I think I finally figured out why it’s so hard for me to talk about the launch of the final book in any series I write. I write tightly connected series where my characters find or make their own large, loud, loving family. Writing the last book and then celebrating the book birthday always feels like more of a goodbye than a hello. I’m feeling particularly nostalgic with the release of my final book in my Misguided Masala Matchmaker series, Stealing Mr. Right. Rani Kapoor was the first character I created. I envisioned her as our avatar in each book, making her wait until book four to finally find herself, and then love.
I often feel like I am stumbling through life, doubt whispering and somedays shouting. Rani is a reflection of what I think many of us feel. She sees herself on the outside, looking in, and yet, she never stops trying to chase her dreams, trying to do something amazing, trying to help her friends and family, trying, trying, trying…. Rani brings the light. She also drags in the longing, the doubt, the determination. She’s as deeply flawed as she is inspirational and aspirational. Rani evolves during the series, and I feel quite maternal towards her. (My daughter, Lakshmi, was wide-eyed stunned that I could love one of my characters like a daughter, but I think many authors and romance readers fall in love with certain characters who come to life and stick with us.)
If you have read any of the books in the series, Rani attempts to find love matches for her beloved cousin Rohan and her sisters Shanti and Asha using slap-dash science from her years starting and abandoning and staring anew college degrees. She succeeds through her mistakes, which I found hilariously ironic as so many of us in life try to play it safe and avoid mistakes. Rani’s method is more splat against the wall, or pavement.
Stealing Mr. Right is a romance, all the way but also a fun, and poignant exploration of identity. If you would like a chance for a signed print copy of one of the books in the Misguided Masala Matchmaker series and thematic reader swag, tell me about a time when you made what at first seemed a mistake, but yet turned out for the best. (2-3 winners will be chosen randomly. Must be US based for a print copy).
About the Author
Sinclair Sawhney is a former journalist and middle school teacher who holds a BA in Political Science and K-8 teaching certificate from the University of California, Irvine and a MS in Education with an emphasis in teaching writing from the University of Washington. She has worked as Senior Editor with Tule Publishing for over seven years. Writing as Sinclair Jayne she’s published fifteen short contemporary romances with Tule Publishing with another four books being released in 2021. Married for over twenty-four years, she has two children, and when she isn’t writing or editing, she and her husband, Deepak, are hosting wine tastings of their pinot noir and pinot noir rose at their vineyard Roshni, which is a Hindi word for light-filled, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Shaandaar!