- Title: Julie & Kishore
- Author: Carol Jackson
- Genre: Interracial/Contemporary Romance
- Length: 214 pages
- Release Date: September 2014
- ISBN-13: 978-0692262313
- Imprint: Libertine Press
Julie – a Kiwi girl, a red headed, freckle faced, plain Jane longed to wear a white wedding dress and see her handsome groom waiting for her and she took her walk up the isle.
She was waiting to find her Mr Right – then she met and fell for Kishore, a boy from India who had been in New Zealand for two years.
Despite her reservations she decides to go out with him. In doing this, was she going against all that was deemed acceptable?
How would her parents react?
If their relationship blossomed would Kishore’s very traditional Indian family accept an English girl into their family? Can their love survive?
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About the Author
I am born, bred and live in Auckland, New Zealand. In real life, just like my books, I am married to an Indian man. My husband and I have been together for more than twenty years. Friends and family urged me to write a book about us, finally I found the time. Julie & Kishore is loosely based on my life, although I have changed too much of the content to call it non-fiction. I have written two books, Julie & Kishore and the sequel, Julie & Kishore – Take Two. I am currently writing a third, Nina’s Art, which involves many of the same characters but is a different story.
1. How did your life as a writer begin?
Just like Julie & Kishore, I met my real life husband who is from India when I was 18 years old. At that time he had been in New Zealand for two years. We faced some adversity as an inter-racial couple in the ‘80’s. For a long time I wanted to write a book about us, but work, life and children took over. Eventually we started our own business and I did some of the work from home. My children were at school and this enabled me to find time to write.
2. What makes you feel inspired to write?
I LOVE our story! I want other people to read about it. While writing I kept thinking of people reading the finished book and their thought patterns as they read it, this encouraged me to keep going. Julie & Kishore is based on my real life but I have changed a lot of the content to make the story more interesting so of course it is fiction. In the book I have included many explanations of Indian customs and cultural ways. When I met my husband I had no idea about Indian people and their lives – like most people at that time. Any knowledge I did have, I was to find out I was so wrong! I want other people to understand the Indian culture from my point of view.
If I ever felt despondent while writing I thought of ‘Dory’ from Finding Nemo and muttered to myself ‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…’
3. What is your favourite scene in the book? Why?
My favourite scene in the book is when Julie is standing in the garden at her wedding and the elderly neighbour Mrs Roberts hands over to her a sliver cross necklace. I love they way this gesture connects Julie to her homeland, at a time when she is feeling so frightened and nervous. Julie, as a plain-Jane Kiwi girl, suddenly wonders as she stands in her full Indian wedding outfit, about to be married – how on earth did I wind up like this? She admits she is not religious but as she feels so despondent, she needs some sort of comforting gesture to give her strength. Mrs Roberts as a Christian-Indian woman provides such a selfless act. As her sister-in-law places the sliver necklace around Julie’s neck, the inter-mingling of the sliver and gold necklaces she now wears really ties together the two different cultures Julie has in her life and the scene comes nicely together.
4. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
It was – and still is – my goal to place in my Mother’s hands a copy of my printed book. I love my Mum dearly and she has always been a supportive and caring person in my life. It wasn’t until I became a Mother myself that I realised how much a Mother goes through to care for her child.
My other goal is to one day be out and about at the shops or at a café – anywhere in the world and to glance down as see a stranger reading my book! My book! That would be so exciting!
5. Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Unfortunately most of the authors who affected my childhood have passed away. I strongly believe the influences we face as children impact to make us who we are today. The authors I would have loved to have met are Laura Ingalls Wilder, Roald Dahl, E B White, Eleanor H Porter, C S Lewis and many more, I loved them all! I think a good book must be memorable and leave you thinking about it for days afterward. A book that I read recently that did this for me, was a book that I could not put down from beginning to end. This book is ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue. ‘Room’ certainly left me thinking, I would love to meet Emma and ask her why she wrote it the way she did and how she came up with the idea. Before I began Room I did not know it was from the point of view of a child and I did not know the boy and his Mother were living their existence in one room, it took me a while to realise this. I kept reading to try to figure out just what was going on, it was so interesting. I belong to a book club and I recommended it to my group, they loved it as well.
6. How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
We have a little Pomeranian dog, my husband and I enjoy taking him for walks, either at the local park, the beach or just around the streets. I also go to the gym, which is a great place for me to unwind (strange I know!) but while working out I can ‘zone out’ from life and just concentrate on my fitness without the Internet (facebook, twitter, google+, emails) or my phone. I also read a lot and enjoy watching movies.
7. Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I would love in my lifetime, to travel to Indonesia to the areas where people are trying to save the Orang-tans. I am a bit of a conservationist, I volunteer at Auckland Zoo and am especially passionate about the plight of these soulful orange creatures. They are threatened to become extinct if something is not done to save them. The main reason for their impending demise is because their homes are being destroyed to plant Palm Trees in Indonesia to make Palm Oil. Palm Oil is used in everyday products that we buy at the super-market.
To travel to Indonesia to see this devastation with my own eyes and visit the compounds where some of the Organ-tans have been rescued will help me to campaign and encourage me even more to do my part by spreading the word. This is certainly something on my bucket list.
8. What do you have in store next for your readers?
I have already written Julie & Kishore – Take Two, the sequel to Julie & Kishore. I am at the polishing and editing phase, which as any author knows is a repetitive and drawn-out process! I am also writing a third book, Nina’s Art, which has many of the same characters but is a different story.