Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Trust Your Instincts! Shaya Roy, #Romance Author #Giveaway




Welcome to my week-long author spotlight focusing on my fellow 4 authors of the Winter's Sweet Kiss anthology!

Each is going to share a bit about their own scribbling sojourn.

Today is a special treat - Shaya Roy, first time published author! I'm super excited to share this antho with her - I remember my first 'break' as well! 


Some six months ago, on a random sunny morning, some nerve connection must have misfired in my brain. Because I got this sudden, insane desire to actually try to publish one of my stories. I’ve been writing for years with the intention to publish something, sometime, somewhere, but I never thought it would be this soon.

And as soon as the desire got hold of me, it wouldn’t let go. Since I live in India, the Internet is the only way I can reach publishing in the US and so I practically glued myself to my laptop. I googled like crazy and joined various publishing-oriented sites (AgentQuery Connect was one of the most useful). I stored away every new piece of information I learnt from wise people on the net about query letters and publishers and agents and what-to-do and what-absolutely-not-to-do-even-if-you-are-totally-drunk-and-wasted-and-it’s-New-Years-Eve. Slowly and steadily, I started to understand what people were talking about…and felt a little less like a deer caught between headlights.

The next step was mustering up the courage to actually submit one of my stories somewhere. I’m the look-before-you-leap-then-look-again type, so rather than plunging myself into the sea fully-clothed, I decided to dip a small toe in the waters first. Submitting a short story for an anthology seemed a good - and safe - way to begin. So I trawled around for anthology calls on the Internet and found The One from Roane Publishing - The One being an anthology topic that instantly clicked with me, and made me want to write. After verifying the company (and this is important, because there are a lot of scams in this business), I typed up my story. Edited it. Sent the finished product to a couple of beta-readers and then half-agonized, half-disbelieving, pressed the ‘Send’ button. My fingers – and stomach – twisted themselves into a tight knot.

The next morning, I saw the email from Roane and the knot unraveled.  I wandered around dazed for that day, and then instantly starting googling what comes next. (Yes, I’m big on research :D)

So that’s the beginning of my publishing journey. I hope the road ahead is super-long and eventful and wish every aspiring writer out there all the best! I’ve noticed that you don’t have to be an amazing writer to succeed in this business (though that certainly helps!). 

You just have to trust your instincts and never give up.

And make the Internet your best friend ;)

- Shaya


By Shaya Roy

Newlyweds in an arranged marriage, Naina and Dev go to the mountains of Shimla, India in search of snow. Unfortunately, they find fifteen inches more than they expected.

Being snowed in with her husband is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives Naina an excellent excuse to snuggle up to her deep, quiet man, but every time Dev spurns her, a little more of her heart drips away. Melting the ice around her husband’s heart before the snow outside does might take more pride than Naina’s ready to surrender. 

Purchase Links:

Print Copies
Createspace (Print - Best Option)
Amazon (Print)

eBook Copies

Amazon (UK)
Barnes and Noble

All Romance eBooks


 About Shaya Roy

Shaya Roy writes romance. She also reads romance. A lot.

Although she technically lives in Mumbai, India, she spends a lot more time living in her head, dreaming up fluffy, warm-fuzzy scenes between her characters. The other scenes (the emotional, depressing ones) are directly typed on the computer ;)

She also has a background in psychology and an intense fascination with the mind. Her stories tend to have guaranteed HEAs, heroes who’re mad about their heroines and heroines who’re mad right back. 

She welcomes feedback from her readers.  


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Terri! Sorry I'm late but couldn't access the net on my holiday :)