My name is SiriGuruDev Kaur Khalsa Singh and I was born in Orlando, Florida on June 22nd in 1976. I live between New Mexico and Punjab with my husband, two daughters, and extended relatives, traveling around Asia and Europe reluctantly as those who get nauseated in modes of transportation will understand. I grew up attending boarding school in Northern India and always dreamed of being a writer. Thanks to Amazon and self-publishing, dreams really do come true.
Writing this book has been an amazing journey and I have been blessed to have so many people helping and encouraging me every step of the way. My advice to anyone who wants to write is there is absolutely nothing but yourself stopping you. If you truly love to tell stories, just do it. And when people give you harsh feedback, don't give up. Take the input seriously (it's actually more helpful and productive than nice feedback), learn from your mistakes, always hire an editor and, above all,
Some likes and dislikes...
Let's see. Likes. Other than writing and reading, I like naps, music that cheers the soul, quiet and peaceful laps in an otherwise empty swimming pool, eating fried and cheesy food, laughing with friends and family, and avoiding social occasions.
Dislikes. Over-priced brand-name crap, string beans, being stuck in meetings where people like to hear themselves use big words without actually saying anything, the reptile family (I'm trying to get better about this one. The way some feel about spiders and bugs, I feel about reptiles. It's not logical. I'm sure most of them are very nice once you get to know them), children going berserk and screaming in my house after eight o'clock at night, just pain in general, and math.
Random Questions From Random Questionnaires
What fictional character has the best style?
Throne of Glass's Celaena Sardothein
Your book fictional crush?
Jace Wayland, Ziri, Kaz Brekker
Have you ever loved a character but then started to hate them?
No. The opposite happens, though. Shatter Me Trilogy, anyone?
Longest book on your shelf
War & Peace
Shortest book on your shelf
The Little Prince
Heaviest book on your shelf
City of Heavenly Fire
Do you have any book posters?
Maggie Stiefvater's drawing of The Raven Boys
Do you have any book-themed jewelry?
No. I wish!
Bella and Edward
Favorite book series
As of now, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Funniest book you've read
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens
Favorite book to movie soundtrack
The Godfather, parts one & two (but it's one book, so...)
A book story you miss/wish would continue
Favorite YA stand alone
It's hard to decide between The Scorpio Races and The Night Circus
How old were you when you started reading books
Which Hogwarts house would you be in?
I feel like we could slack off and read fiction the most in Slytherin,
but we would laugh the most in Gryffindor, so it's hard to decide.
Quality you look for in a book
A good story!
Favorite book quote
How can anyone pick a favorite? Well, you can't go wrong with Shakespeare.
'Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!'
It has to be shouted to get the full impact.
Living? And YA? Cassandra Clare!
Favorite book cover
The Scorpio Races
Action or romance?
Either, or? I guess action. But it still needs romance!
Where do you go when a sad moment happens?
I keep reading. With tissue.
How long do you need to finish a book?
It depends how engrossed I am. And how long the book is.
How long is your mourning period?
One day? Half a day.
Least favorite YA series
Mean question. Umm...I stopped reading book two of The Remnant Chronicles, so...
Turn on in a character
Bravery, heroic self-sacrifice
Turn off in a character
Lying for no apparent reason, stressing over shallow shit like hair and wardrobe in life-threatening situations
Name a scary book
Stephen King's The Shining
Last book that made you cry
Almost every book I read makes me cry, so that would be Eleanor & Park
Last book that you gave five stars
Six of Crows!
Any favorite book titles?
There's so many! Eclipse, Woken Furies, Altered Carbon, Cujo, Kim, Crooked House
Book you're currently reading
I'm currently reading the Jackaby series by William Ritter
The most recent book adaptation you watched
The Expanse and The Shannara Chronicles
A book character you would want to talk to
Ziri from Days of Blood & Starlight
An author you always wanted to meet
Favorite book snack
Chips of various kinds, chili cheese, string cheese, chocolate. Basically the "Ch" diet.
Book world you would want to live in
No thanks. Are you insane?
Book world you DON'T want to live in
The books I enjoy reading? Pretty much all of them.
Last time you smelled a book
Right now, this instant
Weird insults used in books
I know there are a bunch, but, stars above, I can't think of any!
Favorite romance book
The Infernal Devices trilogy, the Twilight series. These can be counted as romances, right?
Favorite magical item
Your quidditch position
Sitting in the stands, reading. Or complaining about the cold between reading.
A song you connect to a book
AFI 17Crimes for The Mortal Instruments
Favorite book fandom
I'm Not Obsessed, I Just Love To Read
How many books do you own?
No idea. Quite a few, but not as many as I'd like to.
Your ideal day
Wake up at five in a breathtaking tropical resort somewhere in The Caribbean
and finish my meditations as the sun rises.
Then breakfast of fruit I can never find in New Mexico, blueberry pancakes, fresh mango juice, and hot chocolate with Stephen King, Lee Child, and Michael Connelly, arguing, learning, and laughing over writing stuff.
Take a two hour nap near the ocean.
Write for three hours in a surrounded-by-gardens cabin.
Lunch with Cassandra Clare where she helps me with plotting future books over delicious Italian food.
Write for another three hours.
Meet Jackie Chan on the set of my book-turned-movie that he's directing and watch an awesome fight scene be filmed. Head over to the beach for a dinner party where Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Juan Magan are performing live,
dance and eat awesome Indian food involving lots of paneer with all my closest friends and family.
Then relax around the pool with Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, Laini Taylor, Holly Black, and Leigh Bardugo
bonding and talking about books until at least midnight.
Join my husband (who's been happily golfing and visiting with friends all day) in our everything-is-done-for-you room.