1.What Inspired you to write this book?
When I was vacationing with my family we went to see Hilo, the big island in Hawaii.
It was an extra-ordinary experience for me because I have never seen so much crusty charcoal black lava mile after mile which devastated the lands, island's trees, animal lives and human lives.
After traveling though most of the park we parked our suv near to the gate and started to walk around. It was dark, nearly 10'oclock at night and few people were still there with their flash lights.
All on a sudden we spotted two volcanoes came alive few miles away from us.
From one of the volcano the red radiant lava was flowing and the other volcano was shooting lava to the sky.
I was stunned like every body else as it was an astounding
I realized how powerful those forces were.
Mesmerized by these dazzle I closed my eyes for few second to grasp what was going on -as
that time I was reading lots about Hawaiian ancient culture and their mythological Goddess, Pele, I stated to visualize that phenomena in front my eyes.
Whole night I could not sleep as it was haunting me throughout the night. Next morning We went to Oahu and visited the Waikiki beach.
There I saw a handsome young American man on a skate board, surfing.
He seemed very happy as he was mingling freely with other Hawaiian surfers. Finally when I came back to mainland, USA
there were lots of wrangling going on over corporate corruption as Tyco's and Enron's CEO were in trial.
Media was over obsessed and reporting 24 hrs. about these events.
I do not know what came over me as I thought may be I could write a story blending all of these connections together. As I always wanted to write a one-of-a kind of book I started to gather lots of information through research and it became a main inspiration of my story.
Summarize your book in one to three sentences
Jonathan, an young American handsome man caught in an ethical quandary by his father's corrupt nature had to make a choice between his love for the Hawaiian beauty Olina and his loyalty to his parents.
3. What is the overall theme of your book.
Through true love, sacrifice and spirituality happiness can be achieved.
Where does this book take place?
The story effortlessly transports the reader from the lush beauty and spirituality of Hawaii to the pipeline of Texas, USA and multi-faith India.
5. Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?
There are three main characters, Jonathan, Oliana and OC.
Jonathan shows in this book how important the ethical value is in his life.
He was born into a wealthy and politically connected family was tormented by his father's corrupt nature and unethical family business .
He flees to Hawaii with its sugar coated white beaches, soft breezes and trembling volcanoes searching for a simpler life style.
He had to make a choice between the happiness he craves with his love of his life, Oliana and his family who demands his loyalty.
Oliana is a full-blooded Hawaiian beauty and a student in Hawaiian University who embodies the earthiness of ancient Hawaii and her unselfish eternal love forced Jonathan to realize that how important the real love is and the sacrifice was well worth.
OC is Jonathan's best friend and a confidant.
He provides valuable friendship what we all need in our life.
In that context it takes a compelling look at multi-faith religion and draws inspiring conclusion about Hinduism, Christianity
and Buddhism into the plotline.
Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?
This book will appeal to the reader because it has plenty of romantic and overwhelming power of new love between handsome American man Jonathan and Hawaiian beauty, Oliana, the
ancient Hawaiian believe and culture, the magical mythical imagination of Hawaiian Goddess, Pele, surrender to pure life, the complexity of different cultures and spirituality in India and USA and the obsession and greed for power into multi-dimensional story line.
How is your book relevant in today's society?
It is a tale of epic and romantic love, set against true-to-life background of corporate greed, ethical quandary and spiritual and religious diversity.
What makes your book different from other books like it?
It is different from other book because spanning three countries, USA, Hawaii and India, it combines ancient religion with modern capitalism to create an eternal love story.
It shows inter-connectiveness of happiness through love and sacrifice when Jonathan left everything for Oliana.
It also creates a magical imagination in reader's mind when Oliana dance to please mythical Volcano Goddess, Pele.
It also gives a peek into the world of big business and shady backdoor deals and how Jonathan kept his self-respect by ethical conviction.
What do you want readers to take away from your writing?
How to weave together the complexity of different subjects like combination of ancient culture and religion with modern day capitalism and ethical value to create a magical epic love story.
How did you learn about topic?
I learned about the topic through lots of research about ancient Hawaiian culture, mythology and their believe and reading about Hinduism and Christianity. From my own experience and self analyzing I value ethical belief as it is the only way to keep self-respect.
What other books have you written?
My next book is almost done.
The title is "Coming to Terms".
It is about a first generation American-Indian girl who was born and brought up in western culture had to go through pain, conflict and frustration in growing up.
Though she had sensibilities and understanding about her mother's culture and upbringing in traditional way in India she could not totally agree with her in every aspect of her life.
I live in USA now with my husband and two sons.
I was born in India and raised with all Indian values and culture of my country. After completion of my education with B.A. degree which was painful to obtain due to my caste or social group I overwhelmingly migrated to UK to join my husband who left India ten months ago to pursue a better life for us.
I always loved America- the land of hope, freedom, and fortune. Every day I used to think when we would go to America; my dream land. Seeing all the horrible racism appearing in that time one day I suggested to my husband, "we should migrate to America", my husband agreed. I remember the day when we arrived in America. We were overwhelmed with happiness; that feeling of joy which I would not be able to describe in words. I traveled three countries, England, Canada and America in pursuit of happiness and the American dream. The path was full of obstacles, frustrations, disappointments, doubts and pains but nothing deterred me to come to America. Seeing the statue of Liberty and the inspirational writing on her torch gave me hope that I would through hard work, higher education and perseverance, one day I will achieve the American dream.
Beginning a new life in a new land was not easy. Just like many immigrants I faced the multitude of problems as I had to retain my own ethnic identity while still adapting to new culture. I always gave an emphasis on higher education which was not achievable in India that time but in America it was easy. I took admission to get a computer programming degree and earned my degree eventually.
I started writing at an early age but never thought
of sending any work to a publisher.
I was encouraged when one of my friend said that she liked my writing, the subject matters and the epic style language. My book was recommended by ALA and Library thing.