Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
DJ: This is a global pandemic and we are seeing some unprecedented times. However, as someone with a lot of positivity and hope, I can say that we are going to conquer this. Meanwhile, stay safe, try to create something beautiful every day, take care of yourself, and up-skill for the future.
Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from? What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
DJ: Thank you for having me @LoveRomanceReads. It is really exciting to be featured in your site. My pen name is Dee James and my real name is Aparna. Of course, there are many readers-turned-friends, who call me DJ too 😊. I am from India, and so far, I have authored five books. My next one is coming out in a few days. I predominantly write contemporary romance and rom-com.
And, what makes me, me? Well, am a romance book nerd who prefers to live in the pink bubble rather than boring reality. I live with my husband and son in India; I lovveeeee lipsticks, can’t live without kohls, and am addicted to coffee. All these characteristics somehow creep into my heroines…err…mostly! :D
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
DJ: Like I said, I am a romance nerd – I’ve been reading M&B and other romance for a long time now. Sometimes, I didn’t like the way a particular book shapes, or there have been times when the climax has bothered me. Whenever these happened, I’d simply make an alternate story in my head. That’s when it struck me – why not write these stories that are forming in my mind anyway? Thus, began my first draft 😊.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
DJ: I am working on book 3 of the Love @ Second Sight Series. Second Sight? Yep, you read that right! These are four swoon worthy, amazing, alpha men who have been friends since their childhood. How they meet their partners and fall in love when they meet their women the ‘second’ time forms the crux of each of these books.
Watch out for ‘Wooed by Mr. Charming’ – the story of a playboy billionaire and a sweet, curvy baker – releasing in a couple of days in Amazon Kindle!
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
DJ: I find making the plot and characters real and convincing - be it in the bedroom or outside, the toughest part 😊.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
DJ: I do read a lot about the specific location, jobs that my leads have, or any condition that they might be having, all these and more. Although, I don’t do all the research at the beginning. It happens along the way, as I shape the draft.
What/who do you like to read, and do you have a favorite genre/author?
DJ: I love to read insta love and over-the-top, alpha heroes who snare their women with a single, hot glance 😉. My favorite genres are contemporary romance, chick lit, and rom-com; favorite author is Elizabeth Lennox (it was really tough to choose from my many, many favorites). I simply love all her books with her tall, alphas and her quirky, sweet ladies.
Which of your own books is your favorite?
DJ: My favorite book is ‘Seduced by Mr Perfect’ - When I started writing the first book in this series, I was going through a difficult time personally, and wanted to write something light-hearted and fun. That’s how this story of techie-turned-hot-billionaire Neil and the curvy, nerdy, and adorable Tanya began. I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who’s feeling low and who wants a feelgood book with some spice!
What hobbies do you have?
DJ: I am an IT professional and that’s my full-time job, which doesn’t leave much time for hobbies. But I do love to sing and cook…oh, and hoard lipsticks too (if that’s considered as a hobby :D).
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
DJ: I’d say write consistently and write more. With more practice, we get into the groove faster and the output is that much better. When it comes to Indie authors specifically, I’d say we are the brand – so concentrate on your presence in social and ensure you have a kickass cover that conveys who you are.
City, suburb, or small-town?
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
DJ: Belgian dark chocolate
Romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, or historical?
DJ: Contemporary, any day!
Leather, lace, or silk?
Novels, novellas, or short stories?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
DJ: Against the wall :D
Seduced by Mr. Perfect
February 6, 2019
Contemporary ~ Office Romance
Love, as Tanya Kumar knew, developed over time, with hearts, balloons, and violins. Her Prince Charming was Ritwik, her childhood friend-turned-sweetheart. Enter Neil, her new boss, who broke every one of Tanya's notion about love and happily ever after. If Tanya loved Ritwik, why did her heart race whenever she was with Neil?
Neil Grover, the techie-billionaire, had never met someone like Tanya Kumar in his life. The short, curvy brunette drove him crazy. Their dates were fake, but what about their chemistry? Was that fake too? Will Neil be able to convince Tanya there's more to love than what she envisioned?
More About Dee
Dee James is an Indian, indie author and a book blogger who writes sweet, dreamy, romantic stories. Born and brought up in India, Dee J's books feature a heavy dose of the contemporary Indian scene with drama, angst, and love of course. Dee J loves to read, write, sing, and cook. If she isn't spending time with her son, you can bet she's either reading or writing romance. Apart from happily ever afters, makeup and coffee are her other weaknesses!