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Interview with Malini Amaladoss

She is passionate about living the life of her dream! She pours her heart and soul into writing intense and profound love stories to touch and soothe the hearts of her readers! Her books focus on experiencing ageless love with modern and contemporary charm! Malini is a writer at heart and a Software Engineer by profession. 

She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. One thing that she loves the most is to write Romance with an amalgam of emotions, intimacy, gravity, depth, and character! Malini made her home in the beautiful State of North Carolina in the USA. Before that, she lived in two equally amazing countries, India and Belgium. Malini's favorite quote is by Alfred Lord Tennyson - It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I love poetry, and I have been writing poems in lyrical, dramatic, and narrative genres. I plan to publish it one day.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books? What are you currently working on?
I am working on my upcoming book, You Complete Me. I am very excited about this book as it will be another meaningful, sensible, and passionate story about love, life, and relationships.

Q.3 When did you decide to write Retrace Love?
I have wanted to publish my novel for many years, but with Retrace Love, it became a reality. I decided on writing Retrace Love a year ago.

Q.4 How do you come up with the name of your book?
I would like to name my books based on their theme. In Retrace Love, the main character Tina breaks up with the love of her life, Ray, without a secure closure. Tina does not realize the residual feelings for Ray until she retraces her past and understands the power of introspection and forgiveness that are necessary for relationships to evolve over time.

Q.5 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t let anything stop your love for writing. It's okay to be undecided about the ending of a story while working on it, and don’t wait forever to tell your story.

Q.6 How do you select the name of your characters?
I don’t have a particular pattern for selecting the names of my characters. I like beautiful and catchy names that can be pronounced well by readers across the world.

Q.7 Is your book inspired by a certain person/event/memory, etc.?
A. Retrace Love
was inspired by the feeling of love, honesty in friendships, complexity in relationships, and reconciliation of emotions that can be seen every day in every person. These are the main triggers for my books. I am amazed at how love transpires at different phases of life. The memory of my first love certainly played an important role in writing Retrace Love.

Q.8 How long does it take you to write a book?
It took about eight months to write Retrace Love as I have a full-time professional job as well.

Q.9 What were your feelings when your novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
It was an incredible “my dream come true” feeling! A celebrated moment to cherish for a lifetime!

Q.10 In your opinion, what’s the recipe for an irresistible love story?
Every story is a love story! A story is about protagonists and those who surround them, and it should hold the attention throughout the book. An irresistible story is the one - being ordinary yet intimate, preposterous yet captivating, and serene yet resonating. As Tina says in Retrace Love, ‘I am proud that I loved Ray even if it was for a fraction of a second,’ a love story should have a richness of characters.

Q.11 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
My perspective on writing romance novels is different. In my books, I hope to discuss the stigma that Indian men and women face in expressing love and experiencing the desires of heart, body, and soul. My goal is to write books that are complete with love, romance, passion, intimacy, along with an astounding storyline with topics on trust, respect, empathy, and integrity. I would like my novels to convey a ray of hope and soothe an aching heart. As you can see, Tina saying in Retrace Love - ‘the kind of love that brings peace and grace”.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
No, I do not believe in writer’s block. I feel blessed that I can write anytime and anywhere. Thoughts are my words, and people are my stories. I live with my thoughts, and I am surrounded by people!

Q.13 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
As a new author, I try to read my book reviews. Good reviews make any author happy, but I value both good and bad reviews as everyone’s opinion is precious for an author. I wish I could speak to the bad reviewer to convey the true meaning behind a scene or a character!

Q.14 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
My favorite book is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I loved the book as it conveys an intense love coupled with perfect intimacy. In a love story, there should be romance, desire, chemistry, joy, arguments, and pain.

Q.15 How does your family/friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
My family and friends are very proud of my work as a writer. They just can’t wait to read my next novel!

Q.16 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
My plots are based on some real-life events that I come across. I imagine how these events can shape the lives of my characters based on their unique personality and what emotions drive them to act in a certain way. I also think about what would have happened if the events were totally different.

Q.17 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Be bold in expressing your ideas and take time to develop the characters. Don’t let anything or anyone dampen your enthusiasm for what you would like to convey. Believe in yourself and your story!

Q.18 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
While writing about love-making scenes, it is difficult to imagine the feelings of the opposite sex. According to my book reviews about Retrace Love, men loved the passionate and intimate scenes as much as women; hence I feel confident about writing this as well in my next book, You Complete Me.

Q.19 What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing this book?
I was surprised at how well I could bring out the dual-layered storytelling. Readers loved this kind of narration as they could live in the character they liked.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
It has been a very interesting journey from the conception of the idea to the completion. I loved the writing phase the most; revising phase was painful, and promoting phase is the hardest. As a new author, it is indeed very difficult to promote your book! I am hoping that Retrace Love would reach the readers well and beyond as it has an outstanding storyline that does not belong to a particular genre.

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