Author Interview: ‘The Folded Notes’ by Mandz Singh

About the Book:

Inspired by history comes this breathtaking story of star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of colourful nineteenth century India…

A different world awaits Catherine Rose, an Englishwoman who travels with her mother from England to India. While her father, stationed at the Punjab University, is their direction, destiny intervenes and crosses her path with the educated and kind Kharak. A recently qualified engineer from Lahore who works for the Indian railways, he is as taken with the feminine, unreserved Englishwoman as she is with him. And so begins a breathtaking story of a starcrossed romance that is interwoven in between a fascinating period of history.

It is that history that prompted the author to put pen to paper and begin this enthralling tale. “Being the third generation immigrant in Kenya,” says Mandz, “I was inspired by the first Indian immigrants’ courage, hard work, desire to better their lives, and the sacrifices they made that influenced me to write a story about one individual’s journey to East Africa in the 1890s as a railway worker amongst the many who helped the expansion of the British Empire.” He goes on: “I knew I had a story that was inspired by true events to tell.”

The book’s other strong feature is the cross-cultural romance that would have been highly frowned upon at the time. With delicacy and care, the love story is woven into this historical backdrop, the pace swift so the reader wonders will it be true to the time or true to the heart?

Having travelled widely to three continents and researched the era since school, Mandz has put considerable time into instilling a sense of authority into the text which balances against the forbidden love affair that will linger long after the last page.

 

Review:

“The book’s cross-cultural relationship is refreshing, and its peek into sites around Lahore is delightful.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I have resided in three continents, lived in a gold rush town, travelled across Australia and stood in the elephant visiting caves of Mt Elgon. It was by accident that I started writing this book, when I bought my first laptop and being something new, I wanted to write and use it. So, I started writing a story.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Most of my novel was written in the train on my daily commute to and from work.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The historical event which my story is based on has always intrigued me since my days in primary school. The ideas came to me at night before falling asleep.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Initially, I thought of having a rigid plan, chapter by chapter but realized, that fit felt better to carry on writing and let the ideas unfold.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

The genre of this book was historical romance.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Dev Patel as the lead character, Jonny Depp as the villain and Emma stone

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I enjoy reading and Fredrick Forsyth is the author I admire the most.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Sapiens. A brief History of Humankind

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Day of the Jackal. It is an astonishing story, perfectly told.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Have a story, and just start writing and remember that it is like a marathon, so write page by page and eventually, you will end up with a book.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Having my first book published, Facebook is the only site I have set up at the moment.

 

About the Author:

Mandz Singh has resided on three continents, lived in a gold rush town, travelled across Australia, and stood in the elephant visiting caves of Mount Elgon. He lives in Berkshire.

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