About the Book
Nila still remembers the fire that claimed her husband’s life. Being a widow and single mother is hard enough but being accused of her husband’s murder still burns. Unable to complete her education in the US, the beautiful young Nila is propelled into a life of bar dancing back home in India. When she runs into Malcolm, a handsome, womanizing, and ambitious old acquaintance from her college days, a friendship emerges, and she is confronted with dreams that had been buried for years. For the first time since her arranged marriage, and since the fire that changed her life, Nila is drawn into a journey of self-discovery.
Forced to face their own demons, both Malcolm and Nila are thrown into a war of good versus evil as Nila’s mother in law is determined to have her incarcerated for murdering her son . Not having an easy life thus far, Nila feels like she has already been in a fiery furnace, while Malcolm feels torn about jeopardizing his nearly perfect future and fortune with her problems. When a rich American runway model attempts to steal Malcolm’s heart, Nila begins to re-evaluate her relationship with Malcolm.When the heat is turned up, will Nila trust the foreign faith she has grown to know? Will Malcolm and Nila be able to overcome their conflicting cultures and ambitions to finally find real love, the kind that only comes from God?
Five Minutes With The Author
When did you begin to love writing?
I remember always loving stories, whether they were on paper or in my head. As soon as I could read and write, I began to write stories and cut and paste pictures to go with my stories. I read every book I could get my hands on and I lived for these imaginary characters. All through middle school, high school, and college I wrote for school publications and enjoyed every creative moment of it.
Did you know you would be an author?
Yes, at the back of my mind, I knew I would write a book one day. However, my career track was originally journalism because I was steered that way by teachers.Unfortunately, I didn’t realize I should have majored in creative writing.
Why do you call yourself a kingdom writer?
In everything I write, I try to glorify God’s kingdom. My goal is to illustrate God’s love through the lives of ordinary people.
When did you publish your first book?
My first published book was a collection of poetry entitled, When Torn Down Is All You Know. A few years later, at the end of 2006, I received my first two book deal with Kensington’s Urban Christian Books. My first novel, The Lovechild, was released in August 2008.
What would you say have been the highlights of your literary career?
I currently have five novels in print, including my latest release, Scorched. My next novel, When Kingdom Comes, will be released in August 2014. Just knowing that my books are available in bookstores and libraries across the country and the world is very humbling for me. I love it most when people write to me to say that they enjoyed the book or that it had a specific impact on their life.
Which book of yours is your favorite?
Although I have a particular liking of the characters of the joy series, I would have to say that my favorite book is Scorched because of the love story.
Tell us about Scorched.
Scorched was released on June 25th 2013. Nila is a beautiful Indian woman who is struggling with her faith. Although she is still traumatized by her arranged marriage, domestic abuse and the fire that changed her life, she is still being accused of murdering her husband. As life is not easy for women in India,Nila is forced into a life of illegal bar dancing in Bangalore to support herself and her daughter. When she runs into Malcolm, a handsome, womanizing, and ambitious old acquaintance from her college days in the United States, they become close friends;she still fears any kind of intimacy. When a rich American runway model attempts to steal Malcolm’s heart, Nila begins to re-evaluate her relationship with Malcolm but it may be too late.
Why did you decide to write about India?
I always enjoy taking adventurous trips in my imagination, although I haven’t visited there yet. Believe it or not the character came first and then the destination. I wanted to show what life was like for women in India and what it was like for an American living and working in Bangalore.
What did you enjoy most about writing Scorched?
I enjoyed writing Malcolm’s character because he was so irresistible and almost chivalrous, at least to Nila. I loved softening his heart underneath that fine, muscular exterior.
What would you like your readers to know that they may not all ready know?
I’d like them to know that I write screenplays now, that I have one movie released on dvd, Searching For The Right Thing and it’s available for purchase on Amazon. Look for my second production to be released next fall.
What should we expect from you next?
Definitely more books and more movies which shed light in a dark world.
Where can we purchase books,contact you or find out more about your writing ministry?