Mina: Thank you so much for having me over at SSLY! (Love the name of your blog, btw). I work as a food columnist for my day job and write exotic genie romance at night. Sometimes, I’ll also sneak in some multicultural women’s fiction. Originally I’m from Bangladesh, but now I’m married to a cowboy and living in West Texas.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Mina: A computer! 😀
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Mina: I started writing as a child and never stopped.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Mina: I like my heroes to be strong, but vulnerable, confident but not alpha-holes, and courageous. They should be able to laugh at themselves. They should do the right thing even when it’s the hardest option. And they should be able to love a woman for who she is without trying to change her.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
Mina: My favorite is Rukh, the djinn (genie) assassin hero in my first story, THE DJINN’S DILEMMA. He’s dangerous, mysterious, and drop-dead sexy with a snarky sense of humor. Love him!
I’m an organic writer so now charts and questionnaires involved. My protagonist usually pops into my head –in a great visual – and shares the beginning of his/her story. For example, A TALE OF TWO DJINNS came to be when I envisioned a man (of course, good looking!) standing on a hill at sunrise and he said, “All wars end in defeat.”
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Mina: Dialogue. It has to sound natural, yet has to be tighter, more interesting.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Mina: Some of my influences include Lois McMaster Bujold, Marjorie M. Liu, Caridad Pinero, Nalini Singh and many more. They not only shared their wonderful stories, but showed me that anything is possible if we can imagine it and make it happen.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Mina: Frost! From Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Mina: Sorry, I don’t do & tell 😉 But it always involves my Cowboy!
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Mina: I like strong, intelligent heroines. I don’t mind her being rescued by the hero, but she has to rescue him too.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Mina: It involved me spilling my drink on him and then accidentally pushing him into a fountain. Um, yes, surprisingly I can’t remember the guy’s name.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Mina: A forever charged e-reader with all my favorite books, notebook with a gazillion pages, writing implement.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Mina: Watching Bollywood movies!
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Mina: Oh there are so many things: so many stories that still have to be written, so many places I still have to travel to and explore, watching my kids grow up and achieve their own dreams and goals.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Mina: Lol, at RT 2013 I was looking for a group meet-up in the hotel bar (with people I’d never met) and went and chatted up Urban Fantasy Author Yasmine Galenorn without realizing who she was. Once her identity sunk in (after we exchanged cards), I went into total gushing, stammering fan-girl mode. She was very sweet, gracious and patient!
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Mina: Yellow! It’s bright and cheerful.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Mina: My parents. They were the first and longest-admired lovebirds in my life. They taught me what’s really important by loving each other through all ups and downs in life without fail.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Mina: My Cowboy! Yeehaw!
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Neither. 😉
Coffee or Tea? Definitely Coffee.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Both! *grin*
Hairy chest or smooth? Somewhere in between.
Chocolate or Vanilla? A little bit of this, and little bit of that.
Kinky or Sweet? Lol, I like variety.
Fast or slow? Depends on the mood.
Public or private? Private.
Top or bottom? Depends…
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sales of A Tale of Two Djinns are being donated to UNICEF.
Akshay (Shay for short), warrior prince of the earth djinns, earns the title of Crown Prince at a high cost when he loses his best friend in a battle against ancient enemies, the water djinns. Heartsick, he escapes to Earth to mourn.
Nothing gets the biological clock ticking (and elders lecturing) like almost dying in battle, so Maya, princess of the water djinns, travels to Earth for some no-strings-attached sex to fulfill her duty and produce an heir. But the beautiful and tough warrior gets more than she bargained for when she meets Shay.
Their not-so-simple one-night stand is interrupted by assassins and the world, as they know it, is changed forever. As Maya and Shay pull together to survive, both are determined to have their happily-ever-after and bring peace to their worlds — warring families, shadow assassins, and nosy busybodies be damned.
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.
A Tale of Two Djinns is a finalist in the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards (NERFA).
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