Sunday, January 17, 2016

On Writing: Adite Banerjie

Today on 'On Writing' we have Adite Banerjie, who writes romances that win over your heart with ease.
Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Her book 'The Indian Tycoon's marriage deal' was first among the harlequin romances by Indian authors that I read. And I absolutely loved it. 

Let us welcome to 'On Writing', Adite Banerjie.

How did writing begin for you? Was becoming an author always your dream or was it a particular event or incident that gave birth to the author in you?

I have always wanted to be a writer. After I finished my graduation, I did a diploma course in journalism. That led to a long and fulfilling career as a journalist. However, novel-writing happened by accident when I shot off a short story for the Harlequin India Aspiring Authors Auditions.  My entry was selected, which later became a full novel, titled The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal.

How important are the names of the characters in your books to you? Do you spend agonizing hours deciding on their names?

I enjoy picking names for my protagonists. I tend to go for names that are easy to remember and pronounce but have something unusual about them.  In The Indian Tycoon… my protagonist’s name is Maya and I chose it because it gelled with her goal of revenge against her enemy. Would it all be an illusion? Or would she get what she wanted?

What is your least favorite part of the publishing/ writing process?

Marketing, without a doubt! Now, with two books out (The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name) and the third one coming up in May 2016—a romantic suspense titled No Safe Zone—I have come to realise that it’s an integral part of the writing business. Sigh!

What is ‘The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal’ all about? How long did it take to complete writing it?

The Indian Tycoon… is about the feisty young Maya whose quest is to bring down the man who destroyed her family. When Krish Dev, the son of her most hated enemy, proposes marriage to her, she agrees. But can she hide the truth from herself—that she is falling in love with Krish? And how will she reconcile her heart’s desire with her need for revenge?

It took me about six months to write the first draft. But it went through several iterations and then the editing process kicked in. So all told, it took about eight months.

Who is your favorite character in the book and why?

I loved creating Maya’s character. She is a strong-willed, independent  young woman who is determined to find justice for the wrongs done to her family. But despite the hardship she has faced in her young life, it has not made her hard and bitter. I hope I have been able to bring out her strength and her vulnerability in a convincing enough manner in the book.

Do share a snippet/ Quote from your book.

‘This marriage would be strictly in name only. Or the deal is off.’
 Krish laughed. The sound waves reverberated inside her, making her feel all warm and fuzzy.
 ‘You mean leave sex out of it?’
 Krish’s dark eyes seemed to pick out her body vibrations even before she could.
  ‘Are you absolutely sure about that?’
  Maya seethed. She wished she could wipe that all-knowing look off his face. If only she didn’t feel this strong surge of attraction for him—but that was her secret to keep…just one of many.
 ‘I’m sure you can find a discreet way of taking care of that side of things for yourself.’
 He clicked his tongue in mock disapproval. ‘You haven’t been paying attention, jaaneman.’
 Maya was back to worrying her lower lip and Krish leaned across the table to run a finger across her mouth.
‘I’ve told you before that I’m a one-woman guy. And I don’t share what’s mine.’
 Her lips tingled at his touch even as his words held out a deep, velvety promise that made her breath catch.
Breathe, Maya, breathe! 
She pulled away and stuttered, ‘I…I mean it…No sex or the deal is off.’

What is your method of writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I have always been a plotter. I tend to outline my stories a great deal before I start writing. But during the course of writing this book and also my second one, I realized that I need to give more space for my characters to grow and be themselves. Perhaps, it makes life more difficult for me as an author but ultimately it does help the overall story and the growth of the characters. 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Initially, I would be devastated by bad reviews and would fret and fume—totally in private—about them. Though the general wisdom is that you should never respond to reviews, good or bad, I normally send a line of appreciation to those who give me a good review. Recently, I read a wonderful quote about reviews which said, “Bad reviews are an author’s battle scars”. And that has resonated big time with me.
What are the three tips you have for readers who are aspiring writers?

1) Read a lot.
2) Write everyday
3) And most importantly, never give up.

Thank you, Adite! It was wonderful chatting with you. All the best for all your future endeavors.

Thank you Preethi for hosting me on your blog. Happy Writing! 

About 'The Indian Tycoon's Marriage deal:

Kindle Edition

Dancing with the enemy
Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome. But is this dazzling beauty really all she seems…?
Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango, it leads to an engagement to Krish—her enemy's son!
Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage…if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!

Read what readers think about it at Goodreads:  
Purchase it Amazon Purchase link

Do buy her book folks. It is a great read.

That is all for now.

Until next post,
Much Love,


  1. Thank you Preethi for having me on your blog. It was fun chatting with you! :)

  2. Glad to have you on 'On Writing' Adite!