Mina Khan is the author of The Djinn’s Dilemma, recently released under Harlequin’s Nocturne Cravings imprint. Mina stopped by to chat about her writing, as well as to let us get to know her better.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Mina Khan] Imaginative writer & foodie, a work in progress, who pens paranormal erotic romance as Mina Khan.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, The Djinn’s Dilemma?
[Mina Khan] The story is about Rukh O’Shay, a half-djinn (same thing as a genie…yes, the wish-granting beings!) assassin, who is used to taking out the bad guys. But his latest assignment, Texas Journalist Sarah White, is nothing like he expected. A glimpse of her bright aura reveals her gentle spirit, while her beauty makes him long for only one thing—to taste her. Sarah shares the raw desire to connect with Rukh. He can turn her on with a glance, and satisfies needs she didn’t even know she had. But Rukh had been hired to kill her—and the only way to save her is to find out who wants her dead before someone else finishes the job….
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Mina Khan] I grew up on my grandmother’s spine-tingling stories of djinns and ghosts with their otherworldly powers, and these childhood myths are part of my storytelling psyche. However, I also had a more human & physical inspiration…actor Antonio Banderas.
[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think books with paranormal elements are so popular with readers? Why do you enjoy writing them?
[Mina Khan] I read & write for enjoyment & escapism. A good book should pull me in and make me forget about realities like the dishes that need washing, the laundry waiting to be folded, or the nerve-wracking wait in the dentist’s office…and adventures with genies, werewolves and mermaids are like the ultimate escape.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Mina Khan] Not knowing whether anyone else would love the story as much as I do…and so getting reader feedback has been the best part of getting published
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your biggest creative influences?
[Mina Khan] Stories! I have always been an avid reader and was fortunate to be nurtured on stories as a child.
Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Mina Khan] Quiet, alone time & Diet Coke.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Mina Khan] Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu hooked me on romance and paranormal. Love her writing!
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Mina Khan] Cooking, reading, volunteering, spending time with friends & family, Renaissance dancing, teaching, watching movies.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!!
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Oh heaven and hell, stop with the tears. Given the day Sarah had just had, the tears were logical. But watching her face crumple, hearing the gut-deep harsh sobs, filled Rukh with an irrational need to pull her into his arms, wrap her in a hug.
As soon as the urge had gelled into conscious thought, his essence hardened into visibility and his arms slid up around her shivering, wet body.
Sarah’s eyes popped open and she staggered back with a yell.
His arms tightened around her, steadying her, keeping her close. Well, shit. At least, she’d stopped crying.
Fear-bright green eyes stared at him instead.
Given he was an assassin, sent to kill her, her response was natural, even intelligent. Yet, bitterness churned in his gut at the thought of her fearing him. “It’s okay,” he whispered. “You’re safe.”
“Am I hallucinating?” Her question came out as a croak.
“Yes, yes you are.” That seemed a much better answer than the truth.
She pinned him with her dark, direct gaze. “You’re just a figment of my imagination. A fantasy?”
“Yes.” He didn’t dare move.
“Then why are you still wearing clothes?”
He made the clothes disappear and stood there as naked as her. Skin against skin, the heat from her body melted into his. Warm water washed over them like rain.