[The author is guessing you don't care about where she went to school and her favourite colour and blah, blah, so below is a brief summary of writer pursuits, followed by the fun part: ways to interact and find out more about the author on an everyday basis!]
Romi Moondi is a Canadian writer who converted her blog "Year of the Chick" into novel form, and followed that with two more books in the series (and a prequel short story!). The most recent of these novels takes place in Paris, where she lived for six months in 2013 (after trading in her corporate job for an inspiration-seeking mission).
The books can be described as edgy romantic comedies, where happy endings are not a guarantee, and where less-than-glamourous moments are in good supply.
Romi also writes screenplays, and her screenplay "Best Before" made it to the semi-finals or better in eight international screenplay competitions in 2011. She's currently working on a brand new script that she's hoping to sell to those Hollywood types.
Ways to interact:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RomiMoondi
Where to find Romi Moondi online
Never or Forever (Year of the Chick series)
For many people, Paris is the city of love.
Most of those people are tourists.
This turns out to be one of Romi Narindra’s first realizations, when she ditches her job and moves to Paris for a year. It’s a year that will shatter illusions, assert independence, and maybe even leave some room for a love affair or two.
All the while, one thing will be very clear: modern love is not a fairy tale.
Year of the Chick: Beginnings (a prequel short story)
Two things happen when you graduate university:
1: You realize you'll be working for the next 40 years...which requires alcohol
2. You wonder when you're supposed to fall in love
You'll also find: office friends, dimwits, an HR manager that's out to get you...and an attractive guy from an office transfer (that's when things get complicated).
This short story is a prequel to "Year of the Chick"
Last-Minute Love (Year of the Chick series)
Romi has met the man of her dreams.
But he lives an ocean away and her parents want her to get an arranged marriage.
In a tale of culture clash and adventure, there's a big fat Indian wedding, a lingering long-distance flame, and an unexpected mystery man who could set a new course in motion.
(this is book 2 in the "Year of the Chick" series, but can also be read as a stand-alone)
Year of the Chick
Romi Narindra must find love before her parents find her a husband.
From whiskey-breath scum bags to uni-brow creeps and everything in between, Romi and her wingmen come up empty time after time. But hope floats again when she meets a fellow writer unexpectedly.
On the Internet.
So will it be arranged marriage doom, or an Internet affair that's not as a creepy as "To Catch a Predator"?
NOT Love Poems For Real Life
Not that each poem covers off each year of the author's life, as that would mean she was searching for love by age one (only a cyborg baby would possess such advanced comprehension.)
These poems exist because the real poets skipped them. From teenage pursuits to hot men in suits to Internet mishaps and everything in-between.
DISCLAIMER: Strong language/mature themes
The Book of Awful
Wouldn't it be nice if we all held hands and pooped rainbows? Sure, but until that moment what's the REAL way for people to get happy? Avoiding catastrophe. This parody of the bestselling "The Book of Awesome" takes readers on a journey of reluctant self-discovery, to help them realize how much worse life could really be. It's feeling grateful for what isn't, in a very awkward way.
Smashwords book reviews by Romi Moondi
- A Previous Engagement: A Novel
on Nov. 08, 2011
I like a good modern romance with some humour, and the author did a great job developing just that within relatable everyday settings of friendships/work/social gatherings. What was really challenging and what the author pulled off was building romantic tension on an already-established friendship. These characters have known each their whole lives, so there's no opportunity to build up any tension with "first encounters"/getting to know, etc.
Yet, the author is able to put a twist on their friendship, and build and build this uncomfortable tension as the book goes on. This was the key to making the reader root for them, and for making all the challenges they had believable. Add to all of that a really well-written prose that flows for a very fast and addictive read, and you've got yourself a great book.
Look forward to more from this author!
- Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Adventure
on Jan. 15, 2012
When it comes to memoirs, what's most interesting to me is reading something I don't know anything about.
I COULD NOT KNOW LESS about motorcycling or Iceland, so that in itself was a good start.
I read through this adventure very fast, because all along the author wrote in a way that was easy to visualize; there was less time spent analyzing each feeling or reflecting on one moment for pages and pages, but a lot more time spent taking you from one location to the next.
And I loved that.
I also loved that the frustration of set-backs, the horrors of nature, the wonders of nature, and the simple joys of a rare full meal were all touched upon and described in a vivid way.
One thing I found hilarious and shocking was the way Icelandic sheep behave. I won't give away the surprise, but I never would've thought that in a million years!
Overall, I feel like I lived vicariously through an actual motorcycle trip, even though I'm deathly afraid to ever ride one.
I will definitely pick up the author's next installment about motorcycling through Turkey when it comes out, and I really recommend this first one.