“I love playing God here but also feel like a benevolent mother”- Rubina Ramesh
Today for our guest post we have the Fiction Queen, Rubina Ramesh. A
Your recent book, DESTINED, is about daughter’s dilemma after marriage about can she really help her ailing father? A woman always has to make a choice but if she is strong she can make a better one. We would love to know if you would ever write women fiction?
I don’t know if I could ever write women fiction, Paromita. Or for that matter any particular genre.
I find the word ‘genre’ very restrictive. Like those white picket fences that have been studded around my thought process curtailing that desire in me that needs to fly in every direction. I think of two characters that are going to fall in love. The circumstances that lead them on this path, the hurdles they have to overcome and the chemistry between the two of them – after that if my book becomes a drama, a women fiction, paranormal thriller or a Mills and Boon kind of romance, I don’t force my thoughts in any direction.
I understand that this is not an ideal way of writing and often I’m at a crossroad thinking which path to take. Should one of them die or should the supernatural intervene? Most of the time I feel we have not researched enough to understand what are the subsects of a genre. Inter-genre, cross-genre or simply just letting the protagonists decide on their own. I love playing God here but also feel like a benevolent mother, whose kids are given too much freedom.
To me choosing the indie path was about breaking all the chains a writer is put into. Catering to the needs of the readers, that of an editor, that the marketability of my book – so many restrictions and ultimately one has to write a book one can understand and relate too. Why can’t my hero fall in love, be the alpha hero and yet be the strongest supporter of my heroine? And vice versa?
I hope this answers your question and I do hope that I have a ‘yes’ one day in the future for your question. Love you tons.
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