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Guest Blogger: Suleikha Snyder (Contest)
Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Thanks so much, Delilah, for having me as a guest! And, don’t worry, I came alone — I didn’t bring my voices! Many authors talk about how their characters “speak” to them, and there’s frequently that teasing back-and-forth argument you have with a scene you’re currently writing: “Stop that. I’m in charge. Go sit in the corner.” I’ve certainly felt that way on more than one occasion. But I also have other voices: when I’m reading aloud!

Recently, I engaged in my first-ever public appearances as an author — reading from my debut Samhain novella, Spice and Smoke. Set completely in India and featuring an all-Indian cast of characters, it’s hardly text that matches my high-pitched, Valley Girl-Betty Boop patter. Let’s face it: I’m a tiny little Indian-American chick who cusses like a longshoreman. Bollywood hero or heroine, I’m not! But my third person narration, at least in my head, is that of a warm, husky, Indian accent…and the voices of my leads — from Avinash Kumar’s rough rumble to Michael Gill’s more casual mix of British and Indian — are distinct as well.

So, when I got up to the microphone, first at NYC’s Happy Ending lounge for Ravenous Nights (, and then at Madame X for Lady Jane’s Salon, I read in accents. Yup, I did voices. And, I’ll be frank, you never know if you’re going to sink or swim until you’re in the middle of it, praying people are engaged or laughing or fanning themselves. My dialogue, fortunately, offers a lot of cues. Many multilingual Indians effortlessly blend their languages, throwing a little Hindi into their English and vice versa — and I utilized that in my writing. When you’re dropping in a “yaar” (pal/buddy, sort of operates like “dude”), or a “na?” (no, used like a Canadian “eh?”), it really helps enrich what you’re sharing with an audience. It forced me to inhabit the bodies of these tall, handsome, desi boys…who wouldn’t know a Valley Girl if she walked up and kissed them full on the mouth!

To join the conversation, check out Spice and Smoke; it’s available at all major e-tailers, as well as the Samhain Publishing store.

Leave a comment on this post, and one lucky winner
 will snag a copy in the format of her choice!

Editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek, Suleikha Snyder published her first romantic short in Ravenous Romance’s 2011 TOUCHDOWNS anthology. 2012 brought a bevy of releases, including Suleikha’s first novella from Samhain Publishing, SPICE AND SMOKE, a Wild Rose Press short story called HEART MURMURS, and a short in Cleis Press’ SUITE ENCOUNTERS. Suleikha lives in New York City, finding inspiration in Bollywood films, daytime and primetime soaps, and Hell’s Kitchen wine bars.

11 comments to “Guest Blogger: Suleikha Snyder (Contest)”

  1. Ebony Morton
    · May 13th, 2012 at 8:32 am · Link

    Cool !!! giveaway .

  2. Kaylee Fox
    · May 13th, 2012 at 8:41 am · Link

    Looks like an interesting read and nice giveaway

  3. Jolene A
    · May 13th, 2012 at 9:07 am · Link

    Looks like a great read, thanks for the chance to win

  4. Susan
    · May 13th, 2012 at 10:18 am · Link

    Congratulations on your latest release, it sounds great! That is a fantastic excerpt!

  5. Melissa Porter
    · May 13th, 2012 at 1:32 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt. Adding anohter book on my need to get list. It sound pretty good.

  6. CindyB
    · May 13th, 2012 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Where did the idea for the plot come from? Thanks for the excerpt.

  7. Suleikha Snyder
    · May 13th, 2012 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Thanks, everyone! CindyB, the idea for the plot came from watching way, WAY too many Indian movies.

  8. Fedora
    · May 13th, 2012 at 3:16 pm · Link

    How exciting, Suleikha! And love that you read using voices! I’d love to attend a book-reading like that one of these days! (Quite the change from baby storytime, I imagine ;)) Congrats and hope you’re having a great weekend!

  9. Sarah Gregson
    · May 13th, 2012 at 5:26 pm · Link

    You are a great auther. I can say that you were the one that got me into reading books. would only read fourm haha enjoyed them then i found Into the darkness and now cant put a book down. Thank you so much 😛

  10. Becky Ward
    · May 13th, 2012 at 9:08 pm · Link

    Suleikha Snyder you are a new author to me so I’m going to check your books out. Spice and Smoke sounds like a very interesting story.

  11. Suleikha Snyder
    · May 16th, 2012 at 7:25 pm · Link

    I chose the winner via random number generator! :::drumroll::: Fedora, could you please e-mail me at to claim your prize in the format of your choice?

    Thanks, Delilah, for hosting me and this giveaway!

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