Interview with Nalini Warriar, Author of Beguiling Julian

16 Mar 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Beguiling Julian?

Let this series sweep you off your feet. Bollywood glitter, skyscrapers in New York and Mumbai and a fabulous desert palace you’ll love. Beguiling Julian is a multicultural romance set in Mumbai, the Rajasthan desert and New York.

While nothing rattles the cool and collected composure of billionaire CEO Julian Westphal, head of the Orion Group, news of his visit to India is enough to crack Bollywood superstar Samaira Nayak’s. There’s a lot of baggage between them: they’re opposites; he was her brother Nik’s BF; he’s her ex-guardian and they live on opposite ends of the world. And that’s not counting the fact that Sam’s had a crush on Julian since forever.

The moment he sees Sam, Julian’s life is turned upside down. Now at twenty-two she’s a stunning beauty he can’t get out of his mind. He resists his feelings for Sam for she is his best friend’s little sister and out of bounds. He has betrayed Nik’s trust and his only goal now is to make amends.

Can Julian get past his guilt and can Sam accept Julian into her life? A threat to Sam’s life brings things into perspective and the only solution for Sam and Julian is a sham marriage. One thing leads to another and they’re left with burning unfulfilled desires for each other. Can they put aside their differences and give in to their dreams?

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Somerset Maugham and his short stories

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Far Pavillions by M.M.Kaye

Dynasty of Death by Taylor Caldwell

The Mallen Streak by Catherine Cookson

Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Rebecca Ryman. ‘How did your agent and publisher react when they heard/read about the interracial romance in this fascinating work of historical fiction?’ I’d also ask M.M Kaye the same question. Striking is the fact that both novels (1990 and 1978 for the latter) were published by St. Martins Press.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The creative part where the narrative develops slowly, trickling in phrase by phrase, paragraph by paragraph then evolves into this gushing waterfall of prose.

What is a typical day like for you?

Get up and have coffee/tea, catch up on ‘Breaking News’ to make sure the world is not falling apart and get in my word count for the day. Then go for a walk, or play pickleball.

What scene from Beguiling Julian was your favorite to write?

The scene where Sam confronts her fake husband and Julian discovers she’s a virgin. I hope it came off as hilarious because it was exactly what I was aiming for!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Bringing cultures together one book at a time.

Nalini Warriar is the author of the new book Beguiling Julian

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