The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani ***Guest Post -- Giveaway***

The Storyteller's Secret 

by Sejal Badani

Category: Adult Fiction, 399 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher: Lake Union
Release date: September 2018
Tour dates: June 3 to July 12, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13
(There are some non-explicit sex scenes)


An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller!

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.

Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

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Guest Post

A Writer's Journey with Advice for New Writers

by Sejal Badani 


There’s a common saying amongst writers: Ask a thousand writers about their journey and you’ll get a thousand different stories.

I always wanted to be a writer. My first memory of my decision was reading a Judy Blume book at six years old then telling my sister I wanted to write. It took me over thirty years to achieve my dream. After the birth of my first child, I wrote a screenplay about two runners based off of my husband’s collegiate years. Without knowing the rules or rhymes I snail mailed it to over a hundred producers, contests, and studios. In between all the return letters telling me I was an idiot for sending the script without querying first there were some positive responses. From that encouragement, I made a foolproof plan for success. I scheduled my writing hours in between my son’s sleep time and work. I committed myself to publishing my first book or selling my first movie before he turned one. Unfortunately, my firstborn didn’t agree with my commitment. My second-born sided with him. The plan promptly fell apart.

In between raising my children I wrote what I could - screenplays, short stories, monologues for plays and novels. I bought every book I could find that gave advice on how to make it as a writer. I copyrighted every piece of writing (no matter how terrible and there was plenty) with the Library of Congress and the Writer’s Guild.

For every step forward there were two back. However, I refused to give up because a trip to any bookstore proved that it could be done. Soon I was an ABC/Disney Fellowship Finalist. Awards and commendations started coming in. With them in hand I put together a query letter for agents along with the first chapter of my novel. Over a hundred agents asked for my book. Two offered to sign me. My scream of joy could be heard down the block. Finally. And it only took thirty years after my declaration. J

My advice to writers would be to 1) Never give up 2) Never give up your day job. You don’t know how long the journey will take but if desperation is what drives you then you may lose sight of your passion. My road to success was a long and arduous one but I know many others who found success after their first few tries. It is impossible to predict but the most important thing is to never give up. And write. Write in every genre and medium you are comfortable with. Give yourself the opportunity to succeed. If being a writer is what you want then you can make it happen. Best of luck. J



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A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time.

She is a USA Today, Washington Post & Amazon Charts bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.

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