Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Adite Banerjie to day 3 of our anniversary celebration. Adite, will you share a short bio with us?
Adite: Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable she would fall in love with both films and books.
She turned to fiction writing after a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist. When she penned her first romantic short story, she won the Harlequin India Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012). Her debut title, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story, was released worldwide by Harlequin E in June 2014. Her second title (Trouble Has a New Name) releases in India in July 2014.
Adite lives in New Delhi, India, with her writer husband, her mom and their adorable Irish Setter.
She can be found online at:
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Adite: I have been an avid reader of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. I’m also a movie buff, especially the Bollywood variety, with its song and dance routines and great sweeping romantic sagas. So, when I decided to write my first romance story I wanted it to have the elements of both an M&B and a Bollywood film. And it really wasn’t difficult to work out a plot and the main characters. The business of actually putting the words down was much more difficult!
She scanned the Ballroom looking for her quarry and couldn’t help notice that the choice of floral decoration was the exquisite lavender rose. A sharp pang twisted through her, reminding her of Papa, who had perfected the art of growing these beautiful, exotic flowers. She reached out to touch a delicate petal. The presence of Papa’s special flower was like a good omen; as if he was watching over her. She felt lucky tonight.
“Beautiful!” drawled a deep, gravelly voice.
Maya’s eyes darted towards the man standing a couple of feet away from her. Awareness zinged through her as her eyes clashed with a pair of dark, dancing eyes set in a face that was all sharp angles, framed by thick cropped hair. It should have made for an all too severe effect but for the deep cleft that dented his chin. His lopsided sexy smile had her pulse doing a crazy dance. He left her in no doubt that she was the object of his appraisal.
Flustered, she dragged her eyes away from his sexy cleft chin and tried to gather her scattered wits. “It’s a shame to present such beauty with so little imagination.”
“You would have done it differently?”
She stole a quick look at him. The light stubble only accentuated his chiselled jaw while his cream-coloured silk shirt parted ever so slightly to reveal a superbly toned body.
“Maybe,” she replied, annoyed at herself for being so easily waylaid by his sex appeal which he no doubt regularly used with deadly precision on women at parties like these.
“You’re right.” He turned his mesmerising dark eyes on her again. “Exotic beauties need to be treated with more delicacy and…” He gave her a slow look-over, “imagination.” Her body thrummed with awareness.
He smiled knowingly, almost as if he’d felt her instinctive jolt of reaction, and held out his hand, “I am Krish.”
“It will be a pleasure to get to know you,” he murmured almost to himself, as he turned the handshake into something less formal, more intimate, touching his lips to her fingers. Maya felt the tremor of awareness go up a notch higher on her internal Richter scale.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Adite: My husband is a writer. While he mostly writes about non-fiction, he is also penning his first novel.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Adite: While working on this book I virtually turned into an expert on growing roses. No kidding! My heroine is a landscape designer and she is into lavender roses. It was inevitable I should read up on roses and gardening. But then I love research and someday perhaps, if I decide to switch careers, it might come in handy! Just kidding!
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Adite: I love Maya, the heroine, who is a feisty, independent girl who knows her mind. She knows what she wants in life and she goes after it, never mind the hurdles.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Adite: My father. He was an inveterate storyteller and he’d make up stories at the drop of a hat. I guess I imbibed his love for stories which inspired me to become a writer.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Adite: When I got my first contract with Harlequin, my hubby popped a bottle of champagne. It was a private celebration and totally unplanned and I loved every moment of it.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Adite: I love to read, watch movies and play with my Irish Setter.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Adite: My second book, Trouble Has A New Name, releases in India in July 2014. I am also writing two more books for Harlequin and one of them is a romantic-suspense.