Time management - there are times when daily living gets in the way and you can't be by the keyboard. Then there's the infamous malady of writer's block. But I think the hardest part is marketing - I'm not very good at touting my own work.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Girl Within Girl?
The book is dark erotica, yet a thriller at the same time, and the story weaves in and out of three lives of the same woman, each one full of unknown consequences, keeping the reader on edge as to what is going to happen next. In short, there is an entertainment element besides the sex scenes in glamorous situations - there is a strong plot, something not easy to find in erotica novels.
Another aspect of the story which would appeal to many readers is the ability to escape out of the ordinary humdrum of our lives.
Each of us has multiple sides to our personality. On top of that, many people have fantasies of being someone else and of doing things that go outside the boundaries of our day-to-day existence. For Katrina Novack, she can accomplish these things through her alter-egos of Cherry Cummins, the freelance photojournalist who travels to exotic places and meets many famous people, and Anisa Grant, a kick-ass spy assassin who succeeds in her missions through cold calculation and ruthless execution.
What inspired you to write this book?
Inspiration came from my husband (also an undiscovered author), but the idea came from the true story of Candy Jones, a popular pinup girl of the 1940's, who, a decade later, ended up as a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA. I read a book, The CIA's Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain, and I thought this would make a good novel. Candy went on missions under an alter-ego called Arlene Grant, but Candy was unaware of what Arlene did. In other words she was a real life Manchurian Candidate.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It varies from zero to four hours. I'm not very disciplined. I'll have to work on that.
Name your top five favourite books?
Delta of Venus by Anais Nin, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Far from the Madding crowd by Thomas Hardy, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Passion for the Game by Sylvia Day
What are you working on now?
I'm working on Book 2: Healing. Book 1: Unraveling, is a rather light, entertaining treatment of this subject, but during the course of my research into the government's mind control program, MKULTRA, I began to see that the experiments, which were carried out on unwitting people in reputable hospitals, formed a more serious topic, especially after I read books by those who claim to have been victims. In Book 2: Healing, I will try to go into more detail on what exactly had been done to these people, but it will have a positive ending.
I envision the series to comprise of three short novels. After the third one, I'll go on to something else. I do have other ideas in mind, and I can't wait to try them out.
Title: Girl Within Girl
Author: S.P. Aruna
Genre: Erotic Thriller
Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.
Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind control and torture
Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I’m a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.