Guest post: On music, writing, after-hours DJs and self-control, by Laxmi Hariharan


Today I am so excited to have the lovely Laxmi on the blog. Laxmi’s Ruby Iyer series is set in Bombay and truly captures this fascinating city, while taking readers along on an exciting emotional and action-packed journey. Not only that, but this lovely lady is donating her September proceeds to help Syrian refugees. Thanks for stopping by, Laxmi. – Lauren

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, about music and writing. I can only write with earphones stuck in my ears, music playing over it to drown out all the background noise in my head. It helps me focus. These days it also means applying self-control app to my computer so I also block out all the social media, and newspaper websites and Amazon websites too. Yah, yah. I know. It’s the equivalent of being blinkered, blinded and cut off from hearing anything in the real world. That’s what it takes to focus your mind. Or find a second of mindfulness in these multi-media turbulent times. But I digress. I was going to talk about music and writing.

As a teen, studying for my various exams, I had to listen to hard rock. That was it. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppellin, AC/DC, Bulletboys, Deep Purple. Yah, you get the drift. That was my bad girl, rebel, I hate the world, get out of my way before I run over you phase. Coming to think of it. I’m still in that phase. I just know how to hide it better

These days when I write it has to be electronica. Ideally mixed by Dutch or Detroit based DJs. Weird. Where did that come from right? But I find electronica in all its forms, especially techno and house, really help drown out the ambient noise in my head. It’s beats and no lyrics. So no distracting voices in my head. None other than the ones I hear when I write. Ha! Ha! Now you’re probably thinking I’m a bit schizophrenic which I probably am.

So my favourite radio channel right now, is this underground radio station called http://www.afterhoursdjs.org/ These DJs from Netherlands, Poland and Detroit have kept me company on many a night. Also I admit I have compiled a go-to, fail-safe, music to write to list on Spotify. And sharing it makes me feel almost as naked as sharing my books. Your music taste can tell a lot about you don’t you think? Also sheds so much light about your background and influences and what you are really, really thinking inside. Don’t judge me too harshly.

From the author:
The THIRD book in the RUBY IYER Series launches this month. To celebrate the launch of the FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY I am giving away a $30 gift card/ paypal cash. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be drawn, Oct 1, 2015, and announced in my next newsletter.

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About The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer Series)

His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind.

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram’s father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same.

Vikram thinks things will be better now that he’s gone. He’s met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered.

Now, his family’s life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them.

From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers.

“A killer ending and the pacing of the story and the build-up is really good. I related to Vikram, really liked it.” Richard Sheehan, Author and editor 

“I raced through the book… And the killer ending! Oh my God! It left me with a hangover, and makes me want to physically push the author to write the next book in the series faster.” Ritesh Kala, Book reviewer & blogger

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance series, The Ruby Iyer Series is it.

RUBY IYER’s won a few awards over the past month ^^ 2015 Readers’ Favorite (Bronze) YA Action| YA Finalist 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award. Finalist 9th Annual Indie Excellence Awards.

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You may have noticed a lot of media chatter around the fate of the Syrian refugees, especially the children, trying to find their way to a safer place. Over the past year I have often wanted to set up a channel to donate a portion of the lifelong earnings from the RUBY IYER series to the cause of the girl child in India. But the events of the last few days have spurred me on to do something, NOW.

So, all SEPTEMBER earnings from the RUBY IYER SERIES will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN: SUPPORT CHILD REFUGEES OF SYRIA. All the RUBY IYER books with their brand new covers, are on SALE all this month at 99p/c & Rs 69/49. Click HERE to buy them.

YOU can also donate to SAVE THE CHILDREN directly HERE

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