
What are your thoughts on the debate: e-books vs. paperback?
I love hard/paperback books. There’s something cool about turning the pages and being able to read it anywhere and at any time. Ebooks are growing on me though, just for the ease of access you have in getting them. But in the end, I will always choose paper over electronic.
What book(s) are you reading at present?
Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Bride. Wow, what an amazing story.
- Book?/Author? Yikes. There are too many to list. Let’s see: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Twilight Stephanie Meyer, All things Colleen Hoover
- Movie? Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing
- Musician/Band? The Eagles and Phil Collins oh and Sting
- Song? Desperado
- TV Show? I’m loving The Arrow right now
- Actor/Actress? Robin Williams was an amazing actor and he will be missed.
- Food? All things coffee and chocolate. Now if you put those together I’m in total heaven
- Destination/Vacation Spot? Anywhere pretty where I can sit and be pampered
- Superhero: I love super heroes. Superman, Wonder woman, all of them.
Where does this story take place, and what influenced your choice of setting?
The Second Wife takes place mostly in Lahore Pakistan but also in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Do you watch sports? If so, what is your favorite sport and team?
My poor husband wishes I was a sports fan. If I had to pick a favorite team it would the Dallas Cowboys because I value my marriage…
How would you describe your ideal Saturday evening?
My ideal Saturday evening, hmm isn’t all that exciting. It’s hanging out with my family and friends. There would be wine and chocolate involved and lots of laughing.
We seem to have similar friends! 🙂
Title: The Second Wife
Author: Kishan Paul
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Length: 80,000 words
Cover Artist: Syneca Fetherstone
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, Ally 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-four-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 he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a mercenary. 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?
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March Twenty-third, Philadelphia
The slow drip of a leaky faucet disrupted Ally’s otherwise quiet slumber.
“Ally.” The distant sound of David’s voice soothed her, enveloping her in a warm blanket of safety.
A smile tugged at her lips. Soon he’d crawl into bed and wrap his limbs around hers, cocooning her with his love.
Instead of the heat she anticipated, something coarse scraped against her cheek. When she tried to swat it away, her arms refused to comply.
“Baby, wake up.” Her husband’s echoed tone became louder, rougher. “You need to wake up.”
The urgency in it made her eyelids flutter, pulling her further away from the dark claws of sleep.
Like a silent movie, foggy images of a dimly lit parking lot invaded her dreams. A woman, tall and lean, walked the deserted space alone. With each clip of her heels against the paved road, the haze cleared a little more. Ally’s heart raced when the woman’s features came into view. Long, curly, black hair, dark brown eyes, tanned complexion.
It was her.
Two sets of hands emerged from the shadows, dragging her into the woods. The taller of the two men covered the woman’s mouth, muting her screams as she wrestled to break free, until the other one slammed a brick into the base of her skull, plunging her into darkness.
This must be a dream.
Rays of light pierced the darkness as Ally’s heavy eyelids fought to open. When she shifted, instead of soft sateen sheets, her cheek scraped against a cold, hard surface.
“Alisha? Can you hear me?” This voice wasn’t David’s. It sounded thick, heavy with an accent and oddly familiar. So familiar, she shivered.
Reviews for The Second Wife:
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
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 have graduated with honors. Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over seventeen years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.
Her novel, Blind Love, is currently available through most major ebook sites and through Samhain Publications.
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