Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blog Tour: Guest Post by Shobhan Bantwal



As part of the blog tour for The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal, the author has decided to stop by today at Jo-Jo Loves to read with a guest post!  If you missed my review yesterday you can view it here.


So here is what Shobhan wants to share with us today:

Creating a Unique World

By Shobhan Bantwal
When a writer begins to write a novel, she is not only weaving a story but she is also creating an entire world where her characters live and work, love and hate, give and take.

They say there are a finite number of storylines in the entire universe. How those stories are crafted and told to the readers, the author’s voice in other words, is what makes it different and unusual. However, a very large element in fiction writing, besides crafting the characters, is the creation of the special world that surrounds them. Whether the genre is suspense, sci-fi, paranormal, contemporary, historical, or fantasy, the backdrop can make the difference between an ordinary novel and an outstanding one.

In every one of my books, I try to create a background that introduces the reader to the scents, flavors, textures, and colors of my ethnic Indian background. Saris and cholis, lehangas and sadras are some of the clothing my characters wear. Curries, dals, raitas, kormas, and chapaties are interesting foods they eat.  If I do not introduce such unique elements then my books would not stand out as a different variety of fiction.

In my latest book, THE SARI SHOP WIDOW, I have offered the reader a glimpse into the Indian-American fashion industry. Set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey’s Little India, a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love, family, and her traditional roots as she fights to save her sari boutique.

New Jersey’s Little India is an interesting little slice of India in the heart of suburban America, and this is the slice I have chosen as the world in which my story is set, a world of sari shops, Indian restaurants, ethnic cafes, jewelry boutiques, music shops, and video stores.

THE SARI SHOP WIDOW is available at all U.S. and Canadian bookstores and online booksellers.
To contact me or learn more about my books, author events, book trailer video, recipes, short stories, and sign up for my newsletter, visit my website www.shobhanbantwal.com.

Thank you for hosting me on “Jo-Jo Loves to Read.”

Shobhan Bantwal


Thanks for stopping by today Shobhan!  As you could probably tell from my review, one of the favorite things about this book was being able to visualize the sights and tastes of the Indian culture.  Thanks so much for sharing about why you enjoy implementing these elements into your novels. I want to give a special thank you once again to both Jamie and Dorothy from Pump Up Your Book Promotion for allowing me to participate in this virtual tour. I truly wish you the best with your future endeavors and also that the remainder of this tour is a success.

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Diane said...

Jo Jo...the author post was terrific. As I mentioned I did enjoy this book.

Blodeuedd said...

Great post, the book sounds so lovely. I would like to experience it too

Janel said...

I love getting lost in the setting of a story. There have been many times that I've wanted to visit a fictional place I read about!

Amy said...

Jo-Jo thank you for having Shoban Bantwal post about her book The Sari Shop Window in your blog. I love what she had to say about writing. I'm not sure if there is a finite number of storylines but it's absolutely true that it's up to the author to adds his/her own details that make the story and the characters unique to that author. I didn't know what this book was about but now that I know it's about the Indian-American fashion industry I'm very interested as I love fashion and the fabrics in Indian fashions are just beautiful.

I'm looking forward to reading this book!

bermudaonion said...

Thanks for this great guest post! I'm really looking forward to reading this book.

Veens said...

Oh That's so true, I really like reading about the places where the characters live, what they eat and everything! It is interesting to live in there world too!

great guest post!

Off to read your review!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

What a great post Ms. Bantwal wrote. She gave us a little peak into how she works and I love the sample of her writing. I'm very interested in reading this book now.

Serena said...

I love when a fictional world can just consumer you...like you are right there with the character

stacybuckeye said...

Great guest post! I am really looking forward to reading this.

Esme said...

I love the cover of this book

Jenny Girl said...

That's exactly why I want to read this book...to learn and read about Indian culture. It is very intersting to me.
Excellent guest post. I love being immersed in another culture.

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