Author Interview The Folded Notes

How long have you been writing?

10 years with a 5 year gap

What is your favorite genre to write?

Historical Romance

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?


Please tell us about your book.

Catherine, an Englishwoman travels with her mother from England to India in 1898. While her father, stationed at the Punjab University, is their direction, destiny intervenes and crosses her path with Kharak, a recently qualified engineer from Lahore and so begins a journey of starcrossed romance. In disapproval, her father with the help of Ivan, a colonial engineer concieve a plan to avert her from falling in love with him by sending Kharak to work in the British East Africa Protectorate. With everything to lose, she follows him there hoping to express her love.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

She is daring, charming, lovable with a shining inner spirit. Ivan was my least favorite. He was scheming, evil and lacked compassion.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Realizing that writing a book is a slow process.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I used to write on my journey to and from work on the train. One has to have the story, its beginning and its ending in mind.

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

10 years off which 5 years I did not write as I was living in Australia.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

I edited as I wrote and then, upon completion, I read the whole story before editing parts that I felt needed editing.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Its not a series, but a sequel is possible.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

If you have a story, just writing. Everything else will fall in place.

Why should everyone read your book?

Everyone will find something that will hit them and perhaps inspire to do what they always want to do but haven’t the courage.

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Enid Blyton, Fredrick Forsyth and Tom Clancey.

What inspired you to write your book?

The historical events that I learnt in school. It deserved a story attached to it.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

As I have just published The Folded Notes, I’m taking a break from writing for a while.

About the Book

Inspired by history comes this breathtaking story of star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of colourful nineteenth century India…

The book’s cross-cultural relationship is refreshing, and its peek into sites around Lahore is delightful.”

– Kirkus Reviews

A different world awaits Catherine Rose, an Englishwoman who travels with her mother from England to India. While her father, stationed at the Punjab University, is their direction, destiny intervenes and crosses her path with the educated and kind Kharak. A recently qualified engineer from Lahore who works for the Indian railways, he is as taken with the feminine, unreserved Englishwoman as she is with him. Aghast at the blossoming friendship, her father, incited by Ivan, a colonial engineer, arranges to keep Catherine and Kharak from falling in love. Arranging matters, he gets Kharak sent to work in another British colony, never to see or speak to his daughter again. In the last few moments he has, Kharak manages to leave two notes for Catherine.

Flouting her father’s orders, Catherine flees in secret and follows her heart, away from Lahore to Mombasa. But little does she know that Ivan, as Kharak’s supervisor, will be there – nor that he is now her pursuer. With everything to lose, hope is all that Catherine can cling to, hope that love will win the day and she and Kharak will finally be together.

Inspired by history and written with first-hand knowledge of the locations, this achingly moving historical romance crosses continents from England to India and East Africa during a fascinating part of history. The plot is woven between lush descriptions to create a compelling story of forbidden love and an uncertain ending that will linger long after the last page.

Author Bio

Mandz Singh has been a world cup soccer analyst for a radio station, resided on three continents, lived in a gold rush town, travelled across Australia, and stood in the elephant visiting caves of Mount Elgon. This debut novel was written during commuting hours on trains to London from Berkshire, where he now lives.



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