N.K. Johel

Biography

N.K. Johel is a third generation Sikh-Canadian as her grandfather, who was born in the 1860's or so, emigrated to North America during the first decade of the twentieth century. Yet due to many complex historical happenings, she did not begin to learn English until she started primary school.

She gravitated to art, music, writing and theatre during her school years in Lake Cowichan. As a young adult, she moved to Nanaimo to study theatre at Vancouver Island University, and then to Vancouver to study painting and fine arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Her interest in literature developed informally. She credits Toni Morrison's Jazz and Michael Ondaatje's Running In The Family as the works that rekindled her interest in writing.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small mill town on Vancouver Island, surrounded by majestic mountains and trees. My family lived on a 'hobby farm' and there was always chores to do around the place year round, from gardening, chopping and stacking firewood, milking cows, feeding chickens, etc. But there was always time to hear or tell a story while working.

What I remember most about our school was the visual arts classes, music and writing classes, which were enjoyable. I spent evenings after homework watching early television and Hollywood movies, reading, or listening to our mom tell bedtime stories, which included fables, spiritual and religious stories from India.

On Sundays, my siblings and I often created and performed plays for our parents. There was a lot of time for quiet and solitude, and I spent many hours in my bedroom reading, drawing, writing poetry, even trying my hand at songwriting. It in the sixth grade that I discovered that I was good at, and enjoyed, the fine arts, and wanted to pursue those interests in its many forms.
Who are your favorite authors?
Right off the bat, I love modern literary writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison, Arundhuti Roy, and Kiran Desai.Their approach to writing is organic and rich. I don't know who said it, but I know it's true for me, I could live on one of Morrison's sentences for a week.

Out of the classics I was greatly influenced by Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and his way of weaving many many characters into one book. I began reading literature because my husband studied English Literature. The first book he gave to me to read was "Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James.

From the fantasy and science fiction genre, I list Robert Heinlein, Piers Anthondy (Xanth series), Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, and JK Rowlings Harry Potter series as favorites as well.
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Books

Bollywood Storm Book II: Mumbai
Series: Bollywood Storm. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,030. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015 by EFG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Bollywood Storm is a lyrical, mystical murder mystery, set in Bollywood-style. With a dash of Kill Bill thrown in, this novel will not disappoint those readers expecting action; it’s also a meditation on self, identity, ego, intimacy, sensuality, spirituality, privilege and loss; and it’s got five song and dance numbers in it, too. The story unfolds in two Books, spanning two continents
Bollywood Storm Book I: New York
Series: Bollywood Storm. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,380. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015 by EFG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Bollywood Storm is a lyrical, mystical murder mystery, set in Bollywood-style. With a dash of Kill Bill thrown in, this novel will not disappoint those readers expecting action; it’s also a meditation on self, identity, ego, intimacy, sensuality, spirituality, privilege and loss; and it’s got five song and dance numbers in it, too. The story unfolds in two Books, spanning two continents

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