Interview with Nicola Marsh, Author of Busted in Bollywood + Giveaway

Nicola Marsh is the author of Busted in Bollywood, as well as many, many Harlequins, so if there is one thing that Nicola knows, it is romance!  She was able to drop by the virtual offices to discuss her new book, and to share her influences for the story.  Check out the giveaway after the interview, too!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

Devoted mum, focused writer, jill-of-all-trades: chef, accountant, domestic engineer, physiotherapist, crazy hectic!

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Busted in Bollywood?

BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is an eclectic mix of contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction. ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’

I think the blurb best sums it up:

Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s.

Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancé her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she’s mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiancé.

Life is less complicated in New York.

Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that’s when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn’t so far away?

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

I became hooked on Bollywood movies a few years ago and thought, wouldn’t it be great to come up with a book that encompasses colour, vibrancy, drama, music, romance, theatrics and downright spectacle of Bollywood? So I made Bollywood the central theme and the characters evolved from there.

I wanted Shari, the main character, to be of mixed race, so she could explore her Indian background and incorporate that into her development. The rest of the characters revolved around her and strutted onto the page, demanding their own stories, which I’ve interwoven throughout the story (Drew, Amrita, Rakesh, Aunt Anjali, the Ramas all have tales to tell!)

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing Busted in Bollywood?

The research! I wanted to ensure I got my facts straight so spent many hours interviewing Indian friends, poring over the Internet and cultural books, and jotting down notes.

Research is so interesting it can be a distraction and the more I learned about Mumbai, the more I wanted to go!

[Manga Maniac Café] What are two things Shari would never have in her purse?

A lawyer’s business card (courtesy of her hound-dog lawyer ex, The Toad.)
Diet pills (she’s hooked on laddoos & dahl & lassi.)

[Manga Maniac Café] What is your favorite Indian dish?  (Can you share a recipe?)

This is way too hard! I love so many Indian dishes, from Prawns Malabar to masala dhosai, dahl to rassam, sambhar to seekh kebabs.

I’ve been posting recipes for dishes taken from the book as part of my BOLLY-BITES blog tour, so can I cheat and refer you to my blog, where I’ll have all the recipes in the sidebar?

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

I admire prolific, successful authors like: Nora Roberts and James Patterson. I know how hard it is to write a book, and the blood, sweat and tears that goes into each and every one, so to see how many books these authors produce a year, of consistently good quality…well, it’s inspirational.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

Peace. Focus. Inspiration.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. From the moment I picked up this book as a child I was enchanted with reading and my love affair with books hasn’t abated with time.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

At the risk of sounding like a total geek, my limited down time is spent reading. I can’t get enough of books!

Oh, and I’m hooked on social media! Love Twitter!!! Can’t shut me up Smile

[Manga Maniac Café]  Thanks!


You can find Nicola online by clicking the following links:

Website: http://www.nicolamarsh.com

Blog: http://nicolamarsh.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NicolaMarshAuthor

Busted in Bollywood is out now! It is available in print and digital formats.  You can purchase it from B&N, The Book Depository,  or by clicking the links below:

 

Now for the giveaway! 

I have one digital copy of the fun Busted in Bollywood up for grabs!  This giveaway is open Internationally.  This is an easy contest to enter – just leave a comment sharing your favorite cuisine.  Please leave an email address so I can contact the winner.  The giveaway closes December 26th.  You must be at least 13 to enter.

11 thoughts on “Interview with Nicola Marsh, Author of Busted in Bollywood + Giveaway

  • December 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm
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    I have never eaten any Indian food. I love Italian food. One of my favoritess is chicken alfredo.

    kscathy@yahoo.com

  • December 20, 2011 at 6:54 am
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    Indian is sensational, Cathy, worth a try.
    I love Italian too. Linguini marinara would have to be my fave. Yum!

  • December 20, 2011 at 6:56 am
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    Chinese is another cuisine I love, Lecea.
    Yum cha, Peking Duck, anything ginger & chilli…I’m getting hungry!

  • December 20, 2011 at 11:47 am
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    I’m a country food lover – Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy – that kind of thing.
    Thank you for the giveaway chance!

  • December 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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    Filet Mignon potato salad and vegy’s only when I go out to eat though, I can’t make Filet Mignon like a good restaurant can!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • December 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm
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    Sweet and sour pork or chicken is a hugely popular dish in Chinese restaurants in Australia, Victoria.

  • December 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm
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    Wholesome country food in winter is great, Gena.
    And thanks for following my blog tour, great to see you here :)

  • December 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm
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    I love a good steak, Kelly, and fillet mignon one of the best!

  • December 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm
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    I like Chinese and Indian food when I eat out. I adore naan bread, and butter chicken. (BUTTER CHICKEN!)

    I will eat almost anything though! LOL. When I was young, my mother had many friends who were new to Canada. They would always stop in at our house and bring us new foods to try.

    Thank you for the interview and giveaway!

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