When Raj , a common Indian man whose background was traditional and religious falls in love with Bella living in USA through Facebook., being innocent and crazy in love, he went for an american job visa against his parents wishes selling his ancestral land to meet her love and propose her for marriage but there was to lot to prove that whether his love for her was real or was it just plain lust?
This is a quick read novella and would be suitable for readers who enjoy whirlwind romances that are unpredictable. Erotic, highly emotional and sensitive, A Lovely Paradox is a novella which will surprise you, and will make you deeply move with a twist that no one expected in the end!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My full name is MahirajsinhYogeshchandrasinh Jadeja but I go with my pen name Mahiraj Jadeja. I am from Rajkot, Gujarat, India. I have done Bachelor in Commerce but shifted my life in different direction or life shifted itself in different direction. My first book is “A Lover’s Will” published in 2016 followed by my other works. I am mostly interested in romance, singing and religion/spirituality.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing I am probably daydreaming, watching movies, doing freelancing jobs or investing in stocks and try to take care of myself and others.
Do you have a day job as well?
I don’t have a full time job but I said I do freelancing in couple of website and invest in stocks however I don’t have a fixed source of income guaranteed.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Merchant in Venice and Wuthering Heights were my favourite book as a child.
When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
This interview, I guess.
What book do you wish you had written?
There is no such book; I don’t like to mess up with someone else’s original work.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
10 years….I can’t see even 10 seconds, Death can come anytime but if I imagine I think I would have done all the things one’s need to do in life in 10 years, I see myself in a better position in every dimension of life by 10 years.
When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing in 2016 when I was in my last year of college and I finished it the same year when my college life ended.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
We don’t choose the genre the genre is already chosen, Deep inside the genre is already there inside me. I use my emotion to come out in words.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas either from my past experience or my future imagination. It is same with everyone. Be it any ideas or thought it always come from past experience or future imagination cause the mind dies in present state, the present state is like death, mind can’t function in pure present state.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Are you a planner or a pantser?
I have done both but I prefer pantser.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
No because influence always result in fake carbon copies. Never get influenced, be original.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Yes big publisher refused my work and small publishers asked for money so finance was the challenge for my first work but the rest of my books I self-published so that challenge was gone thankful to Amazon kdp.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Yes, I would have published my first book with the experience that I have now. I would have been more professional and refined I guess but again it is same with everyone with experience you don’t repeat mistakes so it was all necessary for me to grow.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
No but there are two of my works that I have to re edit that is “A Lovely Paradox” and “Love Zindabad not jihad” due to social, religious and political issues. We live in a sick society which is full of hypocrisy, parents, media, teachers, religious heads; politicians have their own vested interest to work as a team to suppress the truth. But no need to be serious, enjoy life!
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I don’t market my book in my geographical area because of the same hypocrisy. I give you an example my first book was a collection of romantic poems, I went to my school or college and they saw the cover and read couple of pages and declined to accept my book as a gift to the library thinking their image and reputation will be compromised in the society however the students of the same school or college watch porn in their smart phones but that is fine, again no need to be serious. My focus is always and will be on US, UK and Canada book reviewers because I don’t have to fake there. I got success from outside and slowly it results in acceptance here in India automatically.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I have written enough of fiction but my upcoming book will be Non-fiction and it will be a good one, that’s all I can say.
Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?
A mix of both but I feel the character I write, it can be sensitive topics. For example there is always a Woman in my book, every book from romance to spirituality; there is a woman in lead, so any repressed emotion, tragedy or comedy is bound to come out whether you accept or not.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The ending part or chapter is my favourite part to write because that’s the whole point of writing a beginning in the first place.
How did you come up with the title?
The source of the book or theme, its existence itself informs the mind about the title.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Yes that I have already said in an indirect way already in this interview.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Money is important and don’t overthink.
What does your protagonist think about you?
Ha...Ha...the protagonist would be thinking...This guy is all messed and screwed up.
Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, his creator?
Yes, the creator and creation hanging out, sound’s great.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
You are wasting your life; deep inside you know it so quit it.
What has been the best compliment?
Emotion expressed through words is one of best compliment I remember given by a reviewer of my book.
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
The character of “Mahira” from my Love Zindabad not jihad speaks loudest to me and yes she does clamour to be heard over the others.
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would your characters order? Simple coffee or some complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?
None my characters drink coffee they prefer tea. Green Tea complicated.
What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not?Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
No music, I use pen and paper and pc at the same time.
Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than other? Racy? Love?Action?
It is harder to write intimate love scene because I have no experience in that so I have to imagine a lot.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you and it is going to be better.
Is there one subject you would never write about? What is it?
There is no such subject like that.
Do you have any strange writing habits? Like writing in the shower?
If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation – who would you choose for which character?
I would choose Kate Winslet for the role of Mahira from my book “Love Zindabad not jihad”
How important are the names in your book?
Very important cause those names will remain in the memory of the readers.
Did you choose them based on how they sounded or looked, or was it completely random?
Completely random for “A Lovely Paradox” while I used specific names for “Love Zindabad not jihad” cause it was more of a realistic fiction.
Do you have any name choosing resources you would recommend?
I don’t have a name choosing resources, I prefer to do that on my own however a Google search is always there but I don’t recommend it.
Do you read your reviews?
Yes, every one of them.
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
I only respond to the good ones to create a personal positive vibe.
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Accept healthy criticism example grammar or typo issues, character or plot development issues however if someone rates your book less 2 or less stars avoid reading it.
What is your best marketing tip?
Send your work to interested reviewers free in return of an honest review.
What is your least favourite part of the writing or publishing process?
The proofreading part is my least favourite part.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Raj dishonoured his family by going to America to chase a woman he has fallen in love with. Will he get his happily ever after?
First off, let me say yes, I know it says it's an erotic book. It really is. It certainly made me blush in parts, as well as wanting to say aww bless as he is so innocent. It just proves how different cultures work.
I read it as if Raj was talking, as that's how it seems to be written. Not sure if it was intentional but it works. It's not a story that I would read again but I enjoyed it.
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
Mahiraj Jadeja is a freelancer, Poet and a Visionary from Rajkot, Gujarat, India. Having studied commerce he entered into field of writing starting a journey towards Arts and Spirituality which are his passion. His two books “A Lover’s Will” and “Love Forever” which were beautiful collection of contemporary romance poems of which he got beautiful reception from readers worldwide. This motivated him to write something on Love which connects Indian conspiracy theory of Love Jihad. The author writes to showcase reality to the world that “who are us” really? He invokes people to start a journey flowing inwards balancing materialism and spiritualism as for the author balance is very important from the small matters to the infinite universe.