We interviewed Summerita Rhayne and got to know about her interesting journey of her being an author. A unique way of sharing her experience in her own words:
I’ve always felt the desire to pen down the stories roaming around in my head. Even when I was too busy with ‘life’ I would jot down story ideas in a dairy. One day I thought of a story in which a person loses his love because he doesn’t take action at the right time.
A sudden thought popped into my mind, ‘Hey, this is me.’ I was also not taking action even though I really wanted to write. From then on I began to concentrate on the art and craft of writing and live my dream. It has proven difficult at times but very fulfilling. Till now I have published five books of which three are self published via Amazon. In total my books have sold more than five thousand copies in three years since I was published.
What inspired you to start writing?
I think being an avid reader played a big part in inspiring me to write. In my college days, I read two books a day. Even as a small child, I read lots of comic books. All that voracious intake of words somehow shaped into the desire to get them down. I wrote short stories and poems in school and received praise and encouragement which strengthened the desire to be a writer.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
After going through Nancy Drew and classics like Little Women and Anne of the Green Gables, I discovered Harlequin romances. For quite some time I read them by heaps. They were interspersed with Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The greatest challenge is finishing a work. One is really enthusiastic at the start but as the story progresses, it begins to pall. It is important to stick to it and save the editing and improvements for later.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I research for the setting and a few details about the regions in which the story is to be located. After I have finished the first draft, I do the research for finer details because then I have an exact idea what I’m looking for.
What motivated you to write the book “Hidden Passion: Kamboj Princess Rukmani (Kamboj Princesses Saga) (Volume 1)” book?
Hidden Passion: Kamboj Princess Rukmani is a historical sensual period romance. It’s set apart from other historicals by the era in which it is placed. It is the story of a headstrong, impetuous princess and a determined, dutiful king. They are attracted to each other yet kept apart by the threat of war.
I was inspired to write this story because of my love of history, especially Indian history. I grew up reading Amar Chitra Kathayein and this book is in part a grown up version of those maharaja tales with a twist.
When is the next volume of the series to be launched?
Hopefully in June. I have finished the first part of it and am in the process of editing the second part. It is titled ‘The Eligible Princess’ and explores the story of Rukmani’s elder sister, Lakshaya.
How did you came up with the idea of writing Emotional romance book?
It wasn’t a conscious decision. It’s just what I write. It is said that build and they will come. I say, write what you love to and people will definitely appreciate it. Besides, romance is an all pervasive genre. It is present in thrillers, fantasy, mystery…you name it. Like you can’t have cake without cream, so romance is impossible without layering of emotion.
Who are your favourite authors?
Georgette Heyer and Agatha Christie.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I don’t have a fixed quota. If I can manage, I write for 4-5 hours straight. If not, then I might skip for 2-3 days. I feel much better when I get some pages down though.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
With Amazon self publishing program, aspiring has lost much of its meaning. However, I would like to say, don’t be in a hurry to publish. First learn the nitty gritty of the craft. Read the genre you like. Write in that genre for some time till you get an idea what your writing style leans towards. Constantly evaluate yourself and get feedback from trusted people. These days it’s also important to maintain a platform so learn about that as well.
Thank you Summerita for you time and all the best for your books! 🙂
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