Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mina Khan on How Stories Get Written


Welcome Guest Author Mina Khan!

I'm pleased to welcome Mina back to the blog today to celebrate the release of a new story and the birthday of her first book, The Djinn's Dilemma. Mina has a giveaway and a great topic for us, so here she is...

How Stories Get Written

I was recently reading an interview by Khaled Hosseini about writing and he mentioned that he’d intended his debut book The Kite Runner to be a simple, nostalgic short story about two boys and their love of kite flying.

Instead, it turned into this mega-successful, dark and poignant literary novel that grabs hold of readers’ hearts and squeezes.

Hosseini explained the change with: “But stories have a will of their own….”

Such true words.

When I first started thinking of writing The Djinn’s Dilemma, my debut story, about an assassin who falls for his target, I had a very different vision for it. Originally the assassin was a cynical, aloof woman and it was going to be straight forward romantic suspense. Nothing paranormal about it, and definitely no genies involved. Ha!

Not one but two genies showed up, and the assassin turned into smoking hot male…yeah, I quit complaining at that point and just wrote. And I ended up having an exhilarating adventure with flying genies, ricocheting bullets, and dangerous magic.

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If I hadn’t gone with the story’s will, I wouldn’t be here today celebrating the first birthday of The Djinn’s Dilemma with an awesome birthday bash full of SurPrizes (including a special Sherrilyn Kenyon package, exotic art and more!). Make sure you check it out!

But sometimes stories push us out of our comfort zone and into unchartered territories. That can be scary. Very scary. Such was the case with my multicultural short, Dead: A Ghost Story.

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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 silent part of the immigrant experience.

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.
Giveaway!
Thanks for visiting with me! Don’t forget to check out the #DjinnsDilemmaBirthdayBash…also share a comment with your thoughts about stories and leave your email address…and you may be randomly chosen to receive a Kindle edition of Dead: A Ghost Story. Open to international. Ends midnight EST November 19.
Author Bio:

Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns (pronounced "gins"), ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as tales of romance and adventure. Her first published work, The Djinn's Dilemma, won the novella category of the 2012 Romance Through The Ages (published) contest.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from her second novella, A Tale of Two Djinns, is donated to UNICEF for education. Two Djinns is a Romeo & Juliet tale with genies, feminists and a happy ending.

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Thanks so much for reading! Don't forget to leave Mina some comment love to enter to win! 

Laura

18 comments:

L. V. Lewis said...
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L. V. Lewis said...

I do believe you've found yourself another fan, Ms. Khan. I can't wait to read about Ninjas and Genies and immigrant Texas housewives!

shellbelle said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Mina Khan two weeks ago at the Southern Magical Romance writers luncheon in Birmingham. She has a very enchanting and bubbly personality. Her personality shines through her books. I highly recommend them to your reading list. Thanks Mina for signing my nook cover!

Irene Velazquez said...

The stories look AMAZING! Djinn's Dilemma here I come!

Rashda Khan said...

@L.V. Lewis: Lol, when you put it like that...I do sound like quite an eclectic writer! I'm so fortunate to able to write the stories that I want and to have readers who enjoy stories in all their varied forms.

Rashda Khan said...

@shellbelle Hi! So good to see you here again & thank you for your kind words :)

Mina

Rashda Khan said...

@Irene: Thanks! I hope you enjoy Rukh & Sarah's story :)

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Mina, everyone!

Beautiful Disaster said...

Hi Ms. Khan,
Congrats on your newest release! I haven't read anything by you however the excerpt sounds exciting. Will be adding your books to my Christmas list ;) thanks so much...
Lori

Rashda Khan said...

Thanks Lori! Hope you enjoy the story :) So nice meeting you!

Debra Smith said...

I have read and loved Mrs Khan's book The Djinn's Dilemma. It had me inspelled from the very beginning. I have to say I am glad the assasin turned out to be Rukh. He's very... well yummy.

Rashda Khan said...

Thanks Debra! Yes, Rukh was delicious to write ;)

Meda White said...

Just wanted to pop by and say hello. I already have "Dead: A Ghost Story" and I highly recommend it. I'm proud of you for being a voice for those sometimes overlooked women in our society.

Rashda Khan said...

Thanks Meda! You're a sweetheart :) So glad you enjoyed reading Dead!

SdyLion said...

Congrats on the newest release and it sure sounds like an exciting book. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Beckey said...

Congrats on the release, Sounds like a great read :)

BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

Rashda Khan said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments, y'all!
Beckey White wins...Woot! I'll be contacting you!

Thanks Laura for hosting me :)

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! The winner of Mina's ebook is SdyLion sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

CONGRATULATIONS!