Romance Author Charlene Namdhari Answers 10 Questions
She's "naughty, but nice" and with a second romance novel under her belt, we get to learn a little bit more about this talented South African romance author.
1. If you have to describe yourself, what three phrases come to mind?
I’m naughty but nice
Hard to say no
Like a challenge
2. Congratulations on you new book. This one is very different from your first one. What was the inspiration behind it?
I think the fact that I wanted to be a cop when I was younger and always saw myself as a tough cop, if I ever was one. And what better partner to a sassy cop than a sexy billionaire?
3. Would you describe your main character as true 21st century woman? What do you like most about her?
Yes, she is. She’s tough, sassy and goes after what she wants.
4. Your first book was traditionally published. What made you go the self-publishing route with Undercover Affection?
I'm very grateful to Wildrose Press for giving me the opportunity on my debut novel. Traditional publishing is a long process and there’s no guarantee every book would be accepted. To build my brand I need to build my backlist, hence the reason to go the self-publishing route.
5. What characteristics do you consider essential for a 21st century romantic hero?
He needs to be caring, loving, understanding and know how to take care of a woman. While these characteristics are great, he needs a little arrogance and alpha tendencies especially in the bedroom. Communication is key in any relationship and will bring the most unlikeliest of couples together.
6.Let's talk about the creative process. How long did it take you to write Undercover Affection?
Honestly, it was written a long time ago, like most of my storie, but I never worried about publishing any. It was done mainly as a hobby. That said, I think it took about a month to write.
7. Your ideal setting for a romance - city, countryside, sea or space?
Countryside – weather will always give rise to romance whether sunny or rainy.
8. Tell us about your go-to place for inspiration or how to counter writer's block?
I believe in writing when you want to. This way you’re not forcing yourself to think. The flow is then smoother. And when you do write, just write, don’t edit or overthink a situation, that can come later.
9. Describe your idea of a romantic night out?
The scene in Undercover Affection comes to mind. A quiet dinner at a fancy restaurant, followed by a walk in the square and maybe a dip in the fountain like our couple, followed by a deep, sexy kiss.
10. What project is next for you and when can your fans expect your next book?
I’m busy working on Book Two of the Fire and Ice series. The second book to my debut novel, Daredevil’s Mistress, is currently sitting with the editor. If you read my debut novel and met Reece, the hero’s younger brother, this is his story.
Here's what Undercover Affection is all about:
Their attraction undeniable…Their love illicit
Ashni Scott Callahan is a tough as nails detective with no time for love. She’s taken down drug lords, human traffickers and diamond smugglers. So going undercover is as easy as eating a slice of pie. That is until she has to spy on sexy billionaire, Avinash Rai. Could a potential criminal be this delicious? One slice, she soon discovers is not enough, she wants to lick the whole damn plate.
Avinash Rai, hardworking billionaire, takes what he wants when he wants, but prides himself on honesty. He’s a man women don’t ignore, that is until a sexy stranger visits his usual hangouts without so much as a glance in his direction. Intrigued, he’s up for the challenge. Only, nothing prepares him for her spirited personality or their intense attraction.
Will Ashni surrender to the man’s charms and jeopardize her case? Will Avinash finally understand his father’s motto: in life, you win some, you lose some and then you fall in love? And will he be able to forgive Ashni’s lies?
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