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I love welcoming back my favorite authors, like Sapna Srinivasan, whose new book, A Mantra for Miss Perfect, book 3 in her Sood Family series releases today.
Sapna lives in Seattle, WA with her perfectionist husband and perfect daughter. Her name in Hindi means “dream” and true to its meaning, Sapna finds gratification in dreams and storytelling. She was born in southern India, raised in northern India, and spent the better part of her adult life in the United States. She, therefore, unabashedly clutches her Indian roots while embracing the American in herself. She loves to cook traditional Indian food and, yes, she uses cilantro in practically everything. When she isn’t cooking, writing, or being intellectually stumped by her daughter, she may be found running down the nearest trail by her Pacific Northwest home. The inspiration for her debut novel, A New Mantra, has been her own journey as both a woman of color and a runner; the latter being a sport that was introduced to her by her husband.
Today, Sapna is interviewing her heroine, Sahana Sood–check it out!
An Imperfect Interview with Miss Perfect
Sapna: It is my pleasure to have with me today, Miss Sahana Sood, as my interviewee. Sahana is a successful corporate attorney at Yoland and Wiseman, she’s also a dutiful, Indian-American daughter who loves family traditions, and she’s a champion for perfectionism, and she’s er—single, ready to mingle, is that right, Sahana?
Sahana <frowning>: Yes, but you say it like it’s a bad thing.
Sapna: Not at all. In fact, I’d love to open with this question. Considering what a strong, independent personality you are, I assume nothing fazes you. Or am I wrong? Does Sahana Sood have a weak link?
Sahana: If I did, I’d never share it with anyone, especially a romance writer who could potentially turn it into her next story.
Sapna: Spoken like an attorney. Or is it who you are? Do you keep your true feelings hidden from the people who could use it against you?
Sahana: I’m a survivalist, yes. And if you knew my family, my cousins, especially, you’d understand why I need to be so guarded.
Sapna: Tell me more about that.
Sahana: At the risk of turning this interview into a therapy session…<breathes in deep> I’ll start by saying that being Miss Perfect in the Sood family comes at a high price. Just because I’m successful, I’m ambitious, I have dreams and goals, and I chase them down till I reach them, people assume I have no feelings. That’s their problem. My problem is that I won’t apologize for who I am. I like nice things, I like my fancy car, I like living in a nice neighborhood…I’ve worked hard all my life to get those things, none of them were a gift. But when people see me, that’s all they see. Sahana the bee-atch perfectionist who is out to prove her superiority. Well, that’s not true, or fair, if you think about it. My successes in life are in no way intended to pooh-pooh someone else’s life. My cousins sometimes forget I am human, with a beating heart that breaks just like anyone else’s.
Sapna: I think maybe you just revealed to me your weakest link.
Sahana: Maybe I intended to.
Sapna: How is it, that someone like you…someone who seems to have it all, beauty, brains, respect for your Indian-American family traditions, basically, the whole package, has been so unlucky in love?
Sahana: If I knew the answer to that, I wouldn’t be thirty-two and single right now. I don’t know why. But if I had to dissect my love life, I’d say it’s mostly because I have spent the lion’s share of my life chasing my career. I want to make my mom proud, because she gave everything to make sure I had a good upbringing. And when I got the dream career, the dream life, I suddenly looked around, and I was standing in it, all alone, no Mr. Right by my side.
Sapna: You say you want to make your mom proud. Would you say you’ve jeopardized your shot at love, in an attempt to make her happy?
Sahana <sighs>: I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t. I’m sure I have. Maybe in some ways, I want to fall in love with the kind of man she would approve.
Sapna: Is Ryan Mehra that man?
Sahana <eyes wide>: He’s…well, he’s the owner of the Wildling Inn, that my law firm is working to acquire for a client.
Sapna: You haven’t answered the question.
Sahana: That’s because you’re asking the wrong question. Ryan is…he’s handsome, and funny, and he’s a hard ass like I am…and man, is he stubborn—
Sapna: Like you?
Sahana: I’m tenacious, not stubborn. He’s stubborn. Period.
Sapna: Would you say he knows you better than you care to admit? Better than any of the other men you’ve dated?
Sahana: Yes, and I don’t appreciate him for it. He needs to find another hobby.
Sapna: Okay, one last question, if it wasn’t for your mother’s expectations, and your desperate need to check the “happily married” box, would you say Ryan could potentially be the one?
Sahana <stares back with pursed lips>: If he was, I’d never admit it to anyone, especially—
Sapna: Especially a romance writer who could turn it into her next story?
Giveaway question: Do you have a weak link? You can answer yes or no, and if you feel comfortable sharing what it is, we would love to hear it. There are no wrong answers, and all responses will qualify for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
A Mantra for Miss Perfect
Sahana Sood is beautiful, brilliant, and inches away from making junior partner at her downtown Seattle law firm. Ever the dutiful daughter, she’s lauded as Miss Perfect in her large Indian family and community. But Sahana is barely hiding her panic because, despite her best efforts and too many blind dates to count, she’s now thirty-two and has never come close to finding Mr. Perfect. Rumors are spreading—Sahana’s unlucky in love.
With marriage pressure mounting, Sahana buries herself in work. She’s confident she’ll close the acquisition deal for the Wilding Inn for her firm’s major client, but hits a snag. The handsome owner Ryan Mehra refuses to sell. He doesn’t need the money, the inn is a testament to his late parents’ love and he’d rather continue their legacy.
Sahana heads to the historic inn determined to not lose this deal. But the sparks that fly when she meets Ryan, who just might be more stubborn and driven than she is, soon have her worrying that instead of landing her partnership, she might lose her heart.