Today we're excited to spotlight 10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Sandhya Menon).
Read on for more about Sandhya, plus a guest post!
Meet Sandhya Menon!
SANDHYA MENON is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi, Of Curses and Kisses, and many other novels that also feature lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been included in several cool places, including the Today show, Teen Vogue, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Visit her on Twitter @smenonbooks, Instagram @sandhyamenonbooks, and at SandhyaMenon.com.
Meet 10 Things I Hate About Pinky!
The follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie follows Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date—with disastrous and hilarious results.
Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.
Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.
Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they'll never forget.
~ Guest Post ~
Writing Rituals I Swear By
By Sandhya Menon
Writers, as a whole, are superstitious creatures. If something awesome happens when we’re, say, chewing strawberry gum, listening to Baby Shark, and wearing a striped jumpsuit, we’re going to chew strawberry gum, listen to Baby Shark, and wear striped jumpsuits as often as possible for the rest of our lives.
This is also how many writing rituals are born. I recently spoke with a writer friend of mine, and in the course of our conversation, we each shared writing rituals that have become such a part of our daily lives that we never even think about them anymore. In case you’re looking to add more superstitious nonsense rituals to your own creative work, here are my favorites that have yielded me many creatively productive hours!
- I always light a specific candle for each book. I’ve heard of writers creating playlists for books before they ever write a single word, but for me, it’s candle scents. I like my office to smell like my book when I’m writing it, and to me, each book smells very distinctive. Smell is such an immersive sense that as soon as I light the particular candle, I step into a different universe.
Here are a few I’ve used for my published books: When Dimple Met Rishi—Paris Café (from White Barn, Bath and Body Works); There’s Something about Sweetie—Cactus Blossom (also White Barn, Bath and Body Works); Of Curses and Kisses—Love (which is a rose and vanilla scent from the aromatherapy line at—you guessed it—Bath and Body Works).
- I brew tea. Now, I’m not as specific with my tea as I am with my candles—I don’t have particular teas for particular books—but I do like to match my teas to how I’m feeling on any given day. When I feel peppy and energetic, I tend to go for ginger teas or black teas. When I’m feeling mellow, I often reach for flavored white teas (pear is my fave) or honey vanilla chamomile. My husband once took me to a local tea shop where I bought bags of loose-leaf tea that were proprietary mixes of the tea shop owners: Heaven!
- I clean my space between books. Usually when I’m on deadline, I tend to accumulate a lot of crap on my desk and around it—reader mail that I don’t file right away, print-outs of plots or editorial letters, books or bookplates I need to mail out to contest winners, Post-It notes from me to me, etcetera. But once I’m done with my deadline, I feel like I can breathe again, and the first thing I want to do is clear out the hectic energy of deadline central. With every piece of paper I file or toss, it feels like I’m letting light and air back into my life. This usually is also accompanied by a burst of creativity that often inspires me with a new idea or the beginning sentences of a new book.
- I write my daily goal on a Post-It note, break it into mini goals, and then stick it to my laptop, right next to the trackpad. I don’t remember when I began doing this, but I do remember why: I wanted an easy way to post my writing goals to my Instagram stories so readers could follow along as I beat them (or failed miserably). I kept doing it because I found seeing a bite-sized breakdown of my goals really helped motivate me to keep going! So, for instance, this is what a Post-It note might look like on any given day:
Today’s Goal: 2000 words
Session 1: 500 words
Session 2: 500 words
Session 3: 500 words
Session 4: 500 words
As I finish each session, or mini goal, I cross it off my Post-It note. Instant visual feedback and positive reinforcement!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the writing rituals that help me. Feel free to take any of these, repurpose them, and use them in a way that works best for you. There are so many rituals that people from all walks of life indulge in, and I find them all fascinating!
10 Things I Hate About Pinky
Author: Katrina Moore
Publishing Date: July 21st, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse