Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Month of Firsts, Gifts & Celebrations

October has been a month of firsts for me and super-busy. But that's good. Sometimes we get into ruts or stick with the familiar because it's easier...and safer. Trying something new is always risky, but it has its rewards. You stretch your boundaries and grow.

One of the firsts I'm proudest of is the publication of my multicultural short, "DEAD: A Ghost Story."

Unlike my other published stories, DEAD is NOT a romance. In it, Nasreen – the Indian-American protagonist grapples with her life and death in West Texas.

DEAD was inspired by the many immigrant wives I met during my time as a business reporter in West Texas. For the most part these women are invisible to the mainstream society for various reasons – language barriers, isolation, and unfamiliarity with their adopted country’s laws and social mores etc. So this story was written to recognize them and to highlight a usually hush-hush part of the immigrant story.

I have readers who love my genie romances, so why not write another one instead of trying on a completely different genre? Because the idea of all the invisible Nasreens in the world sort of haunted me until I’d written the story. In doing so, I discovered a different side of myself, a new voice inside.

If you'd like to check DEAD out, here's the Amazon link.

Another first I'm proud of is putting together my Author's Basket for the Southern Magic Romance Readers Luncheon 2012.

I'm not a crafty person. I can't turn ribbons into works of art, and gift wrapping usually involves LOTS of tape...and the end result isn't pretty. Hey, it's what's inside and the thought that counts, right?

But, I'd promised my Southern Magic sisters a raffle basket and by hook and crook I'd get it done. So I enlisted the DH (he's married to me and doesn't have a, he's very practical & task oriented).

I loved the shopping part. A perk of writing genie romances and stories with an Asian flavor means I can have fun getting colorful, exotic gifts. Of course, I over-shopped. But that's okay, my DH managed to fit most everything into the basket in a nice, snug, efficient way. Here take a look:

(The book in the back is a Moroccan cookbook, then other good reads, incense, candles, Christmas decorations and, like I said...I had fun shopping!)

We ran into trouble when it came to wrapping. I measured/guesstimated the cellophane and it was too short. So we had to creatively angle the basket, pull and stretch...and use LOTS of tape. By the end of it all, I wasn't even going to attempt working with a ribbon. Instead, I purchased a pre-curled pretty concoction and stuck in on top!

Now I have got my fingers and toes crossed that the ribbon bit stays stuck...if not, I hope the recipient is too distracted by the goodies inside to notice the missing finery. Whew, I feel like I have truly earned the good times and the several glasses of wine I'll enjoy when I finally get to my first Readers Luncheon.

Share some of the firsts you are proud of and you could win a Kindle copy of "Dead: A Ghost Story." Just leave a comment and way to contact you to be included in the random picking!


Carla Swafford said...

Love that cover! So beautiful and colorful. I can't wait to read it.

AND I can't wait to see you again. Hugs!

Meda White said...

Your basket is awesome! I hope to meet you at the luncheon.

I love ghost stories. I just started reading your book and am enjoying it. I will even more so now that I've read the inspiration behind it.

Rashda Khan said...

Thanks Carla! I can't wait to see you again too...Birmingham better look out for trouble with a lot fun in it! ;P

Rashda Khan said...

Thank you Meda! I look forward to hearing what you think when you're done reading.

So looking forward to meeting you at the Luncheon :)

Heather said...

I love ghost stories. This is going to be perfect to get me in the mood for the season (I deal with enough ghouls in my day job, so ghosts will be a welcome alternative). Can't wait to see you at the luncheon!

M.V.Freeman said...

I love the premise of your story--and what inspired you to write.

I can hardly wait to meet you at the luncheon! :)

Pamela Mason said...

Rashda, I love the idea that inspired you to write this story. And I love its cover... can't wait to read it.

And yes, that's one beautiful basket!

Rashda Khan said...

Woot! Thanks y'all for all your lovely kind words. You made my day. :)

Can't wait to hang out with everyone at the luncheon! Even tho I'll have to catch a red-eye flight, I'm actually looking forward to it :D

I'll pick a winner early case there r any late night visitors!

Rashda Khan said...

Woot! M.V. you won a copy of DEAD! I'll be contacting you :)

M.V.Freeman said...

Thank you! Woohoo! :)