Monday, July 14, 2014

The Bollywood Revolution!

 As you know, I wrote a multicultural NA about the love affair between an American-raised, though culturally strong, young Indian woman and her deliciously intelligent American-raised Irishman.
  IT'S DIVERSITY!
  It's culture!
  It's a movement!
  Wait. What? Yes. There's been a movement in the publishing industry to provide more diverse books. I had no intention of doing this when I wrote Priya in Heels. I had no idea about this movement. It wasn't until after I'd received an agent and a publishing contract that I heard the rumors, the needs, the flat-out raise-your-voice supporters.
  Shortly after announcing my deal on Twitter, a group of gifted writers of Desi background approached me. They were putting together a Desi blog, Saris and Stories, and asked if I'd like to join. I was so thrilled to meet other Indian authors that I couldn't help myself. And that, in itself is a little sad, no? Why should I be so excited to see people of color, of my heritage doing what I'm doing? We shouldn't be such a slim minority that I wondered if I were the only one out there.
  We banded together and our collaborative blog launched last week with a blog post introducing each of us as well as some amazing prizes.
   Today, Romance University posted an interview with us. We're titled: The Bollywood Revolution. I never thought I'd become part of a movement. We need more color, more culture, more diversity in our books. A story transports minds, does it not? Why not transport yourself to the lush gardens of India, or the wild jungles of China, or the majestic plains of Africa...or simply put yourself into the shoes of the colored girl who sat beside you in math class? Trust me, it's a whole other world out there. Don't miss it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saris and Stories

 It's so awesome to announce the launch of our group blog, Saris and Stories! We are a group of Desi (Indian area) authors who write YA, adult, romance, women's fiction, and multi-cultural fiction. Check out our gorgeous blog and enter to win giveaways happening EVERY DAY this week!

 Today, I'm giving away two colorful peacock rings to celebrate my upcoming release of Priya in Heels. Check out my blogpost over at Saris and Stories to learn how to enter to win one of these beauties!