025. Tamara Lush on Wattpad, Serialized Fiction, International Narratives - PLUS The Love Riots by Noora Zaroon
Tamara Lush (romance writer and AP journalist) and I discuss Wattpad and Radish, where you can find serialized fiction by writers and for readers that are international, young, and diverse. We also talk about pacing yourself as a writer and what’s troubling Tamara about indie publishing.
The text we discuss today is a Wattpad story called The Love Riots by Delhi Belly, aka Noora Zaroon. This cross-genre story reminds us of the bonkbusters novels by Sidney Sheldon or Danielle Steel, and tells a gritty and sometimes uncomfortable story about a toxic inter-religious Romeo + Juliet relationship between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man in India. While this story explores a relationship, it is NOT a romance novel, and the ending is definitely not emotionally satisfying. We also discuss issues of dubious consent within the story.
- The Love Riots - Noora Zaroon / Delhi Belly
Today’s podcast is sponsored by Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by Cleis Press. Find out more at bweoftheyear.com/
Guest: Tamara Lush
New releases: All I Desire (Paradise Beach series): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50657498-all-i-desire
Constant Craving on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/113810867-constant-craving-the-complete-series
The Love Riots by Delhi Belly/Noora Zaroon
The Red- first book Tamara read on Radish
Becca Syme https://betterfasteracademy.com/ - Dear Writer, You Need To Quit
I mentioned how many middle class Indians have maids. Here’s an article that discusses a bit about how this luxury often comes at the cost of fair wages and working conditions: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/aug/16/i-wont-do-toilets-unvarnished-reality-life-maid-in-india-tripti-lahiri
After the recording I had a brief conversation with the author of this story, Noora Zaroon, on Instagram about some current issues and protests that helped me understand the context of the political climate. Here’s an article in
India Todaythat gives some insight: https://www.indiatoday.in/news-analysis/story/violent-protests-over-citizenship-act-how-indian-police-control-riots-1629350-2019-12-18
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