Neha Yazmin

Biography

Neha Yazmin graduated from University College London (UCL) with a degree in Psychology and now lives in London and works in the financial services sector. She writes both contemporary and paranormal romance. Her debut novel ‘Chasing Pavements’ was first published as an e-book in summer 2012, with the sequel 'Make You Feel My Love' published a year later. She is currently working on a number of projects, including paranormal romance books, the Poison Blood series.

Smashwords Interview

What was the main inspiration behind your debut self-published novel Chasing Pavements?
Usually, it takes a combination of different factors and experiences to inspire a whole novel. I take inspiration from good books, films, music, and of course anything interesting I know. I also draw on my knowledge of Psychology.

You do need one or two triggers to start writing though. For Chasing Pavements, it was this bizarre vision I woke up with on the morning of August 1, 2010. I opened my eyes with Jamie in my head. I could see him so clearly - his hair, his eyes, his demeanour. As though he was a very good friend, I just knew him - his pain, his apathy, his past, his present. What I didn’t know was his future.

But I wanted to find out.

I spent the rest of the day thinking about him, his life, his family, and music. Christmas 2009 with Jamie and his family was the first scene that came to me that day.

Music had a critical part to play in it too. That summer, I had been obsessed with Muse’s single Neutron Star Collision and I knew that song represented Jamie (and Mukti) when he first came into my life. A fading star, losing his way.

The other song that had grabbed me was Marcus Foster’s I Was Broken (the lyrics speak of no longer being broken). That was the song I wanted to represent Jamie (and Mukti) at the end of the book. All year, I had been fascinated by the idea of two fading stars, coming together and then emerging brighter as one, and somehow this concept inspired the storyline.
How did you start Chasing Pavements?
The first scene I envisioned was Christmas 2009. It played in my head like a film - I didn’t dictate much of the action, it just rolled like a movie in my mind. Astonishingly, I didn’t write that scene until the very end!

What I started with was the first encounter between Jamie and Mukti. I had become very interested in the needle sculpture after seeing it for the first time that year and I wanted them to meet there. As I wrote that scene, ideas for their next meeting came to me and I wrote that. And then the next meeting, then the next…

Once I filled in the gaps between those scenes, I went back and wrote the beginning. Strangely enough, the Christmas 2009 section in the final version of the book is very similar to the daydream I had on August 1, 2010.
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Books

Make You Feel My Love (The Soulmates Saga, Book 2)
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Series: Soulmates Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 179,190. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
After a tumultuous year, star-crossed lovers Mukti and Jamie are starting a new life together in New York. Mukti has found her calling in life and Jamie's music career is taking off. But as all this brings new obligations and responsibilities, their love is once again put to the test. The sequel to Chasing Pavements unravels even more secrets and lies which threaten to split them apart forever.
Poison Blood, Book 2: Absolution (Poison Blood Series)
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Series: Poison Blood. Price: Free! Words: 33,310. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.33)
"I don't know what being in love is like for humans. It never happened to me, not really. I only thought it did. Thought it for a long time." As a senior official at The System, Christian routinely works on secret missions. When he uncovers a project kept secret from him, he investigates. Why was he kept in the dark about this vampire The System is after? Does it have anything to do with Ellie?
Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation (Poison Blood Series)
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Series: Poison Blood. Price: Free! Words: 29,490. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00)
"I don't know what blood tastes like to a human. I'd never even licked a tiny drop of it from a pricked finger, let alone suck on a bleeding cut. The shedding of blood, my own, or anyone else's, always made me scream or panic in fear and revulsion. Now it's my only food source." Ellie is not a typical teenaged vampire. She still has her humanity and conscience. And the same distaste for blood.
Chasing Pavements (The Soulmates Saga, Book 1)
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Series: Soulmates Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 168,060. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
"It was very stupid but it was also very true. Mukti was in love with him and she didn't even know his name." Introverted singer/songwriter Jamie is suffering from writer's block. Until he meets the mysterious Mukti. Suddenly his creativity blossoms and he feels torn - he has to see her, but can he bare his tortured soul to her? But Mukti has her own secrets and is just as troubled as he is.

Neha Yazmin’s tag cloud

betrayal    blood    immortal    london    love    music    new york    poison blood    poison blood series    romance    secrets    slayer    soul mates    soulmates    vampire    witch   

Smashwords book reviews by Neha Yazmin

  • Compel (Rae Wilder #2) on March 11, 2012

    This is probably my favourite out the first three novels. With so many supernatural creatures, we really were spoiled!
  • Glamour (Rae Wilder #1) on March 11, 2012

    From the very first chapter, this book had me hooked! And after the introduction of the vampire I knew there was no turning back - I was going to read the entire series! I would have liked to have spent a bit more time with Rae at Temple, learned more about her day-to-day life as a Disciple before discovering her real identity and destiny.
  • Enchant (Rae Wilder #3) on March 11, 2012

    I can't believe I have to wait for another book to find out how Rae's story ends but at the same time it is nice to have her story extended.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on July 01, 2012

    If you're looking to publish an e-book on Smashwords or Amazon, then this guide is a must-read. I read it all the way through once, just to get my head around it, and by the time I was formatting my book 'Chasing Pavements', I saw that the process was actually a lot simpler than I thought. I couldn't be happier with the 'no-AutoVetter-issues-to-sort-e-mail' after my first upload, something I had been dreading. Thanks Mark!