Monday, August 19, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Awakening Colors by Ritu K. Gupta

Paranormal Mystery
Date Published: 4/12/13

Awakening Colors will take you on a magical adventure!   
Read this fascinating story that weaves together current times with ancient mythologies. Set in modern day Toronto, this book is an exciting story of adventures that evolve across material worlds into illusions and beyond.
Using his powers to reach into the world of illusions, Arche Lasarre is able to change destinies.  The power of his manipulations threatens all three worlds: the material, the illusionary and the timeless.
Visions of constantly changing destinies and futures depicted in vibrant colors - this is what Pari sees.  Mystified and confused, Pari initially hides her visions from others. She dismisses them as hallucinations.
Guided by scrolls left to her by the spiritual master Chanakya, Pari needs to discover her powers and define her own destiny.  Will she be seduced by the lure of Arche's power of illusions?  Will she choose her own path?  What will Pari do?  
Find out now!

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Writing is a passion and so yes, I see it as my primary career.  Although it doesn’t pay like one J  I have been writing for as long as I can remember.  As kids, my sister and me would attempt to talk in rhymes.  For anyone who has attempted this, you know that talking in rhymes means not just finding a word that rhymes but making that word fit with the conversation.  That’s spinning a story on the fly!  It’s extempore fiction and it is great fun.

Writing is also something I have done consistently.  I have held many types of jobs – programmer, sales, entrepreneur, finance, management, etc. I have built and changed careers several times.  Now in hindsight, I can see that even though writing didn’t make much money for me, it remains my consistent form of labor… of love.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

The hardest part is taking the wrong turn.  Sometimes when I am writing, I may feel strongly about how the story should turn next.  I’ll take that turn and go along the path feeling the words dry up.  Facing a dead-end, I realize that I took the wrong turn somewhere.

Then I have to go back and find exactly where I lost my way in the story… so that I can find my words and keep writing.

I have learned that no matter how I may want the story to progress, there is an organic way that I need to follow.  If I can shelve my own expectations of the story, it will grow into something gorgeous which will surprise and bedazzle me.

So the hardest part is keeping my own judgments and expectations in check and simply writing the story as it wants to unfold.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I have two very good friends – Arlene and Sheila – who are also my biggest supporters and my first readers.  They give me genuine criticism and ground me. 

#4 – What is next for your writing?

Awakening Colors is going to be followed by Becoming Colors, which is in the process of finalization.  I’ve sent off my rewrites to the editor and hope to have it ready for publishing next month. 

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

Yes, I read constantly.  I read anything and everything from fiction to non-fiction.  I read indies and traditional press.  And I often read more than one book at a time.  For example, currently I’m reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed during my train ride to and from my day job, and “Bombay Bhel” by Ken Doyle in the evenings.

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Join Pari as she rises from the greys of reality, awakening to the brilliance of colors to change both her world and yours.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?  MP3… same function for a tenth of the price.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!  OMG Definitely Chocolate with chocolate chips and chocolate brownies… as much chocolate as you can stuff in a chocolate ice cream in as many forms possible!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries – yum! Can anything beat that satisfying crunch when you bite into it!

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy J Life has enough drama as it is!

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel… grittier and more entertaining.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy!  Of course!!  That is where anything is possible.

#7 – Call or Text? Text.  No need for pleasantries and fakeness.  Get to the point and don’t waste time. 

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public.  Bring on the world – as soon as possible – throw me in the pool – I’ll learn to swim.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee, Coffee, and more Coffee!

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Ebook… save the trees!

Rooted to her land of birth, India, and tied to her adoptive country Canada where she has lived for the past 25 plus years, Ritu combines her experiences and beliefs to weave seamless stories that will awaken your imagination and change the way you view the world.
Ritu is committed to working closely with a set of beta readers and her editor to write and publish quality works of fiction.
Besides writing, she loves to read, garden, meditate and to walk. She currently lives in Woodbridge, Ontario with her husband.
Her first book Awakening Colors is available for purchase on Amazon and Kobo.

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