With: Ayesha Patel
1.) Location: I grew up in Texas and I know some places in Austin like the back of my hand, but I know those places by sight, not by name. I’ve been to Houston often, but I don’t know it well enough to write about it without research. Surrounding towns (ie: Pasadena) and highways between Austin and Houston required some research. Most places (The Harmon’s Brewery and the hospital) are imaginary. When Priya goes to India, her travels and location details are from memory. It’s fun to go off imagination and make up whatever I want, but there was still a good amount of research that went into locations.
2.) Profession: Priya is a medical resident and most of her experiences stem from my own experiences, observations, and stories told to me by some of the medical residents coming through this year. However, Tyler is an astrophysicist at NASA, which required a lot more thought and research, especially when it came to his analytical approaches to situations and physics jokes. I will proudly admit that I came up with my own physics jokes…now if they’re funny to readers is an entirely different story.
3.) Culture: I grew up in Texas, which tends to have its own culture apart from the broad generalization of America. I’m also married to an American, so that adds to the built-in understanding of Americans. Being Indian, growing up around the Indian community, festivities, and expectations offered an innate basis for Priya. However, I had to do extensive research to make sure I portrayed things accurately, especially vocabulary and spelling. My brother helped to refine diction.
PRIYA IN HEELS
A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…
Love doesn’t conquer all…does it?
Priyanka Patel is the epitome of an obedient daughter. She’s finishing up her medical residency at one of Houston’s busiest emergency departments, and has agreed—albeit reluctantly—to marry the man her family has chosen for her. The only thing that can derail the “perfect” life laid out before her is the sexy musician down the hall who wants into her life…and into her bed.
Tyler O’Connor has been infatuated with Priya since she treated his sprained ankle in the ER, and after saving her from a brutal attack, he can't get her out of his head. When Priya puts her family's wishes before their relationship, agreeing to an arranged marriage with another man, Tyler is devastated.
But love is fierce and unreasonable and clashes with the carefully sculpted life her parents want for her. Is going after her heart such a big deal, or will it truly unravel Priya’s world?