Welcome to NOR, Sienna.
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As a highly educated Indian American author, you bring a rich uniqueness to your writing. Share a little bit with us about your background.
Sienna: I come from a very traditional Indian family—we immigrated to the U.S. when I was five years old. We spoke our native tongue, Gujarati, in our home and observed all the religious holidays and festivals of our native country.
What role did education play in your family?
In my family, I could get married or go to school. My mother was determined that I would choose education. She wanted me to break out of the mold of get married young, have lots of babies, and let your husband dictate your life. I knew with my education, I would always have an independence my mother never had—although she was a very strong woman in her own right.
So you broke the mold?
For sure! I left home, earned two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and worked as a management consultant before I launched my author career.
How did you meet your husband?
Through what I call the “Indian connection.” I had flown home from a hellacious week working on a project out of state. All I wanted to do was get together with my girlfriends and drink large amounts of wine. But while I was in a cab on the way home from the airport, my father informed me a boy was coming to take me to dinner that evening—a blind date he and my mother had arranged! I didn’t want to meet him, but my love life was dismal at best at that time, so I agreed to go.
So your blind date turned out to be a winner.
Hitesh was a charmer, and by the end of the first date, I knew I was going to marry him. Especially when he put his hand on my lower back to guide me out of the restaurant, and I got goosebumps. (Note from NOR: Read Sienna’s books for lots of goosebumps!) A month later we were engaged, and a month after that had our American wedding. Our Indian wedding followed six months later. Now we are fifteen years in, with two crazy kiddos in tow.
Your first book, RULE BREAKER, and now your second, RULE MASTER, are erotic romances with characters who have dominant/submissive sexual tastes. But what distinguishes them from most books in the genre is not only that the women, as well as the men, are billionaires but the rich diversity of the characters. Indian American, like you, but also African American, gay, Hispanic, and from Italy, South Africa, Ireland—and, of course, the U.S. Was this a conscious decision or a reflection of you and the people in your life?
About the billionaire thing—I wanted my female characters to be as successful as or even more so than their love interests. I feel if the women are in a place of power, then the focus can remain on the love story between the couples. As for the diversity in my books, this reflects my view of the real world around us. My friends are of different cultures and races, as are the spouses of my siblings. My family and I joke that our home is its own United Nations. But, yes, when I wrote my Rules of Engagement series, I wanted to convey the reality of the many cultures and ethnicities in American society.
Tell us a little about your March book, THE RULE MASTER.
THE RULE MASTER is Milla and Lex’s book. Milla is one of three smart and successful friends who made themselves billionaires from the IT company they created. Milla is an Italian heiress who rebelled against her traditional and extremely religious parents and went to college in the U.S. For ten years she’s kept a secret from her family and friends—that she married a man her parents abhor, a confident and controlled Dom who knows how to give his submissive the exquisite pleasures she craves. But after a violent kidnapping, Milla knows she can never be the woman Lex once craved, so she decides to set him free. But Lex isn’t about to let her go, and her worst nightmare revisits her. Lots of conflict, edgy sex and suspense. I hope Night Owl readers enjoy this story.
(Fanning self) So what do you in your spare time when you’re not writing erotic romance?
(Grinning) You do remember I have two children, don’t you? Fortunately, I’m a high-energy person. Staying still only happens when I’m engrossed in a book or a movie. I love to work out and run. My favorite types of workouts are yoga and Pilates, with an occasional boot camp thrown in. When I have the time and energy, I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and go for a run. Now I’ve become a bit lazy and need more sleep, so I exercise at 5:30 in the morning or late at night after my children are in bed and my kitchen is clean. And I love to cook.
What’s on your bucket list?
My goal is to visit every continent in the next ten years. I want to see Victoria Falls, the Galapagos, the volcanos of Iceland, the Taj Mahal and the Australian outback—for starters.
That’s quite an ambitious list. Where have your travel adventures taken you recently?
Last year I visited Norway to see the northern lights, hiked Machu Picchu in Peru and spent a week swimming with my family on Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands. For 2017, I have plans to go to Costa Rica and on a cruise to Spain, France and Italy.
How does your travel enrich your stories?
The places my characters go to are all places I’ve visited. I feel this is a small part of me I can use to enrich the fictitious lives of my heroines and heroes.
So in closing, Sienna, night owl or early bird? We have a hunch it’s the former.
I’m both an early riser and a night owl. It drives my husband crazy, because he thinks we can spend time together at night, and suddenly I get the spark to write and dash off to my office, telling him to play Halo on his Xbox. When I’m on deadline, I can wake up as early as 4 a.m. and go to bed as late as 1 a.m. and still function. It’s one of those things I’ve done since college.
How can readers find out more about you, Sienna?
On www.SiennaSnow.com. I also hang out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Oh! And I’ve just started a street team, Sienna’s Sirens. If your readers are interested, they can join on a Facebook page I started just for them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/siennassirens
Thanks for dropping in for a nightcap, Sienna.
Thanks for inviting me to join you and all the Night Owls. It’s been fun!