Today I'm pleased to welcome author T. Dasu onto the site. T. Dasu recently published her debut novel Spy Interrupted: The Waiting Wife. It sounds absolutely riveting. Please join me in giving her a big welcome.
I grew up reading literary espionage novels but there was something lacking. I wondered about the emotional lives and relationships of those involved in the espionage business.
What does it take for them to earn their partner’s trust in their relationships? Is it possible for such a person to be normal? What’s it like to be married to someone whose job it is to lie and deceive on a daily basis? Is their spouse always second-guessing their actions and motives?
2. How did you become interested in the romantic-thriller genre?
It combines two very basic human instincts—love and danger. Unfortunately, there is not much literary fiction that addresses this topic. We have high quality espionage and high quality
love stories, but not many that bring the two together.
3. Nina’s mother offers several pieces of life advice throughout the novel. What is your favorite piece of life advice you received from someone else?
My father, who is almost 90 and lives with me, always tells me to focus on all the good things in my life, and not zero in on the one or two things that are not. My mother-in-law has taught me that no matter how hard a situation is, it can be handled with determination and support of friends and family.
4. Nina, the female protagonist, describes the extravagant embassy building she gets to call her home temporarily while in India. Where is the most extravagant place you have ever been?
That’s easy—high tea at the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India. Situated high above the city, the palace used to house royalty and boasts of the longest dining table in the world that can seat more than 100. The Udaivilas resort in Rajasthan, India is a close second. It is visually opulent and the service is fit for royalty.
5. What would you say is Nina’s greatest strength and her greatest flaw?
Nina’s greatest strength is her loyalty. Her only flaw is that she gets preoccupied with her own drama sometimes and forgets others have their own sorrows and problems.
6. What would you say is Stephen’s greatest strength and his greatest flaw?
Interestingly, Stephen’s greatest strength is also his flaw. He has tremendous courage that borders on being reckless. Being a romantic, I have to admit that his devotion to Nina is quite charming.