A Tapestry of Tears
Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a spectrum of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Outside the Magic Circle
Catherine Dickens: Outside the Magic Circle is fact-based fiction. Charles Dickens forced a separation on his wife after twenty-one years of marriage and ten children, falsely alleging that she was an unfit wife and mother. The book is a fictionalized account of Catherine’s life after she was plucked out of her familiar world and thrown to the wolves, as it were, by the exemplary Charles Dickens. It is told in her voice; sometimes reminiscing, at other times baffled, confused, hurt, angry. It has her tears, her love, and her quest for the meaning of her life, and marriage.
Happiness is a Collage
This collection of fifteen stories leads the reader into a world that is at once Indian and universal. The stories explore love, life, loss, and relationships.
A painter derives inspiration from a long lost love. Every night after going to bed, a woman scours a vast desert for her missing husband. A young woman strides through two worlds. A son experiences the miracle of his father’s immense love. An actor’s wife struggles to keep her husband from slipping into his reel life. And a busy professional tries to factor in pregnancy and motherhood into her hectic life.
Among those traversing this space are a henpecked billionaire, a homeless boy, a middle-aged wife dealing with infidelity, and a seeker finding solace with a lion and a deer.
My Regency Romance Series
I had no intention of writing a romance. I've written two now, and have plans of writing two more, to complete the series, Sisters by Marriage.
I've read romances in my younger days. Not many but along with P.G. Wodehouse, they were my escape fiction, to be be read after the stress of exams, etc. I enjoyed Georgette Heyer's light-hearted romances the most. She created a world of dukes and earls and beautiful heroines, and a cast of characters ranging from delightfully absurd to lovably silly.
I thought to try my hand at writing a regency romance. The story came easily enough - it was a romance after all - I only needed to keep the hero and heroine apart until the Happily Ever After. I expected to complete the book in 4-5 weeks. It took four months. I even had to research. What started as a fun exercise turned into a challenge.
I guess Jessica Spencer will be doing some more writing.
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