Guest Post/Giveaway: Duty and Desire by Anju Gattani

Shades of Writing

Guest Post by Anju Gattani

Have you wondered about the different shades of writing?

I have.

I’m not talking about the genre, world building or dark characters with evil intentions.  I’m not talking about good characters with dark complexions or even hidden talents or a character’s hidden layers (like the skin of an onion) or layers and layers of plot… I could go on.

I’m talking about the readership – the people who read your work.

Having lived and worked as an international freelance journalist in Hong Kong, India, Singapore and US I learned a lot.  The art of writing is one thing… whether it’s fiction, feature, travel, news or a column – yes, I’ve done them all.

But catering your writing to a specific audience is a different ball game altogether.  That’s marketing your writing.

When I freelanced for magazines in India the feedback I received was that my writing style was dynamic but too ‘western’ in its approach.  I was told to slow down, not pack in so much punch in one paragraph because readers were turning the pages to get away from their hectic lifestyle.  Reading a women’s magazine was supposed to be a leisure activity for women… not the other way round.

When I wrote for magazines in Singapore the feedback I received for 1 article in particular was that it would have to be re-written – the whole thing!  This time it wasn’t a question of writing style.  The assigned article had created some conflict.  The topic was In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and the local government would not accept the truth about how hard IVF really was for a woman to go through on an emotional, physical and mental level.  The government was trying to promote IVF as a solution to a problem and here I was doing the reverse.

In the US I learned that I had to learn how to write (all over again) if I wanted to write a fiction novel.  Writing the novel requires a certain caliber.  Writing a fiction novel requires heart, soul, blood and courage.  You have to have a focus and perspective and some idea of where you’re going.  You need the skill to say more with less.  Less is more.  With the beginning of my debut novel DUTY AND DESIRE, I flipped through books on novel writing and all the pros had to say the same thing.  Get the story down first.  If you don’t have a story on the page, you’ll have nothing to work with later.

I learned through writing the fiction novel, every word counts.  Actions and reactions have to be in a logical sequence and people have to behave… well… like… people.  I learned that good writing and real writing is in actual fact REAL WRITING and much, much more…

So, here’s to DUTY AND DESIRE which has been re-written 25+ times – the rewrites that I can count.   Here’s to all the readers who I hope will enjoy the read as much as I loved the rewrites.  You see, I learned through each and every rewrite some hidden character layer and some hidden plot to the story.  But more than that – I learned how to write a good story.  I learned how to touch a person’s heart with words.  I learned how to shade my writing to color the lives of those who turn the page and give DUTY AND DESIRE a chance.

Just one chance!

Duty and Desire (Wind of Fire #1) by Anju Gattani

Genre: Family Saga

Publisher: Greenbrier Book Co.

You can purchase Duty and Desire as an ebook or paperback from AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, or Books A Million.  More reviews available on Goodreads.


How Can Happiness Survive When Duty Clashes With Desire?

Sheetal Prasad has it all: youth, beauty, wealth and education. But when this modern Indian woman surrenders love for honor and marries into India’s most glamorous ‘royal family’, these very advantages turn against her and she is stripped of her freedom.

Meet the Dhanrajs — a powerful family bound together by a web of lies where infidelity, greed, secrets and hidden identities lurk beneath the lush tapestry. The Dhanrajs have plenty to hide and will do what it takes to mask the truth from the world.

As Sheetal peels back the layers of deceit, she confronts a haunting reality and is threatened by the blazes of passion she ignites.


CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway.  You could win one of 10 SWAG Packs! (A golden, silk wedding invitation, inviting reader to the fictitious wedding of Sheetal and Sanjeet Dhanraj in DUTY AND DESIRE. A post card of the cover of DUTY AND DESIRE & matching bookmark.)

About the Author:

(Image borrowed from author’s website.)

Anju was born in India but grew up in Hong Kong. Her Indian upbringing and British education worked together to strongly influence her writing.

Anju’s fiction explores how the distinct mindsets and traditions of different cultures permanently shape people’s values, thinking, and behavior patterns—for both good and evil—despite the “leveling” effects of 21st century communications and travel.

Anju earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature in India and a teaching degree in the United Kingdom. She has also studied creative writing.

Anju has lived in Singapore, Australia, India, New Jersey and Connecticut. She now makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two kids. Anju is a columnist for a multicultural magazine in the USA. She is also an avid guest blogger, who loves to share her experiences in health and fitness, food, self-empowerment and great fiction reads.

Duty and Desire is her first novel.

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