Christine Young

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Christine ~ Presents Ten Days in October by Ashish Malpani

Please welcome Ashish Malpani author of Ten Days in October.

Ashish Malpani will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Ten Days in October

by Ashish Malpani

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GENRE: Fiction: Crime

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

>> Thank you Christine for taking the time to talk to me. I strongly believe that every person you meet, every incident that happens around you leaves an impression on your mind. I often wonder that the people involved in the incidents were to speak to me, what will they say? What will be their stories? ‘Ten Days in October’ is inspired by a real life event that happened in the rural Indian town that I grew up in. The story that formed in my mind after thinking about the event was so compelling that I decided to bring it to life.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

>> As an author my role is not to just tell a story but to connect with my readers and force them to think. I have tried to achieve the same in ‘Ten Days in October’ and based on the feedback I have received so far I will like to think that the effort probably resulted in some good discussions. I intend to continue writing with thought provoking socio-economic issues at the center stage. I do look for stories in the events happening around me.

 

I wrote a crime fiction with no background in medicine, forensics and criminal procedures. I feel that having the engineering and marketing background really helped me in different way. I took a fairly structured approach to writing the novel. Starting with one liner for the novel, I outlined the whole story, characters, chapters and scenes. To be honest, it was also the deadline set by my wife to finish the novel that forced me to charge ahead and not go off-track. I must say that self-discipline, schedule and ability to learn & adapt definitely helped me.

 

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

>> Growing up in a small town in rural India, unlike my lawyer parents I wasn’t the one who was reaching out to people, talking to them and making friends. I kept it to myself and often stayed quiet even in a group setting. But now when I look back, I think I spent more time in observing how people behaved and reacted to things. May be the places, the people, the smells and the behaviors that I observed then got recorded into my brain and come alive as I wrote ‘Ten Days in October’. For me writing is all about making the readers feel what you imagine.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

>> I definitely want to continue writing but I don’t want to be defined by a genre. Against the conventional wisdom and marketing benefits, I think I want to write in the format, the genre that is best suited for the story in my mind.

 

That said, I have started research on couple of ideas and may be yet another crime fiction is taking shape. ‘Ten Days in October’ makes commentary on one of the glaring social issues we face today and I am ready to take on another one.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

>> I associate most with the protagonist Shivaji Chavan of ‘Ten Days in October’. Like me, he has developed his own philosophy of life to deal with the contradictions he faces. He does understand that there is no point in occupying in high moral ground if you lose in the process and sometimes war is justified.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

>> This is a tricky question for me. Given that ‘Ten Days in October’ is based in India, I think it will be hard to include Hollywood actors in leading roles. That said, it may be a good opportunity to look at Bollywood for help. I think Ajay Devgan and/ or Nawazuddin Siddiqui may be fit for the lead roles.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

>> I don’t belong to a critique group. However, I personally think it may help me with my next book. For the first book, I think it is more important to go through the process rather than making sure that all the elements and writing procedures are followed. Plus I think the family members can be good critiques for the first attempt.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

>> After I finished the first draft of the ‘Ten Days in October’ and the first thing I did was to hand it over to my wife Samta who is an avid fiction reader. I headed to Vegas on a business trip the next day. A day after when she called late in night after a glass of wine and told me that the story was good and she will be the first one to buy the novel, I felt really happy and encouraged although I knew it was the wine talking. Next day she said that it was really good for a first time author and the story was powerful. After few cuts and edits from her side, I decided to submit it for proof-reading.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

>> Since writing and publishing was really new for me, I didn’t discuss it with lot of people beforehand. I disclosed it after I had submitted the novel for self-publishing. So I will summarize my learning from the process here.

  • Self-publishing is easy: Both eBook and print versions are easy to do. Making changes after publication is easy as well. For all the options that I had discussed before, the quality is relatively better than small publication houses.
  • Buyers are wary of self-published books: In my experience, the buyers, book reviewers stay away from self-published books. First, because it is easy, everyone is doing it and not all books are great. Second, the books don’t look professional when compared with regular books. It is estimated that less than 1% of the self-published books really cut it.
  • Set the expectations right: It is estimated that average print self-published book sells about 100-150 copies; and mostly because of friends and family. So don’t expect miracles to happen overnight. It does need lot of marketing and promotional support to get any good sales numbers. Not everyone who is your ‘friend’ on Facebook is going to buy the book.
  • Good book cover and back cover blurb is a must: But it doesn’t guarantee that the book will fly off the shelf. But mediocre book cover and poorly written blurb will definitely turn the readers away. The same applies to the content. It is critical to get the content professional edited.
  • Do it because you want to: Write because you want to share something with the world, and not to make money from day one. Enjoy the process and the short limelight. Needless to say, don’t quit your day job just yet.
  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

>> I wish I had the ability to write down without outlining. But I can’t write for days and get lost in the book. I need the touch of reality and I believe my characters do it too. Trying to balance between demanding work and family life is a tough task for Inspector Chavan, my protagonist. If I didn’t outline the book and the chapters, I am sure I will be lost and never finish the book.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

>> I love to travel, observe different cultures and photograph. If I am sitting on a plane for eight hours, I think it is better that I know somethings about the person sitting next to me. During my travels, I have met interesting people and had interesting conversations that have influenced my characters. The character of Dr. Sheikh, the chief medical examiner was highly influenced by a confident young doctor who I met in one of my trips.

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite?

>> It is hard to name just one. Over the years, I have read many books and liked quite a few. I like to read anything that is interesting from management & economics to fiction, no subject/ genre is binding.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

>> It is too early to say what direction the next book is going to take but I am doing some research on one of cases that happened in urban India and social issues surrounding it.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

>> Can I have more than a few favorites? The list is way too long. From Robert Downy Jr. and Denzel Washington to Amitabh Bacchan and Meryl Streep to Parineeti Chopra a lot of actors are in my favs.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

>> This is a crime fiction, so can’t really say there is a black moment in the book. I chose to focus on the crime rather than emotional interactions of the characters. The protagonist, Chavan does question his thinking often to see if it makes sense.

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

>> I must admit that I don’t watch reality TV. Most of the reality TV does feel scripted at some level and does not match the thrill of a good crime, political or suspense drama for me.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?

>> I don’t think I will end up creating a series but who knows, Chavan may be back for more.

 

Print

BLURB:

 

‘5 a.m. phone call broke Police Inspector Shivaji Chavan’s sleep informing him that local jeweler Anil Kokate, was found hanging from a tree on the banks of Pravara River in a small town of rural India. Although the signs point to an open and shut case of suicide, Chavan suspects foul play. While trying to find the missing pieces of the story he finds more hidden skeletons and comes across astonishing & cruel past of the victim. What begins as a routine investigation quickly turns darker, ruthless and pressing. Can Chavan handle the pressure of his superiors, local media and frightened masses? Can he navigate the system to reach the killer? Can he solve the moral dilemma when he comes face to face with the killer?

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

On the first day of Navratri, the Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, Inspector Shivaji Chavan is woken up by a phone call informing him about the public suicide of Anil Kokate. Kokate was found hanging from a tree on the banks of Pravara River. After inspecting the crime scene, Chavan has reason to believe that it may not a suicide case. But little that he knew that this was just the beginning, a routine investigation was about to turn into something that is darker, more deadly and pressing. Trying to navigate through the system, Chavan relies on his own instincts, hoping to find the truth- and a killer who is terrorizing the town.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Ashish Malpani is an Indian-American freelancer and blogger. Born in Sangamner, a small town in rural India, he spent much of his adult life in Austin, Texas. A technology product marketer by trade, Ashish earned his MSE from Purdue University and MBA from the University of Texas.

Ashish fell in love with reading and traveling at a young age. As a kid he had two dreams in life: to write a novel and to travel around the world. Thirty eight countries and counting, Ashish has explored various cultures and captured the world through the lens of his camera with his wife Samta and son Ayan.

 

Author website: www.ashishmalpani.com

FB: www.facebook.com/authormalpani

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ashishmalpani

 

Buying Links:

Paperback (US Edition $7.99): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1533500975/

Paperback (UK Edition £5.49): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1533500975/

Paperback (Germany, France, Spain & Italy Edition €7.79- €8.02): http://www.curiua.com/p/ten-days-in-october/9781533500977

E-Book (Kindle Edition WW $5.99): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNOGWTE

Smashwords (iBook/ Nook etc. Edition): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/639343

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Ashish Malpani will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1866

 

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7 comments on “Christine ~ Presents Ten Days in October by Ashish Malpani

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Lisa Brown
    September 14, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. achristay
    September 14, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Rita Wray
    September 14, 2016

    Sounds like a great read.

  5. Victoria
    September 14, 2016

    Really great post, thanks for sharing the excerpt and interview!

    • Ashish Malpani
      September 21, 2016

      Here is short excerpt from the book.

      Inspector Shivaji Chavan then looked at Amol, the victim’s son, and said, “As soon as the doctor completes the examination, I will hand the body over to you. Please wait for few minutes more.” Then he opened the main door. The smell of rotted flesh mixed with Formaldehyde forced him to hold his breath. Gayakwad was standing inside holding a handkerchief on his nose. The postmortem room was well lit with a white tiled platform in the middle of the room for the examination. Dr. Sheikh was done with the autopsy. He had a couple of assistants with him. Seeing Chavan, Dr.Sheikh stopped what he was doing. He took off his gloves and washed his hands in the nearby sink. He grabbed his notepad and walked over to Chavan.
      “I am almost done with the examination; I can quickly review the results with you and release the body to your custody.”
      “Sure, go ahead,” said Chavan.
      “Stitch it up,” Dr. Sheikh instructed the assistants and quickly flipped through his notes. “Sahib, in my opinion, the cause of death is asphyxia due to hanging. There is about four cm wide ligature marks running from the midline around the thyroid cartilage, symmetrically upward on both sides of the neck. The mark matches with the rope that was brought in with the body. I also think that it was a simple knot and running noose. The hyoid bone is fractured as well, which is not a surprise given the age of the victim? Microscopic examination of the thyroid gland and salivary gland shows focal interstitial hemorrhage which is consistent with antemortem nature of hanging. I won’t rule out suicide altogether, but I have a couple of other interesting things to report. There is light ligature mark around the wrists that would suggest that the wrists were tied together at some point. Also, all five fingers of the right hand are swollen, and the X-ray revealed that the fingers were broken. And my guess is that this injury was antemortem too. Also, it appears that there was some cloth stuffed in his mouth. I found some traces of fabric in his tract. Finally, looks like he had broken ribs a while back. ”
      “How is that possible? How could someone break their fingers and then commit suicide?”
      “That is something I can’t explain either,” Dr. Sheikh replied. “On the face of it, it does look like that force was applied to break the bones, so I don’t think Kokate did it himself. Maybe he got into a fight, and then something else triggered the suicide.”
      “That is one possible explanation. Can you say for sure that this is a suicide and not homicide?”
      “If you discount the broken bones, it does looks like a suicide case.”

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