She is a person who has an unimaginable capacity to describe “a damaged hero′s heart” as well as “bold women capabilities ” in a very systematic way .She is bubbly chirpy Raman , who rants on every possible thing on earth .
Presenting Ms Aarti.V.Raman for you all .Welcome Ms Aarti .V. Raman on feelgoodwithmeblog. Please have a sit here.Do you want have some tea along with me?.O.K. without wasting this precious one hour with you .I shall proceed further ….
Interview with Aarti .V. Raman
1.Who is Aarti.V.Raman?
Aarti V Raman is lost. She is utterly and one hundred percent lost. Lost in books, movies, songs. Lost inside her head where she plots stories with brave and damaged heroes and the women who make them OK. Stories with good and bad battling it out in big, small ways and people saving the world (literally and metaphorically) in the ways that only they can.
Lost in figuring out happy ever after, over and over again.
2.What inspired you to write about characters like ‘Krivi’ and ‘Ziya’?
Kingdom Come’s Krivi and Ziya, much like any two leads that I write (have written) are two people who are finding their way. To each other. To themselves. To doing what’s right, even when it is terribly hard and you want to give up.
The inspiration to write them, came from the story I was trying to tell. About this terrorist who was intent on blowing up the world and the man who wanted to catch him. The choices each of these people made informed the characters they became. In the case of Ziya, who is a late entrant in the revenge part of the plot, it was about exploring themes of loss and belonging and home through Kashmir, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
3.What do people close to Aarti .V. Raman say about her ‘persona ‘?
I do not have a persona, ha-ha. Unless you count talking to myself which is more a sign of lunacy than a personality trait. As for what people say about me, that is a question best answered by my peeps, isn’t it? (winks)
4. Aarti .V. Raman is tough cop or a girl next door?
Aarti V Raman is more of a nap time enthusiast, to be honest (laughs). I don’t want my characters to be slotted into these pigeon-holed clichés, so there is no chance of me wanting to be just one thing all the time. The most I can say about myself is in the immortal words of Pink: Some days, I’m a hazard to myself.
5. While developing a particularly complex character, what are necessary things that an aspiring writer should keep in mind before he/she begins to type it down?
According to me, aspiring and other writers (professional, published and bestselling) writers need to have a clear picture of the motivations, back story and drive of their characters before they begin writing. It can be as simple as Krivi Iyer is an ex MI5 spy who doesn’t connect with people because he is obsessed with finding The Woodpecker.
Or Meera Sagar. 27. Ex-ballerina from Juilliard Academy in New York. Basket case because she can’t dance any more.
Or it can a questionnaire you fill out that clues you in on the minutiae of the character and the conflicts (internal and external) that they are trying to resolve. It just depends on how much fleshing out of your character you’re willing to do, in order to make the story more authentic.
6. OK Aarti .V. Raman are you ready for rapid fire round .So shall we start?
Favourite character’s name from Priyanka Menon books ‘The One That Got away and why: Mithi, of course. Because her name evokes such happy feelings whenever I say it out loud.
Favourite hero: Right now, it’s Damon Salvatore from the TV version of The Vampire Diaries. Ask me next week, and it might change (winks).
Describe one of the Funniest Moments of your life: OK, one of the lesser embarrassing moments would be when I was travelling in Mumbai’s local trains at peak hour, to go for the house-warming party of a friend who lived a bit far away. The train was jam-packed and we had to get off at Borivli where I live, but the ladies in the compartment were so militant that they wouldn’t let me through, one of them actually pulled my backpack, so I had to bend back Matrix-style and I screamed. I travelled to the next couple stations and then caught another train and came back home. It sure is funny now, but in those few moments my life flashed before my eyes.
Favourite Author: I absolutely do not have a single favourite author when there is a whole world of writers to read, explore and enjoy!
Name a dish made by you during this festive season: I made Gajar ka Halwa for Christmas. Does that count?
Favourite colour: Don’t have one at the moment.
Thank you Aarti, for giving me such a wonderful opportunity of interviewing the ‘Writer Gal’
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On Author’s Circle today, meet author and blogger, nap time advocate, Aarti V Raman, to talk about writing, life and her book, Untitled Book 3 but also called The Last Time.
Hi Aarti, thanks for dropping in and letting us have a peek into your life. Hello Falguni, thanks for having me over. I know this is long overdue so I hope the chat more than makes up for it. So, first of all, Happy New Year to you and yours.
Below is a list of questions. Please answer around 8-10 of them in sweet, short lines. If you feel two questions might have similar answers then just answer 1 of them. Also, make sure you answer the starred questions.
1.*** So, what’s your book about?
This is my third book, a straight up contemporary romance. No guns, no bombs, just lurveee. (I can hear disappointed exclamations already!) Firstly, I cannot believe I get to publish three novels with traditional publishing houses, something I only ever dreamed of.
Secondly, Book 3 is about a troubled ex-ballerina who comes home to Mumbai and wants to start a ballet school after her lovable but traditional Gujarati family want her to get married ASAP. The only trouble is, she cannot dance any more. Enter Abeer Goswami, lawyer, ex-boyfriend and the love of her life who basically helps her get her dream running. How do these two find their way back to each other forms the crux of the book. And of course, the big question – Can you rebuild your life again when your dearest dream ends?
2.Do you have any strange writing habits?
ALL my writing habits are strange (laughs). For instance, I need to have a particular music playlist on my iPod, which changes with every book, when I write. Then, I need to wear my Santa hat if I write in December, which I almost always do. Oh, and I pace. A LOT. I think I will stop now before people decide I am too weird to read about.
3.What does your day look like?
I have a full-time job now, as editor at e27.co, an awesome news website about Asian start-ups, so my day begins at 8 AM when I have to wake up for work. I work throughout the day (read FB and YouTube a LOT in between), then chill for a bit. Exercising is my new motto so I do that, followed by a bit of catching up on my marketing and cooking dinner. But when I am writing (which is not as often as I would like) all rules go out the window and I become a zombie d hermit, who talks to herself at 3 AM. Sometimes cries too (laughs).
4.Which author/s have inspired you the most?
Nora Roberts. Sidney Sheldon. Nora because her unparalleled achievements in romance writing opened it up as a phenomenon and Sidney because Nothing Lasts Forever is the first adult novel I read when I was nine. Yes, I was a precocious child.
I also love JK Rowling. She did for YA Urban Fantasy what Nora did for romance.
5.What’s your favourite book and why?
6.If your book becomes a movie whom would you want to play the hero and the heroine?
HA-HA. If you read the dedications to my novels you will see the heroes are already decided for. Hugh Jackman in White Knight, Akshay Kumar for Kingdom Come and Abhay Deol’s laid back good guy with sense and sophistication and spine inspired a lot of Abeer so I guess him. For the women, gosh…I don’t know…ME?! (winks). Hollywood, Bollywood are you listening?
7.*** How did you become a writer? In other words, tell us YOUR STORY.
How does anyone become a writer? They start writing J I don’t have a story any more. It’s more an adventure that keeps changing with new obstacles and challenges being added, but with also better and more awesome surprises coming my way.
But I will say this. I wanted to write for Harlequin from the time I read my first Mills&Boon at 14. I accomplished that with Kingdom Come. That is my favourite part of my story, so far.
8.What is your least favourite part about the writing/publishing profession?
The evolving nature of marketing and the way social media has basically cannibalized the way we think about it. In the earlier days (say 2005), all you had to do was write a great book and sell it. Now you have to post on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, video it on YouTube, talk about it on Goodreads…gosh, just talking about it is exhausting me.
The upside to this is that it’s easier to create a reader base with so many platforms available for everyone to connect in. And I love talking so it’s still a win-win.
9.What is your best marketing tip?
Be true to yourself. People will only buy what you’re selling if you are genuine about it. So if you’re socially awkward be socially awkward. If you’re chatty (like me) be that. If you are smooth and sophisticated like a vodka Martini who always says the right things, well, can I meet your publicist? (laughs)
10.Why write romance?
Why not? It’s the best thing in the world, isn’t it? Love? So why not write as much as I can about it.
11.Is there a certain scene you find difficult to write? Eg: Racy or action etc..? Why?
Truth be told, I find EVERYTHING difficult to write in the middle of my draft. And conversely, nothing. Because once the movie starts playing in your head, all you have to do is follow the script and put it down as you see it. I know, it sounds completely kooky…imagine what my family thinks of me!
I don’t find sex scenes or actions or dialogue hard to write, because, again, it’s all there in my head. All I have to do is write it.
12.Is your writing character-driven or plot-driven?
It’s a mix of both. First the characters, in the form of hunky heroes make an appearance. But I am always thinking of new and interesting topics to write about (like, my new college romance which I shall begin soon…) and then I see a hot dude and things click. I mutter to myself. Force my mother to sit through narrations (ha-ha) and put it all down as a story outline. So it is both.
But, I cannot make the plot work if the characters don’t work in it, so I do tend to skew my writing toward the people in my stories but never to the detriment of the plot.
13.Which is the best character you’ve written? Is he or she your favourite? Why?
The best character I have written is the one I am always about to write. This hero or heroine is my favourite because their world is open to me all over again. Their choices, the growth arcs and the lovely wonderful ending I dream up for them. I am more attracted to what I CAN write than what I HAVE written, I guess.
14.Naturally, in part you are all your characters (they come from your head) but which of your characters is the most like you? Or resonates in you the most? Why?
All of them come from a place inside me. They can’t be completely independent of me, particularly the women. For instance, I can never write women who are weak-willed and depend on a man to rescue them from things. But no, apart from Ariana White of White Knight, none of my other characters are really like me. Ariana White is the idealized version of Dana Evans from Sidney Sheldon novels – kick ass, war correspondent and stubborn as all hell.
15.What do you wish to convey through your writing?
I wish to entertain people with my writing. The world is an awful, messed up place. So, if by reading a story written by me, or a blog or a Facebook post for that matter, makes the people escape for a bit than I would have done my job well. For myself (smiles).
16.*** What can we expect from you next?
Book 3 from Fingerprint Publishing, as I keep telling anyone who will listen, ha-ha. I also just finished a first draft of a take on The Prince and The Pauper and am attempting to write my first-ever college romance soon. Then there is my not-so secret dream of writing YA Urban Fantasy. So yeah…just this much. LOL.
17.*** To end lets try a Rapid Fire round. Your answer should be the first word/s that pops into your head when you think of:
LIFE: Living, coffee
HERO: Damon Salvatore (I know. I cannot get over him!)
I hope you all must have really enjoyed reading this interview :-).
With lots of Hugs