Category Archives: Paranormal Romance


I must confess I am not through blogging. I blog a great deal where I work and that has led me to the illusion that I am blogging after all and have left nothing behind.But I have, of course.

Waxing eloquent about poetry is not enough– you must pursue it, but as this is my place of honesty, I have not been pursuing poetry for a while now. Not at all– all my interests are going prosaic and this worries me. Though I did madly read Philip Levine the other day.

There are many things about me that my blog has not touched and I find this strange.


The first #book(see I’m a hashtag addict) I ever wrote was a self-help book. It took a couple of years for all the wheels and cogs to come together, but I wrote it to see if 326 pages was possible. It was.

Then I wrote a short novella, and considering that this is my blog and that it must be self-serving, I should have done more work on the paranormal romance genre and speculative fiction genre in general.

Has it ever happened to you that you have been blogging for a long time and you suddenly realized that you had a place at your disposal to say so many things, and you didn’t? I envy those who use their fbs and twitters to speak so fluently about the place where they are at.

It calls for some kind of fluency of the fingers to type out your life to your timeline.

When will I ever learn to do it–must I? Must you?

Of course.

© neelthemuse, 2015
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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Books, Day to day, Fiction, Paranormal Romance


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Writing Here

The literary scene is good in South Asia. Kind of like an ancient Banyan spreading it’s life across the horizon….


I’m telling you this because it wasn’t like this at all when I was growing up. I lived in the Middle East and my father being a voracious reader got us books mostly by foreign authors. So I grew up reading a lot of British and American and Russian writing because that was all there was. Except for the occasional Ruskin Bond or R.K.Narayan.

Of course all this has changed. Now everywhere I look, someone tells me in a conspiratorial voice that he or she is an aspiring writer or a closet writer or a blogger or a freelancer.

Publishing houses are excited about the next big thing. Editors are on the look out for a manuscript they can ‘clean’ up. Facebook groups by writers, for writers and of writers are atomically exploding online. Mine included.

Every writer has a blog has a twitter account has a pinterest has a tumblr has an instagram.

Every book is alive and speaking in its own voice asking for reviews @ Amazon and Goodreads.

The new Festival in this Festive land where holidays are the norm rather than the rarity is the Lit Fest.

Performance Poetry Workshops are seeing puppeteers, theatre artists, publishers, engineers, teachers and marketing gurus composing poetry and enacting them in open spaces.

Eminent writers chat pleasantries while sipping spiced tea with wide-eyed wannabes and discuss the publication scenario.

Tiny groups of writers get together in cafes to free write and find themselves.

So although there is a view that there are way too many writers and all the writing that comes out is not all that good- it is an exciting time to be a writer in South Asia.

Lucky to be here!

neelthemuse@ 2014

Check out my book Unsettled @ Amazon


Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Books, Dark fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal Romance


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Of Amazon and other things

This year my first ebook came out and now it’s available at Amazon, Smashwords and itunes. YAY!

Writing a book is not what you imagine it to be. I had a very different idea about what it meant.

What is writing a book then?

It’s a beginning. When you start writing a story like Unsettled, a novella of 20,000 words, and you finish the story, you realize that here’s something you could do for a long time.

It’s a search. The story talks about a court poet’s ordeal when he loses his words for the love of a temptress. Writing about a poet seemed to be the most natural thing for me to do…I suspect that is why I was able to write it in four weeks. Any other story would take much longer as I’ve already started to figure out.

It’s connecting. I’ve met many lovely writers and editors. Everyone I’ve interacted with has taught me something new.

It’s being willing to start over. I’ve started reading books from the beginning to the end(an achievement because I usually stop half way),  discovered some lovely writing talent in my own home turf, and begun to contemplate on poetry books with more than casual curiosity.

It’s marketing. This year I was hit by the fb bug. When you write a story you have to ask friends, family, the entire Universe to conspire in your happiness. And it’s not just on fb that you pitch your story.

Once you’ve written the book, the story of the story is a different story altogether. So far, it’s been a learning curve of the highest order and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better things.

neelthemuse@ 2013

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If Hamlet were an ebook author he would say


To promote or not  promote, that is the question

 Whether tis nobler in the mind to pray

Someone downloads your book

Or take arms and persuade readers to explore

And by nagging begin? To believe that your words

Could launch a thousand clicks, ten thousand, virality,

Oh Bieber, Bieber you innocent project of Luck,

The Gods they change, from aeon to aeon,

Here you are despicable writer, on your knees,

Supplicating minion of the Word

Can you bear the unkindness of unknown readers,

the negligence of fingers that do not click,

the ignorance of credit card holders, the gateways

that grate the fingernails of anxious writer, anxious you,

when can you leave all this behind? The hours and hours

of surfing, the liking and unliking,

the fawning and cajoling, the spider’s web in you expanding

into a dream, your dreams now a network of jpgs. Soft now!

A reader comes, be on your best behaviour, smile, say cheese,

fall on your knees, say ‘Read’!

(I apologize to all my English Professors for this desecration of Hamlet’s unparalleled speech!)


neelthemuse@ 2013

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Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Dark fantasy, humour, Paranormal Romance


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