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Nillu Nasser Talks about the Writing of “All the Tomorrows”

We are pleased that author Nillu Nasser has stopped by to offer some insights on the writing of her new book, All the Tomorrows, which officially releases on Monday, November 6, 2017. And if you needed any more reason to be excited about this amazing book, just click on the picture below to see what 3 separate reviewers have said about it:

Without further ado, we turn this over to Nillu.

 

How I researched All the Tomorrows

by Nillu Nasser

 
Committing to a story idea is a funny thing, at least for me. It’s a decision that is made half with the heart, half with the head. My debut novel grew from an image I just couldn’t shake: a filthy, older, Indian man, pressed up against a window. That image refused to leave me for weeks, and my imagination began building on it. That’s when I know a story is worth investing in.

By the time I began writing the book in earnest, I knew the central character was a homeless man with a long lost love, and that he lived somewhere humid. Writing a novel, especially your first one, can be a daunting task. I had a hero, and the beginnings of a setting, but I decided to draw on my own experience rather than researching a setting from scratch.

I’m of Indian heritage, and so India seemed a sensible choice, and I loved the opportunities the setting brought to the story: the colour, the food and traditions. I knew my hero belonged here. That’s how All the Tomorrows was born, a story about second chances that unravels amongst the dust and grime of the Mumbai’s streets and behind the gates of opulent houses.

Still, there were gaps in my knowledge. I am at one Indian, and removed from India. My grandparents were born there, but I was born in the UK. My family traditions are rooted in both India and East Africa, with a splash of Britain thrown in. I have visited India twice, once as a child and once in my early twenties. My recollections are broad brush strokes: the smell of street food, the sticky heat, the palaces in Jaipur, the imploring faces of child beggars pressed against cool taxi windows.

For the details of my novel, I turned to travel guides and photo books. Cousins of mine, who live in Mumbai, provided eyewitness accounts. Friends sent me pictures of their own travels there. I watched Bollywood movies to drink up the setting. The internet opened up a wormhole, an unfiltered surplus of information, causing hours to disappear with the click of my trackpad.

How easy it is to get sidetracked. I needed to know the dates Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister, and within moments I was drawn into the tragic glamour of the Gandhi family, history I once knew, but which had all but escaped through the sieve of my memory: Indira’s rise to power, the loss of her politically-minded younger son in a plane crash, convincing her elder son to run for parliament and setting him on the path to his assassination ten years later, her own murder, and how the wives of her dead sons are on opposing sides of the political spectrum in today’s India.

Creativity is often about dreaming and drifting, as much as it is about perceiving and persistence. I liked how my research caused me to meander, how the novel was shaped by a chain reaction to materials I came across, and how my ideas morphed into something new.

For me, the best fiction shows glimpses of research but never burdens the reader; it is entertaining first and foremost. Fiction writers are not historians. Our magic power is making up worlds, with the hope that they are believable and authentic. Hopefully, I’ve achieved this with All the Tomorrows. I hope you’ll pick up a copy to find out.

Releasing November 6, 2017 (Now Available for Pre-Order): All the Tomorrows


Sometimes we can’t escape the webs we are born into. Sometimes we are the architects of our own fall.

Akash Choudry wants a love for all time, not an arranged marriage. Still, under the weight of parental hopes, he agrees to one. He and Jaya marry in a cloud of colour and spice in Bombay. Their marriage has barely begun when Akash embarks on an affair.

Jaya can’t contemplate sharing her husband with another woman, or looking past his indiscretions as her mother suggests. Cornered by sexual politics, she takes her fate into her own hands in the form of a lit match.

Nothing endures fire. As shards of their past threaten their future, will Jaya ever bloom into the woman she can be, and will redemption be within Akash’s reach?
 
For more on the author, please visit her page here: Nillu Nasser.

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Teri spent her early childhood years in Redondo Beach, California, before her family traded the beaches of the Pacific Coast for the apple orchards of Wenatchee, Washington. Her career has taken her from librarian, to corporate writer, and communications officer before becoming a novelist. Her writing has won literary awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She’s a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and Write on the River. Teri and her husband live on beautiful Lake Chelan in central Washington State.
 

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Nillu Nasser

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Nillu Nasser is a writer of literary fiction novels. She also writes short fiction and blogs.

She studied English and German Literature at Warwick University, followed by European Politics at Humboldt University, Berlin. After graduating, Nillu worked in national and regional politics, but eventually reverted to her first love: writing.

Nillu’s stories often take place in rich settings and explore the search for identity from an outsider’s perspective. Her debut novel, All the Tomorrows, was published in 2017, followed by her second novel, Hidden Colours, in 2018. A prequel short story to All the Tomorrows, ‘The Dancing Girl’ was released that same year. Her third novel, An Ocean of Masks, will be published in 2019.

First and foremost, though, Nillu is a reader. She is happiest barefoot with a book in hand. They are the first thing she unpacks when she is somewhere new.

She lives in London with her husband and three children. If you fly into Gatwick and look hard enough, you will see her furiously scribbling in her garden office, where she is working on her next story.

To find out more about Nillu and her latest books, read her blog, send her a tweet or sign up for her newsletter.

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Watch for the literary/women’s fiction, AN OCEAN OF MASKS, to release in late 2019.

Deceit is sewn into the fabric of our lives long before our first breath.

Norah is all about tough love. As headmistress of a community boarding school in Brixton, South London, her job is to put children back together after their lives have derailed. She understands their anger because the same red hot fury pulses through her own veins.

When a lack of funding threatens to close the doors to her school, Norah’s pupils act out their anguish in increasingly dangerous ways. As the fate of her pupils hangs in the balance, Norah accepts an invitation to join a mysterious society of masked women who might be able to help her. Little does she know, she’s on a collision course to meet the mother who abandoned her as a toddler.

Some traumas never heal. With her carefully controlled world in turmoil, Norah fights to save her pupils and herself. Can she be an example to her pupils, not only of grit and courage, but vulnerability? Or will her single-minded focus on saving the school be her undoing?

Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books – October 24, 2016

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4 Great New Books/Stories
from 4 Talented Authors

We are excited to offer 4 new books/stories from 4 different authors. In this book launch, we have 3 novels and 1 short story, appealing to readers of many ages.

PLEASE ENJOY!

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY THRILLER

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SCORCHED SOULS by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
 
Fate and destiny clash in the explosive, heart-pounding conclusion to the award-winning Chosen series.
 
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Survival is not enough.
Alliances will be formed.
Loyalties tested.
A choice made.
 
My name is Juliet Wildfire Stone and I’m not just a Chosen, I’m the Alpha… and the fate of Earth rests in my hands.
 
When I finally met the Prime Elector, he wasn’t anything like I expected. He was supposed to be our mortal enemy, a monster I needed to destroy to fulfill my destiny, yet he was nothing like that—he’s young, brilliant, and looks like an angel.
 
Caught in the middle of a conflict between two ancient foes, which threatens to rip Earth apart, I must do what is right at all costs. To choose my fate, and Earth’s future, I will need to navigate a new path, form unlikely alliances, and solve ancient mysteries forgotten for centuries.
 
Yet I cannot do it alone. Will the other Chosen follow me? Do I have the strength to make the right choice, or will the people of Earth be enslaved for all time?
 
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Pick up ALL 3 books in the CHOSEN series at this Amazon link.
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CONSPIRACY THRILLER / ALTERNATIVE HISTORY

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ELOAH: NO HEAVEN and ELOAH: NO HELL by Lex Allen
 
Eloah: No Heaven (Book 1)
Eloah, a teacher of philosophy across the Alma Mater, hails from an advanced parallel universe. Amid a world critically wounded by war, racial and religious bigotry, extreme poverty, and vast separation between the minority rich and majority poor, he has returned to stop a nuclear holocaust and unscramble the misinterpretations presented in the Torah, the Bible, and the Qur’an.
 
Eloah enlists the aid of three people necessary to accomplish his mission: Doctor Elizabeth Washburn, a professor of theology; Jack Schmidt, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Major; and Kate Barrow, a film studies student. Each of the three is a reincarnation of someone close to him when he visited our reality over two thousand years ago, under the name Yeshua ben Yosef—Jesus.
 
From government agencies, the Vatican, and a lunatic televangelist, his enemies gather quickly. Yet none are more dangerous than an evil being with abilities equal to those of Eloah, intent on turning the world into a personal playground and crushing all who stand in the way.
 
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Eloah has gained the trust of his three ‘disciples’ and, with the help of several scientists from his reality, they have diffused every nuclear weapon in the world. Eloah must now begin work on the more difficult mission of changing the world population’s beliefs regarding God, and the misinterpretations of his teachings from two millennia ago.
 
While he seeks the support of the American President and Catholic Pope in this endeavor, his disciples search for a box, hidden for two thousand years, which will yield proof of Jesus’ true teaching and the origins of the Alma Mater.
 
As the FBI and CIA join forces to capture Eloah, and a Catholic Monsignor plots Eloah’s death, the alien being known as Alpha steps up its plans to instigate the destruction of the world… and eliminate Eloah in the process.
 

SUSPENSE THRILLER / WOMEN’S FICTION

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BLACK AND WHITE TRUTH by K.M. Hodge
 
This crime thriller/women’s fiction is the second book in The Syndicate-Born Trilogy.
 
In a world of varying shades of gray, the truth is always in black and white.
 
Seventeen years after The Syndicate trial, Jason Knettle sets out to write the shocking true crime novel on the group that ruined so many lives. With the help of a new source, he uncovers a frightening truth—The Syndicate is back… and more dangerous than ever with a new leader at the helm. The group will stop at nothing to prevent Jason from letting the world know the truth.
 
As the dead bodies of people connected to the trial start to pop up, Jason is called upon to do battle with his own personal demons and be the hero. Can he save the day, or will The Syndicate succeed in burying the truth once and for all?
 
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SCIENCE FICTION / CYPBERPUNK / GENETIC ENGINEERING

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TWIN HELIX by P.K. Tyler
This short story is the second companion to the Jakkattu series of sci-fi/cyberpunk adventures.
 
Fifty years ago the Mezna arrived with a promise to save humanity from itself. Now Earth has divided into three factions: those who welcome the Mezna, live in Mezna-built terraformed cities, and raise children with alien DNA included with their human genome; those who rebuke all alien interference and live in Human Only sectors; and those who fall between the two, fighting for survival on a planet no longer suited for their way of life.
 
Jeremy and Lillian are twins, Mezna/Human hybrids born on the wrong side of the sector border. They have passed for human and hidden their identities their entire lives, but when Lillian develops a mysterious ailment, how can Jeremy get her help without exposing who they really are?
 
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And watch for THE JAKKATTU VECTOR to release on November 28, 2016.
 
 

AND SO….

 
We hope you find several of these books to your liking, either for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones. As always, we thank you for your support. As an indie small press, we couldn’t survive without you, our loyal readers. Lastly, please share this great news with your friends.

Great Stories, Dynamic Worlds, Compelling Characters: The Making of Cassia by Lanette Kauten

Lanette KautenIn this interview, author Lanette Kauten discusses some of what went into her creation of Cassia, a literary exploration of the art scene, perfect for fans of literary or women’s fiction: a lesbian “Anna Karenina” set in an art district at the end of the Cold War.

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Interview with the Author:

CassiaWhere does your story begin?
Cassia begins at a baseball game in the year 2010. My main character, Tanya, is there with her husband and a married couple he knows professionally. The woman peppers Tanya with questions about Cassia, insinuating she knows too much about Tanya’s past.
 
The next chapter starts twenty years in the past and details Tanya’s torrid relationship with the enigmatic Cassia.
 
Who are your main characters? What do they want? What will get in their way?
As a reporter living in Deep Ellum, all Tanya Falgoust wants is to be accepted as part of the underground arts district. But living among free thinkers and musicians doesn’t make her one of them. Then she meets the sensual, rebellious Cassia, a performance artist who struts onto the stage and into Tanya’s bed.
 
No one knows who Cassia is, but her beauty and talents as an actress and dancer captivate the local scene. Tanya is mesmerized, and they quickly form a relationship. A close friend warns Tanya about Cassia, but she brushes him off. But when Cassia refuses to divulge anything about herself, where she lives, or even her real name, Tanya starts to realize her friend was right. And the secrets her lover is hiding are deeper and more damaging than Tanya could imagine.
 
As the pull of their relationship deepens and becomes more volatile, Tanya must decide whether to break from her desire before she loses the one thing she wants most—connection to the musicians who have accepted her into their community.
 
Where does your setting fit with what we know, and where is it unique?
Cassia is set in an arts/bar district just east of downtown Dallas, which in itself makes the setting both familiar and unique. A lot of cities have a section that’s pretty much reserved for the boho lifestyle—East Village in New York, 6th Street in Austin, and pretty much all of Portland, to name a few. Dallas has such an area as well, called Deep Ellum.
 
The neighborhood started as a Freedman’s town and was a Blues and Jazz hotspot at one time. For decades, it sat nearly empty except for the few businesses that never moved from the area. In the 80s, a handful of people saw tremendous opportunity to make it into a place for local musicians and artists.
 
What books, movies, etc, might this story be similar to, and in what ways is it unique?
The first book to come to mind is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, because of its structure, and because the main character is a woman looking back on a particular year of her life and how the events of that year changed the direction of the rest of her life. But 1939 New York (Rules of Civility) is very different from 1990 Dallas (Cassia).
 
A generational tie exists with the book Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel, as both her book and mine deal with the struggles of a young crop of Gen-Xers. Outside of Wurtzel’s book being a memoir and mine being a work of fiction, there is a difference in writing style and focus. While Prozac Nation deals with depression in young adults, Cassia focuses on the postmodern view of art and sexuality.
 
Are more stories planned in this series?
I don’t write book series, but I am working on a new novel with Cassia as the protagonist. Tanya won’t even appear as a cameo in this new book.
 
Our thanks to Lanette Kauten for spending a little time with us, and we hope you enjoy her wonderful book, Cassia.

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