Thursday, May 21, 2015

Author Thursday: Interview with Tanima Kazi

My Author Thursday guest is Tanima Kazi, and she's talking about her debut novel How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels. I love that title, and the cover is fabulous as well. :)

1. What flavor is your writing?

It is contemporary chic-lit with ethnic influences.

2. If this book was made into a movie, who would you cast to play the characters?

I love Parminder Nagra from Bend it Like Beckham. I think she would make a wonderful Maya Khan. Joseph Gordon Levitt cast as Eddie Holden would make all my dreams come true. That man (excuse me, as I fan myself, it suddenly got very warm in here) is an extremely talented actor.

3. What is your favorite scene in How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels?

Probably the first scene. My main character decides to run off on the day of her wedding. She does this by tying her wedding sari around her four-poster bed and shimmying out the window.

I think in every culture, we take a lot of time and energy in beautifying the bride. From the hair to the make-up to the jewelry and of course the dress. It is hours of laborious, detail oriented work. And to me nothing is more enjoyable than watching a bride tear it all off and say “to heck with it, I don’t need all this.” This is what inspired me to write the first scene.

4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
Psychos (A White Girl Problems Book) by Babe Walker

5. What are you working on now?

The Cat Bunglar. It is about a klutzy apprentice who is trying to become an actual Cat Burglar. I understand it makes no sense now, but it will all come together soon (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).

You can find out more about Tanima at these links:
If marriage isn’t in the immediate picture, what does Maya want to do with her life?

Maya Khan wants no part of an arranged marriage. Unfortunately, she makes this discovery on the day of her wedding. Panicking, sweating, and swearing simultaneously, Maya escapes out the back window, scales down her parent’s two story house in her big, flapping sari and lands on her best friend’s sofa.

In between working as a harem waitress, going back to college and finding out her new boyfriend is engaged to her arch rival from high school, she’s still trying to figure it all out...and having the time of her life.

How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Tanima Kazi loves to read: her love of reading inspires her to write. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she has had the pleasure of living in many different countries such as Saudi Arabia, Canada and the United States, where she currently resides in Wheeling, Illinois.

She is working on her second novel and avoiding the beckoning call of Netflix binge watching. Traveling, writing and eating are her favorite past times.

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