Quick Updates – #amwriting

I had planned for 2 short stories and 1 article on Writing to post in through April and May, but unfortunately, things got in the way (as they usually do) and I completely forgot about the drafts (some half-baked some ready to go up) sitting patiently on my dashboard. I thought I’ll get back to blogging regularly now by scheduling the posts – like I do with my reviews at The Reading Bud, but before that, I wanted to drop by and post updates about what’s been since 8th April, the last time I posted.

Updates –


  • Deceived has been entered for the Hindu Literary Prize 2017. Hindu is one of the top newspapers in India.
  • Deceived is being translated into Marathi (a regional language of Maharashtra, the State I live in.)
  • The English release of Deceived is set for 24th June and it might be a soft launch by the looks of it because we want to do a big launch cum release with at least 2 languages so most probably, that’ll be sometime in July as the translated Marathi version will be ready by then.
  • Deceived has crossed 66 ratings on Goodreads.
  • Deceived is now listed on Amazon.in (Amazon.com and other Amazons will still take another week or so.)
  • Book reviewers are loving Deceived and I’ve already made a few fans.
  • Sinister Town is going slow and steady and should be ready by the end of this year.


  • I have 3 Novel Critiques lined up for the coming days and I’m already booked until the 20th of July.
  • I have 1 editing lined up for the month of July so the rest of the July is also packed.
  • I’m working on 2 other projects for Citrus Publishers, mostly marketing and HR related.


  • I suffered a reading slump in late March, hence wasn’t able to read much for the last two months. These are the only books I read since April: Under The Dome by Stephen King, Hannah’s Moon by John A. Heldt, Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, Gerald’s Game by Stephen King, A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber, The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, Something Needs Bleeding by Thomas Singer and Christopher Long, Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg, The Bronx Kill by Philip Cioffari and The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
  • I have to read another 6 books by Grand Central Publishing, 2 by MM Publicity and 3 by EG Publicity for review. Other than these I have about 8 NetGalley books that I want to read ASAP and another 10 that I’ve bought. So I’ll be busy finishing these books in the coming weeks and months.


  • We had an awesome holiday in mid-April in Goa. Lots of sunbathing and booze.
  • We’re shifting to a bigger house – a row-bungalow on 1st June. And now I can finally get my pets.
  • We’re planning a trip to Thailand in August.
  • Right after the vacation, we’ll start our hunt for the perfect kitten and GSD pup!
  • I developed a bad rash on my arms and later found out that I am allergic to UV rays. The rash was due to extreme sunbathing in Goa last month. So I’m just trying to stay away from the direct sunlight as much as possible. 😦

Right now I’m busy with the shifting, readying the house for the Packers and Movers, so I’ll be seeing you guys next week. Stay tuned to my Twitter as I’ll be sharing the new bungalow’s pics there.

Do let me know how you spent your month. I’d be more than happy to know what you’ve been up to!

Ciao ❤

18 responses to “Quick Updates – #amwriting”

  1. Wow, you are busy, Heena! My month was more than busy aside from my son’s 18th birthday, there was the separation from my husband, and also working much much more, since my co-worker has called in sick for almost all month… but that’s ok. That way my own job situation benefitted a lot… lol!!!

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    • Yeah, it’d been a really busy month. Belated Happy Birthday to your son! And sorry to hear about the separation; life can be complicated at times, but at the end everything turns out to have been for good 🙂
      I’m happy that you’d be benefitted by your co-worker’s absence, but I do hope that he gets well soon!
      Loads of HUGS to you and know that I’m there with you, no matter what. Be strong. Sending you lots of prayers and strength ❤

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  2. Sounds like you are on the rise! I wish you luck in all that you do and accomplish. Did you ever self publish any of your work or did you find an agent to help you get published? Just wondering what route YOU took and welcoming any advice on what to do with one’s first attempt to publish.

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    • Hi, Anthony. Thanks a lot for your kind words and wishes.
      To answer your question, no, I have never used the self-publish route. My submission was direct and the book is getting traditionally published. Though, if you have any questions regarding self-publishing, do ask; I have a lot of friends who’ve self-published so I might be able to help you.
      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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  3. An amazing month for you! Reading this post has made me smile. ☺ I hope things keep going well. And I would love a cat too! One day…


  4. Wow! Heena you’ve really been busy. Congrats as Deceived has entered for the Hindu Literary Prize 2017…that’s really awesome. 🙂 I hope that by now you would have healed from the UV rays.
    Oh, and congratulations on the new business card too. 🙂

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