Today, we have the honour of an interview with author Pearl Khatri, the Amazon Top 100 bestselling author for women’s contemporary romance fiction, Those Chance Encounters. Pearl and I were conversing recently on Instagram and she agreed to an interview.
Where do you live and does this place appear in your writings at all?
Hey there. I am from Mumbai, India; and no, I do not use my city or country of residence in my books.
Pearl is not actually your real name. Tell us a bit about how you got this wonderful pseudonym?
It’s not! My actual first name is Sana. I got the name Pearl from a Twitter conversation with a few friends, years ago. I was looking for something elegant to go with my YouTube channel vibe, and a friend suggested that I go by Pearl. It’s stuck with me since ever then. Everyone I know now calls me Pearl, and it feels just as comforting to me as the name Sana does.
This blogger: How very interesting. I think the name suits you as well, and I am glad that you are so comfortable with it.
You write romance novels. What inspired you to choose this genre?
I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. I love a good push-and-pull between two characters, the drama and the angst that surrounds them. I’m especially a fan of HEAs and cheesy love confessions. So, the genre was the perfect fit for me.
This blogger: It sounds like it lol. You clearly have a lot of passion and love for the genre, so it is no surprise that your most recent book has done so well. Speaking of which…
Your most recent novel, Those Chance Encounters, reached the top 100 in the women’s contemporary romance category, which is a wonderful achievement. Why do you think it has been such a hit?
Firstly, thank you so much. It was a surprise to see people connecting to my characters, and even recommending my book to their peers.
In Those Chance Encounters, I’ve mentioned real-life bullying, body shaming, and eating disorder experiences. A lot of my female readers can relate to some or all of those issues. My book not only shows the ugly and glamorous side of Hollywood, but it also shows that even the most popular, public figure can be a massive screw-up. No one is perfect, and those who accept that universal fact go a long way in life.
What do you do when you have a bad writing day i.e. when the words simply do not flow onto the page?
I let everything go and lose myself to music. I don’t think I’d be able to function — quite literally — without my favorite music to ground me.
In a two of my blog pieces, I discuss how to write a compelling main character. What is unique about your main character in your other novels, The Twisted Duet duology?
My fantasy duet lead, Era Tarandos, isn’t a high and mighty being. She does have unimaginable power and immortality, but on the inside she’s still a human. She’s a plus size woman, who is insecure about her weight and appearance. She’s not always fearless. There are moments where she’s absolutely terrified, and I think that’s what makes her unique and relatable. She’s just like any other woman out there, with only a few mythical characteristics to make her singular.
This blogger: Era sounds like a real, three-dimensional character (barring the superpowers and the immortality of course). She is definitely relatable as a person, and I have yet to come across any plus-sized heroes, male or female. Thus, Era is truly unique!
Which of the characters that you’ve written is most like you? And why?
All my female leads are based off me. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. I use fiction to talk about the things I’ve faced, and still do face in my day-to-day life. It’s a great outlet for me. Plus, when readers come out and tell me how much they could relate to my heroines, it makes me feel accomplished.
This blogger: First, that’s very honest of you and thank you for sharing that with us. Second, I can only imagine how gratifying it must be to have people tell you that they loved and related to your characters. I dream and yearn for such a day. (*Smiles*.)
If you could give your younger self some advice about the writing process, what would it be?
Please, in the name of the Lord, be less dramatic! Heaven knows you’re an emotional wreck 😂
What is the part about writing that has surprised you most?
How easily some characters speak to me. I’ve had a few who I just couldn’t write about, and then there are those who I can’t stop writing about. My lead characters from my upcoming release (Can We Pretend?) are a great example of the latter. I had to forcibly stop myself from writing more and more about them. They’re both amazing and very special to me.
How has writing changed you?
One of the most outstanding things I’ve come to add into my routine ever since publishing my first book is perception. I’ve changed the way I think. I’ve learned to avoid certain things and to approach other things in a way different from the way I used to before.
This blogger: That is some change! Wow! It is astonishing what writing can do. I am very happy that it has had such a positive effect on you.
What is your favourite (most inspiring) quote, and how has it influenced you in your writing journey?
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” — Shakespeare. This quote right here is the reason my romance leads face a shit ton of problems and drama before getting their HEA 😂.
This blogger: (*Laughs*.) Well, Shakespeare is the king of writing tragic love stories. There are none better; although, it’s good to know that your endings generally end happier for your characters than the ones that often befall his.
Lastly, what do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to sketch with my music on, of course. I’ll draw anything, cartoon-style. The sense of calm that I get when my pencil scrapes against the paper — it’s simply incomparable.
End of Interview
Thus ends our terrific interview with author Pearl Khatri. I would like to thank her for her time, and to say that it has been wonderful interviewing her. I wish her all the best with her future writings, her drawings, and her other interesting ventures.
You can purchase Pearl’s Top 100 romance novel, Those Chance Encounters, among her other novels on Amazon. In addition, follow Pearl on Instagram and on Twitter; and check out her Goodreads and Bookbub pages to know exactly when Can We Pretend? will be released.
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