**Ali: Nalini, I know you must do a lot of research for your stories and it must be so interesting to find out so many new facts. Do you enjoy the research you do?
Nalini: Sure! I've found out so much stuff through my writing. But whatever research I do, I try to be sure I don't go overboard in putting it in the book - sometimes, it's so tempting to share a little bit too much research info but that risks slowing down the story. Necessity is the keyword.
*Ali: How do you come up with such compelling characters... especially your heroes? ;) Do your characters come to you before their stories, or does the story idea come first and then the characters?
Nalini: I write character based stories, so I start with the characters. They're real people to me, with their own strengths and weaknesses, complete individuals. Writing this way is a very instinctive process - I try to listen to the needs of the characters, write the story that suits them.
As for the heroes, I always want to write men readers will fall in love with - they might be tough, might be alpha, but for the women they love, they'll move heaven and earth. I think stroking them a little in return is only fair, don't you? *grin*
*Ali: Your first releases were contemporary romances with Silhouette Desire, do you have any upcoming contemporary romances? Or are you more focused on writing paranormals right now?
Nalini: At the moment, my focus is on paranormals. (My most recent Sil Desire came out in Feb of this year.)
*Ali: Can you let us in on what stories you're working on or have planned?
Nalini: Clay's book (Mine to Possess) will come out in Feb 08. Right now I'm working on Dorian's book, which will be released around Sep next year. I've also got a novella due soon, plus I'm working on the first book of my new series (Angels' Blood).
*Ali: Nalini, I know you must be busy writing, but, when you do find time to read (and I hope you do:)) what are some genres you like to read? What was your last favorite read?
Nalini: I'm an eclectic reader but of course, I love romance. I also like sf/fantasy, and thrillers. My last favorite read...Silver Master by Jayne Castle. I absolutely adored it!
*Ali: Nalini, thank you, again, for being taking time out of your busy schedule and spending this week as our guest :)
Nalini: Thanks for the invite, Ali. I'm having fun chatting to your readers.
There you have it reader :) I hope you've enjoyed this week with Nalini as much as I have.