"If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster." --Isaac Asimov

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Changes at the buffet

Ever since e-book subscription services debuted, I suspected that they would not be financially sustainable for long. Last month, Amazon confirmed this suspicion when they changed the payout terms for Kindle Unlimited. Yesterday, Scribd announced it was dropping most romance and erotica titles from its catalog. Apparently, these readers are the equivalent of Homer Simpson at an all-you-can-eat buffet.



I'm sure that Oyster and other services will follow suit, making changes either to their fees, payment system, or content. Regardless of what happens, these moves also conform what most of us have known for a while: the most popular genres, by an overwhelming margin, are romance and erotica.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Interview for Live Encounters magazine

I was recently interviewed by Natalie Irene Wood for Live Encounters magazine. It's probably my most in-depth interview to date.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Gateway of India (Book Two) now available

Gateway of India (Book Two) is now available for Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and more.

The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark.

This collection of four linked short stories provides a gateway into the lives of the residents of Chughani Manor, a building in an affluent Bombay neighborhood. A retired cricketer gains a young protégé who helps him make an important choice. A research director reflects on how his childhood experiences influenced his career. A resident befriends an ayurvedic practitioner whose fame spreads throughout the neighborhood. Slum redevelopment efforts bring new meaning to a couple dealing with their empty nest. This second book in the series provides snapshots that capture a different side of India’s most cosmopolitan city.




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gateway of India (Book Two): Release date

If all goes well, Gateway of India (Book Two) will be available a week from today: Tuesday, June 2. The book continues the series, containing four linked stories. This time, the e-book will be available on Amazon as well as other major publishing channels.

Here's a preview of the cover:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Progress!

The workshop of my imagination is littered with partially used tubes of caulk, dried out yet hoping to be reused but ultimately destined for the trash.

On the bright side, I'm finally making progress with Gateway of India, Book Two. I have rough drafts of four stories and am now starting the cycle of rewriting/revising/editing. I'm hoping for a release date early next month.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Please help me fight animal abuse in China

This month (March), I’ll be donating all proceeds from the sales of my books to the Humane Society International fund to end dog meat trade. The biggest effort is focused on Yulin, China. Every year, on the summer solstice, this city engages in a barbaric “festival” that includes torturing, killing, and eating dogs and cats.

I won’t include any links because the content is very disturbing and contains graphic images. However, Google “Yulin 2015” or check the ‪#‎StopYulin2015‬ hashtag on Twitter if you want to find out more.

How can you help?

  1. Spread awareness by sharing and tweeting this information.
  2. Donate to the Humane Society International.
  3. I don’t have much faith in online petitions, but you can sign one at change.org (search for Yulin 2015). It requires little effort and no cost.

Thank you.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Book review: 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, by Chetan Bhagat

2 States: The Story of My Marriage2 States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I’ve been intrigued by Chetan Bhagat’s success for some time and decided I should study his work to see what makes him tick. I was lucky to get a copy of 2 States from a Goodreads member, because most of his books are not widely available here in the US.

Bhagat is clearly aiming for a mass-market novel—a light, easy read—and he does a good job in that respect. He writes in Indian English, appropriate for his characters, which probably makes the book more relatable to the millions of Indian readers who speak English as a second language. I didn’t like the way dialogue tags were handled and many of them were simply unnecessary, but that’s probably more the editor’s fault than the author’s. 2 States doesn’t make any pretenses at being literary, and that’s okay. In fact, Bhagat reveals his disdain for literary fiction when Krish says (describing the smells of food cooking), “If this was one of those prize-winning Indian novels, I’d spend two pages on how wonderful those smells were.”

I didn’t particularly like the ending, which seemed too simplistic and contrived. However, romance novels are supposed to have HEA endings, and I can understand why Bhagat wrote one. Overall, I liked this book more than I thought I would.


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