Living in a book world is living the dream (or nightmare, depending on the book you pick). A book world comes alive in a writer’s imagination, and is given form in the pages of a book–the book world could be real or fantastic, could be scifi or dystopian, and everything in between.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group question for this month is : If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?
To be honest, right now, I’d give eye-teeth to be in the book world of The Blue Bar: its nexus of crime and corruption, its balance of spicy fare and gritty crime, and its charcaters who grow and develop in the as-yet-unnamed sequel.
I’ve scribbled out the first draft of the sequel, and must start work on the next. If only I were a police inspector at one of Mumbai’s dozens of police stations, or a cult leader, or an expert on caste dynamics in India, this would go so much better. I had all the time in the world to write The Blue Bar, but to write the sequel I had exactly one year, a lot of which is already gone.
So yes, the book world of Mumbai–the place where people who have read The Blue Bar automatically assume I was born in. Not true. I’ve lived there for a spell, steeped myself in research and created that book world. I hope I can do the same for the sequel.
In the meanwhile, early reviews of The Blue Bar have trickled in, and they’ve been encouraging. If you have the time and enthusiasm, you can scroll below for links to pre-order or click here.
Today is the first Wednesday of the month post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
Founded by the Ninja Cap’n Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share their fears and insecurities without being judged. This is a wonderful group–if you aren’t a part of it, I urge you to join in!
What book world would you rather live in? Is it a book you read, or one you wrote? I’d love me some book recommendations!
My own crime novel, The Blue Bar will be out this October with Thomas & Mercer. It is already available for preorders. Add it to Goodreads or pre-order it to make my day.
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