How becoming a Harlequin India® author changed my life

Blast from the past: 22, January, 2014
Reet Singh

 

I am a doctor. A surgeon. Surgeons are trained to observe, to delve, to record.

When I won the Passions contest in 2013, I was catapulted into, for me, an uncharted part of the cosmos: the world of Harlequin® authors. Authors, too, are known to observe and delve and record, but there is a tangible difference between the two vocations. Doctors focus on people with problems, even on people who don’t want to develop problems; however, authors, because their creativity depends on it, focus on everybody and everything, most, if not all, the time….

 

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I’m ‘Stirring your Senses’ on the Harlequin Blog

Have you ever walked into somebody’s home and been pleasurably assaulted by the smell of brownies cooling on a rack?

Or heard the welcome patter of rain as it falls on a parched driveway?

How about a bunch of golden kumquats bravely clinging to the branches of a barren tree – that you had given up on – ever seen a more gratifying sight?

And when a child throws grubby arms about you, her face pressed into your neck, could anything be more precious than the feel of her skin, warm against yours?

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The challenge in writing a romance in an Indian setting

In response to a question posed by poet and author, Madhuri Maitra:

The romances I grew up reading revolved around dashing Englishmen, debonair French nobles, ruthless Arab sheiks, swashbuckling Australian ranchers and the like. The stories unfolded in exotic locations. Therefore, when called upon to write a romance in an Indian setting, I imagined it would be difficult. How would I get an Indian hero to do what Englishmen and Frenchmen had been doing in the Mills and Boons of yore?

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