September 19, 2012

interview with the author of 'last minute love'

Change the Word: Today, I am pleased to welcome author Romi Moondi to the blog as part of her Chick Lit Plus blog tour. You can read my reviews of Year of the Chick here and Last Minute Love here. With that, let's get right into it. How was writing your second book a different experience than the first in the series?
Romi Moondi: Before I answer, thank you for letting me do a guest post on your blog; it’s been great following your adventures for the last six months and being amused by your tweets!

Okay to answer your question: writing the second book was a difference experience in every way! It was two and a half years since I’d written the first book, and I’d like to think I learned a lot about writing since then (through reading, reading about writing, and having my work ripped to shreds in critique.), which helped me write faster and also smarter. I still love the first book, but I hope the difference shows with the second!

CTW: You wrote a big chunk of this book in a short time, how did you manage that?
RM: This book is inspired by a screenplay I wrote last year, and even though I had to start from scratch in terms of writing a narrative (and connecting the screenplay events to book one), knowing exactly where I wanted to go really helped. That and the thirty Post-It notes on my closet door, which told me what should happen in each chapter.

CTW: What did you do to avoid distractions?
RM: Distractions and in particular the Internet are evil, evil things. I am usually very weak to distracting temptation, but in this case, I took a week off of work with the goal of writing 10,000 words a day for five days. I knew how angry I’d be with myself if I wasted a week’s vacation, so that looming fear really helped me kick distractions to the curb (and I reached my goal!).

CTW: How do you overcome writer's block?
RM: By not having any time for anything ever (haha…sad but true). Seriously, when working full-time, commuting three hours a day, and still wanting to go to the gym from time to time, all the ideas get pent-up in my brain just screaming to get out. So for me it’s not writers’ block that’s the issue, but finding enough time to fill up those pages.

CTW: What was the biggest lesson you have learned from writing the series?
RM: The biggest thing I’ve learned is: you can’t write to please every reader in the world because…well because that’s impossible, but you also can’t stop trying to become a better writer. These two opposing learnings have really opened my eyes to the work that’s involved in being an author, both from an effort perspective, and from a “keeping a positive attitude” perspective. I know now that if a reader just LOVES every word I type for their own subjective reasons, someone else might despise every word for different but equally subjective reasons. This helps me deal with the bad stuff as much as it helps me calm myself towards the super-fantastic great stuff. Don’t get me wrong it’s amazing to have fans who cheer you on, but if I get too comfortable and start basking in the “glory,” I won’t learn how to become a better writer.

CTW: You are a fellow cat owner. How does your cat help or hinder the writing process?
RM: He is always a hindrance, in the following ways: laying across my keyboard, laying across my notes, nuzzling his little head on my arm so I stop to cuddle him, purring really loudly so I stop to cuddle him, whining for food so I stop to feed him…he’s just awful.

CTW: We seem to be in a power struggle for ownership of Ryan Gosling. Why do you think you are more deserving than I am to have him star in the film adaptation of one of your books while falling madly in love with you?

RM: This is how I’ve always viewed the Ryan Gosling thing: he’s a shareable and renewable resource! For example, I do not approve of his ongoing (why hasn’t it ended yet?!) relationship with Eva Mendes, but I know in my heart that no matter how much she takes and takes and takes (my god she’s selfish), Ryan Gosling’s love/sex/magic appeal regenerates the way money grows on trees in my mind. In other words, he may be my co-star/love interest at some point in my illustrious career (ha), but that in no way limits your chances to get in on that too. So go get ‘em tiger!

CTW: What piece of advice would you give aspiring authors?
RM: Never give up. I’m sure writers have heard this a million times, but I’ve never believed it more than now. The agent/publisher process alone would’ve encouraged me to give up, then the endless work involved in putting out a full-length novel…there were many times I could’ve given up. Then of course once the books were published, it was the challenge of trying to get reviews and sales every day. Well three books and almost four thousand sales later, and after eighteen months of being self-published…I may not be a bestseller but I know I was meant to do this. And the common thread through it all was not giving up!

CTW: What is next for your writing career?
RM: My laptop has essentially died, but I’m saving up my money for a Macbook Pro, which I’ll hopefully acquire by late fall. Once I have that and my screenwriting software up and running again, I will adapt Year of the Chick book one into a screenplay. So many readers have told me they could see it as a movie, so why not? No movie studio may ever give it a second look, but never give up, remember? So I’m definitely going to try, since I learned a lot about screenplays in 2011 when I wrote one. Then in 2013…the master plan is to move to Paris for a while and write book three! (I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes via Facebook).

CTW: Is there anything else you would like to share?
RM: I think I’ve already said A TON here (oops! Hope it wasn’t boring!), but I’d like to end by saying I am SO happy opportunities exist to self-publish. I’m happy because in the past year I’ve found my audience, and as it keeps growing it astounds me and amazes me. I support whatever path an author chooses to take, whether it’s agented/traditional or self-published, but me? I am thrilled with the route I chose.

Thanks again for letting me post here Laura!

About the Author
I am Canadian, and here are some strange personal facts:

- I wore denim-top-to-bottom in high school (there is a direct inverse relationship between how much denim I wore and how few tongues were launched down my throat at school dances...or anywhere in high school at all).
- A homeless lady in New York once told me "You're just a bitch on vacation with no money!"
- I always hated those insufferable couples who would cuddle and make out on the subway... until I became half of one. But now I'm back to being none of one so I hate them again.

The thing I love most in the world is writing. When I first started publishing on Amazon it was my "crazy" humour side ("The Book of Awful," and "NOT Love Poems For Real Life"). Since then, everything has focused on my "Year of the Chick" series, because it's the most important thing to me in the world right now. I guess that would tend to happen, when your writing is inspired by real life, including all the satisfaction and risks that come from that.

My Year of the Chick series can be described as "edgy rom-com," which helps me account for the blunt conversations and mortifying family moments in the book ;-). Book 3 in the Year of the Chick series will be written and released in 2013; until then I have some adventures to go on!


Connect with Romi

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RomiMoondi
Twitter: http:///www.twitter.com/romimoondi
Blog: http://romimoondi.wordpress.com


Buy the Book
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Minute-Love-Year-Chick-ebook/dp/B0089IG9BY/ref=la_B005W65KWK_1_3_title_0_main?ie=UTF8&qid=1347224655&sr=1-3 
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/last-minute-love-romi-moondi/1111816576?ean=2940033288311
(Also available for Kobo and iTunes!)
Additional note: Year of the Chick", which is book one in the series, is available for free at all e-tailers!


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