Friday, July 11, 2014

#AuthorInterview Falguni Kothari @b00kr3vi3ws BOOTIE AND THE BEAST #chick-lit

Fairytales don't end with True Love's Kiss, they begin with one...
Diya Mathur (aka Beauty), celebrated supermodel and Party Princess of India, is adored by everyone. She works hard, plays hard, and has the biggest shoe fetish on the planet. But after she purchases one baby bootie, Diya's reputation is in ruins. There's only one place to escape the rumours - Texas, under the protection of her lifelong friend, and secret love, Krish Menon (aka the Beast).
Financial whizz-kid, CFO and entrepreneur, Krish is a brooding workaholic with a charisma that still brings Beauty Mathur to her knees. He has no idea, of course! They've shared a bond since childhood - a special friendship that thrives on sparring, teasing and goading - but with Diya back in his life and under his roof, Krish's latent desire for her explodes. And when he finally admits to the secret that has never allowed him to commit to any woman - especially Diya - everything changes. Krish might finally realise how much he wants his Beauty. But he won't get her until Diya has tamed her Beast.

Author Interview:

1. Family dynamics are always important and a big part of life. Was it easy to come up with all the complications to Diya and Krish's life? Did you base any of it from your own family?

-They sure are. Both my husband and I come from close-knit families. In fact, our whole extended family and community (clan if you will) practically lives in each other’s pockets, no matter where they reside in the world. As such, family dynamics are so much a part of my life that yes, it was super easy to come up with all of the family drama Diya and Krish experienced. None of it is based on anyone I know…though I suppose there are shades of many people I know within my works.

2. I love the way you wove fairy tales into the story. Did you watch a lot of Disney movies growing up? How did you get the idea to do a story based off Beauty and the Beast?

-J I am totally a Disney buff, Rachelle. Grew up watching Disney movies. Not only watch I believe I’ve been to Disney World, Disney Land and Euro Disney multiple times. Oh, also began my honeymoon at Disney World. I used to be addicted to all kinds of animated TV and have forced my kids to watch Disney movies until they learned to say “Enough Mama!”. Do I still need to explain how I got the idea of using Beauty and the Beast as the theme of my book? ;)

3. Opposites attract romances are always fun. Was it hard to keep Diya and Krish apart through almost the entire book? How did you think of all the fun and games while they were torturing each other?

-I didn’t see them so much as apart as not together romantically. Throughout the book, one can see how solid their friendship is. This friendship is also the reason they are…carefully apart. Neither one of them wants to jeopardize the close friendship by taking a step the other might reject. But once Krish crosses the line…he doesn’t fumble or falter. Not so much Diya—which is another contradiction I loved. That she was the one who wants love and romance, marriage and kids and when its offered, she balked.
About the fun and games in the book…this reverts back to your first question whether I’ve based any of it from my own familial experiences. I may have. I’ve had an extremely boisterous childhood with larger than life family holidays spent creating mayhem with my cousins. My uncles used to call me the equivalent of a Tornado Express in my native tongue. It’s how everyone is raised in India. We’re just loud.

4. Part of the story is in Texas. Why Texas?

-Krish is a minor character in my first novel It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! As an almost absentee character, I stuck him in Texas on a lark. I wanted him to be out of India. But by the end of that manuscript I knew I’d write Diya and Krish’s story and so had very consciously chosen the scenes and situations I’d put them in. I settled on Dallas because it has a large Indian immigrant population, great universities and would offer great work opportunities for a finance major.

5. I always love a romantic ending. Did you write the fairy tale ending first or figured it out while you were writing?

-Love a happy ending too. I wrote it last. I am mostly a linear writer. While writing, I need to go on the same journey as my characters. Though with my subsequent works…which are in progress…I am trying to shake things up.

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Falguni Kothari is a non-traditional homemaker who accidently tripped on a misplaced soccer ball and fell down the writer’s rabbit hole. Having no more experience with the whole writing/publishing shebang than being a voracious reader and movie buff, it more than surprised her that she could, in fact, write a full-length novel. 
Now, several manuscripts down, when she is not trying to find a way out of her many domestic duties or cajoling her Latin dance coach to compose a rumba on Bollywood music, she is found embroiled in some or other scandal—sorry, creating stories—on her ever-faithful laptop.
She’s authored Bootie and the Beast, It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! and Scrabbulous Impressions, a short story. She rumbas across a whole smorgasbord of Social Media daily and loves to connect with most living things. 

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