Thursday, January 2, 2014

Author: Simi K. Rao Interview and Giveaway!

I'd like to welcome debut author Simi K. Rao to the blog today to celebrate the publication of her novel, An Incurable Insanity. I'll be reviewing this book soon, but for now, be sure to stick around to learn about this debut author. We have an INTERNATIONAL giveaway for you at the end!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Simi! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief bio with us?

I am a physician—and to many I may appear serious and solitary. But once people get to know me better, they often think that I am frank, down-to-earth, with quite a quirky sense of humor. And that is what I bring to my writing—read and you shall see.

I was born in the dead center of India, but had the privilege of spending time both in the north and south. Therefore I have been able to sample and absorb to some extent the vastly diverse cultures and languages of both these regions (the very quality that imparts tremendous richness to our country’s heritage)—a phenomenon perhaps not seen anywhere else in the world.

After immigrating to the United States in my early twenties and spending several years in this country, whenever I travel back to my homeland now, I find that I appreciate my roots a lot more. Still there is so much to see and learn, that a lifetime won’t suffice.

I wish to share some of my experiences here as well as write on all things and sundry.

Hope to make it a fun and interactive journey.

Readers, here's a bit about the book, which was released in July!

An Incurable Insanity
Simi K. Rao

Page Count: 376
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Tate Publishing

Shaan is a recent 27-year-old aerospace master's grad who lands the perfect job in a leading aeronautics and space exploration company in Los Angeles. At the urging of his parents, he goes down the traditional arranged marriage route, leaving behind a lover and a complicated relationship in Los Angeles. As a result, Shaan and Ruhi's marriage has an awkward and uncomfortable start.

The begrudging spouses make a pact: Ruhi will stay with Shaan in the United States long enough to avoid embarrassment from their family and peers. Ruhi, remaining optimistic, thinks that she can use this time to try and win Shaan's heart, but to no avail.

Follow Ruhi and Shaan on a roller coaster ride as they attempt to be “friends without benefits” and expose their true selves to each other in search of love and happiness.

How was your experience of getting published with an American publishing company? How did you go about it?

I did some research, then sent in samples of my manuscript to a few agents and publishing companies. I went with the one that seemed the most reliable.

How would you describe yourself—a detailed writer or a spontaneous writer?

I’m a spontaneous writer but I use detailing where necessary.

The eBook market is still an emerging segment in India. What do you think helps the segment in the US, that isn’t happening in India?

There are many more avid readers in the US than in India. And they like to read while commuting and travelling, hence the convenience and portability of eBooks comes in very handy.

What's a piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?

Indulge in your passion and the rest will follow :)

What's next for you?

Readers can expect a sequel to An Incurable Insanity.

Where can you be found on the web?

Thank you for swinging by the blog today, Simi, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Books à la Mode is giving away a print copy of An Incurable Insanity—woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What country's culture(s) do you find most fascinating? Or what culture would you like to learn more about, either through travel or fiction?

Don't forget to include your email address in your comment so I know who to contact when I randomly select winner. Don't make me track you down!!!!
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Simi and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to Book Publicity Services!
Giveaway ends January 16th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and CAN readers only. Sorry, rest of the world! Please check out the top of my sidebar where there is a list of currently running giveaways that are open internationally.
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!