The Next Big THING Blog Hop

Happy New Year to one and all!!!!

I hope you bid 2012 goodbye with heartfelt thanks and brought in the New Year with pomp and joy.  Let’s work towards meeting our resolutions at least this year 😉 and make the best of 2013.

With my first blog post of the year, I would also like to welcome you to my first BLOG HOP. 🙂

Let me extend my thanks to Mel, I mean M. S. Fowle, for inviting me to be part of this Next Big THING Blog Hop. For those of you who do not know her — Mel is a very talented woman. She is an indie author who has many books to her credit, all available on Amazon, including Nora’s Sun, a short story, that has received great reviews.  Her latest work – The Sire, is scheduled for release this month. So watch out for more details to be posted soon.

Mel is also a fantastic digital artist and excels in creating eBook covers. So if you need one for your book, then you should go and check her site now! Connect with her through these links —

Author Site –

Facebook –

Twitter – or @ms_fowle

Amazon –

Goodreads –


Now, to answer the questions that are an essential part of this Blog Hop. Since my forthcoming work is still in a nascent stage therefore I felt that I should write about Missing Mandy instead, which will complete a year of publication this January. So hurrah for that 🙂

(1) What is the working title of your book?

Missing Mandy

(2) Where did the idea for this book come from?

It may seem a bit silly, but the idea for this book came from a dream I had–of a shack by a black lake, mesmerizing moonlight and the ghost of a young girl. I don’t know why; maybe it was an after thought of some movie that I had been watching earlier or a book I had read but the idea kind of stuck and when I decided to write my book, it seemed as right to develop on it. Of course, the final product does have some of these elements, but nowhere resembles the dream.

(3) What genre does your book come under?

Missing Mandy is a short story with elements of crime, mystery, romance and paranormal in it. Though there is no single genre under which you can categorize it, I personally feel that Paranormal Thriller defines it best.

(4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh.. this is a tough one.

As Danny, probably Abhay Deol. He has this guy-next-door look and is intense and yet charming. Very likeable. He would be ideal to portray Danny.

Photo Courtesy Google Images


As Mandy, Asin Thottumkal. Beautiful and very talented.

Photo Courtesy Google Images


(5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Haunted by apparitions, nightmares and strange noises in the basement of his house, would Danny ever be able to solve this mystery?

(6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

My book is self-published.

(7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started the book sometime in April/ May 2011. The first draft was ready within three months but I spent the rest of the year in improving it and finally published it in Jan 2012.

(8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Actually I not really sure if there is a book with a similar story in this genre (or at least I would like to think so). There are many non-fiction books  that do refer to the whole out-of-body-experience. There are equally many in the fantasy and paranormal genre that talk of the transformation of the soul through magic and teleporting, etc.,  but I don’t think that there is a work of fiction that gives the whole out-of-body-experience such a treatment. Of course, I may be entirely wrong about this as there are millions of books out there. 🙂

(9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My Mom. As she is the one who encouraged me and pushed me to complete this book and publish it.

(10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My book, Missing Mandy, is about the desire to survive against all odd. It’s about belief in God, about trust and hope and reaching out to those in trouble. It’s about being human. It is a short story and as other’s have said pretty refreshing.


Unfortunately, I was unable to find authors who could take part in this blog hop. So there’s no usual list of 5 authors. If you would like to be part of this then do let me know. I will post your name here and will email the other details to you.

However , not to miss out on this opportunity, I do have some suggestions for you. The below mentioned are some other promising authors whom I follow and whose blog you can check out here:

T. W. Dittmer

–  Paula Acton

Teri Harvey

Jason Alan

Have a great year ahead! 🙂 😀



Oh Wow! I am an inspiring blogger!


I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first read my name listed along with that of 6 prolific bloggers. I stared at my own name for a good 10 seconds, before it really sank in. Then I got up and did a little jig. Wow! I am an inspiring blogger! How cool is that?

Like a kid I called out to my mother, to give her the good news. Like any other mother on the planet, she was proud; off course without any idea of what I write. But that’s ok. It’s an awesome feeling to think that someone out there finds your thoughts and your written word inspiring. And I would like to thank M. S. Fowle for the honor. She is a young mother, who manages to juggle her home and her work with élan. I have recently read and reviewed a short story “Nora’s Sun” written by her and I have to say she is a fantastic writer.

I further would like to nominate 7 fellow bloggers who share their thoughts and continue to inspire me to not only be a better person but also a better writer. Kudos to you all!

1. M.S. Fowle – She writes simple yet interesting blogs. Winner of the Versatile Blogger Award, she keeps you hooked and makes you keep coming back for more.

2. easyondeyes – Sharmistha and Sapna give some very straight and honest book reviews – which never let you down. Their interesting, engaging and off course hilarious blog posts are fun to follow.

3. poetryofamadmanfor sharing some amazing pictures and how can you even miss his poems. Very inspiring.

4. margieinitaly – A freelance writer and photographer, Margie manages to capture some beautiful glimpses of Italy. She inspires as she brings a little piece of Italy for everyone in each of her posts. I just love her pics – she has a really good eye.

5.  Paula Acton – A mother, a writer, while juggling through multiple tasks in her ever busy life, she still takes time out to share her thoughts, memories and inspirations alike.

6. Diy+fyi creatively created – Christine is really talented, making some beautiful pieces of art and craft. She shares some of her awesome creations which always remind me of the stuff that my sister and I used to make as kids for our friends and family. Love her work.

7. T.W. Dittmer – He is a self publishing author and writes some really soul searching blog posts that make you stop and think. He is always encouraging others.

And here’s some stuff about me:

– I am crazy about movies and can sit through hours of screening both in theatres and at home.

– I find it difficult to go through hardcore romance stories and haven’t read even some of the best ones out there. (eg ‘Gone with the Wind’)

– I am an average driver. And I hate parallel parking.

– I tend to chew my lips when I am nervous. (yeah … I go crazy with each review of my book)

– My nose is huge and I try to avoid getting clicked in poses that tend to accentuate it.

– I am guilty of being late in reviewing several books shared by some really talented writers out there. I have promised myself to finish them in the coming months. <<fingers-crossed>>

– I have a good collection of nail paint and I keep changing my nail color every week.

Big thanks to everyone out there for sharing a piece of their life everyday and inspiring me to work hard and keep striving for excellence.

Love to all.

🙂 Keep Smiling!!!


Rules of the award:
1.) Thank the person who gave you the award with a link to their blog.
2.) Tell them 7 things about yourself.
3.) Nominate 7 other blogs for the award.