Shortly after completing the original draft of Duty and Desire, I learned that all novels had to fit in a genre.
Multicultural was the in-word at the time and it appeared to “fit” my work.
But when I asked myself if my characters were multicultural, the answer was no. They were characters whose opinions, values, beliefs, and faith were shaped by one culture – one vastly different from the West.
So what category should my novel be in if it is published in the West and it is about a culture mostly foreign to the West, Indian culture, even if Indian culture is a very multi-cultural society?
About the Author (Author Profile)
Anju Gattani, fiction author, international freelance journalist and former news reporter, has been published world-wide for over 2 decades in leading Asian and US publications.
Indian-born, Anju grew up in Hong Kong and has also lived in Australia, Singapore, and USA. Her fiction explores how cultures and traditions affect people values, beliefs and behavior patterns in today’s shrinking smart-world. She hopes to bridge cultures and break barriers one book at a time. ‘Duty and Desire’, the debut in Anju’s ‘Winds of Fire’ series, is available worldwide in hardcopy and on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple.
Anju majored in English Literature and studied Creative Writing from Australia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and 2 kids..