HOW DID KI­RAN MAN­RAL CONCEIVE ALL ABOARD?

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The first gen­e­sis of All Aboard came about way back in 2013 in an in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tion be­tween my won­der­ful ed­i­tor, Vaishali Mathur, at Pen­guin Ran­dom House and me, when she sug­gested we ex­plore the idea of a ro­mance based on an un­usual lo­ca­tion. She liked the thought of plac­ing the ro­mance on a cruise ship on the Western Mediter­ranean and I found it in­trigu­ing too, be­cause it placed com­plete strangers in close prox­im­ity on a ship in the mid­dle of the sea for a cou­ple of weeks, and threw them to­gether prac­ti­cally ev­ery sin­gle day, and was the ideal sit­u­a­tion for a ro­mance to blos­som. But what if, I thought, the pro­tag­o­nists have no in­ten­tion of fall­ing in love on a cruise, what if they were there to re­cover from a bro­ken heart. I started with this premise, and then I heard

the real story of a girl I heard about from a friend, who went off on her hon­ey­moon on an Alaskan cruise with her friend af­ter she was ditched by her fi­ance. I thought that was a bril­liant way to en­sure the booking didn’t go waste and she could put some dis­tance be­tween her­self and the sit­u­a­tion, and per­haps heal a bit af­ter she re­turned back to home base. That was the start­ing point for Rhea and her story. From that point, the story sort of wrote it­self. There were drafts and re­drafts and ver­sions of the story, a lot of re­search in­volved to un­der­stand how a cruise hol­i­day hap­pened and to ac­tu­ally get into the skin of the char­ac­ter of a mid­dle class girl on per­haps her first rather splashy hol­i­day abroad. With All Aboard, I also ven­tured into pure ro­mance, my ear­lier two books were hu­mour and chick­lit, or to be more ac­cu­rate, mom lit for the first one. It has been an ab­so­lutely fun ride, read­ing and re­search­ing up this book. Now I’m look­ing for­ward to ac­tu­ally do­ing the cruise hol­i­day Rhea and Ka­mal fell in love on, some­day.

Ki­ran Man­ral is the au­thor of All Aboard, Once Upon A Crush and The Re­luc­tant De­tec­tive. Her lat­est re­lease is: Karmick­ids and forth­com­ing one is The Face At The Win­dow.

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