Hello Jazz, thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to me.
Thank you, Aniesha. It’s very kind of you and BUZZ magazine to want to feature me. I enjoyed our chat the other day.
First things first: how did you take up writing?
A friend called and told me a start-up e publisher was looking for writers to write desiromances. Once I started, I couldn’t seem to stop.
What was your very first attempt at creative writing?
I’d attempted a Mills & Boon type of romance hand written in a lined notebook. I took a creative writing course when I was in between jobs at some point, where we’d be given a topic and so I wrote a bunch of short stories.
Where did you get the ideas for your stories?
The ideas are everywhere. Romance is timeless and everyone has a story. I think of two people doing different things and see how I can get them to meet and interact.
What in particular gave you the idea for Only a Dream?
The central idea in this one is betrayal.
And what about the other two stories, Against all Odds and Sunshine Girl?
Against all Odds has class divide at its heart. Sunshine girl is about an orphan. This is how most of my stories start. There’s often just a single thought or idea and as in these mentioned, a single word. I build the story around a central theme.
Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?
When I come home from work and finish dinner is usually when I write or at least try to. Some days are a total washout. Facebook *&^%!
A lot of authors are taking the indie publishing route. What’s your view about it?
I’m all for it. I’ve published three: Sunshine Girl along with Zeenat Mahal in a two-in-one book called Twice upon a Time; Irresistibly Yours and A Tangled Legacy. Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) makes it easy for writers to self publish. There’s complete transparency. Amazon sends you a sales report every month which lists details of purchase as well as the number of pages read through the Kindle Unlimited program and the royalty gets credited directly to your account that’s linked to the book.
What sparked the idea for Irresistibly Yours – your self-published novel?
We are used to the idea of arranged marriage in our country. Two people can be open to the idea and go along with their parents’ choice. But what happens if one in the couple falls in love with someone else? That’s what Irresistibly Yours is about.
If any of your stories got turned into a movie, which would it be and who would you like to see star as leads?
Itne bhi khwab na dikhao. We’ll cross that bridge if we ever come to it 🙂
What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?
See, I’m writing all the time. Currently, I’m working on two, both of which are near completion and yet there are so many details that are proving difficult to smoothen out. One of these is Untangled, the sequel to A Tangled Legacy. It’s about the other characters in ATL, about the older people in the story.
Do you have any particular authors who inspire your work?
I read a fair amount and love many authors, but I’m not sure how to answer that. I guess all those I’ve read and enjoyed have in some way brought me to this point where I’m writing stories.
What would your advice be to aspiring authors?
This is a question best answered by the experts, the stalwarts, the famous authors. For what it’s worth, I’d say, read because that broadens your perspective, and write the story that is inside you waiting to be told.
What would be an ideal gift for you?
Lots of readers who love my work.
What’s next for you? And when will the next Jazz Singh book be available in the market?
I’m hoping it will be Untangled. It should be out there just as soon as my beta readers stop finding gaps in the story.
Thank you once again for talking to BUZZ Magazine. We wish you all the best with your current work and future works. 🙂
Jazz Singh is a journalist by day and a closet writer by night. She loves black filter coffee, whisky sour, galouti kebabs, reading, watching movies and walking in the mountains. Just a few of her favourite things. More than anything else, she loves writing romance.