Welcome to another insightful author interview brought to you by Author Times. Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jess, an Indo-Canadian author whose captivating storytelling bridges the cultural gap between India and Canada. Jess has spent most of her life in Vancouver, and her rich experiences traveling across India have deeply influenced her writing. Her novels aim not only to entertain but also to educate readers about the intricacies of the Western world, revealing its beauty and imperfections. In this interview, Jess shares the inspiration behind her latest novel, “I Never Loved You,” a compelling sequel to her debut novel, “All That She Wanted.” Join us as we delve into the themes of identity, self-discovery, love, and betrayal that weave through Jess’s storytelling.

1. What inspired you to write “I Never Loved You,” and how did the idea for the story develop?
Jess: I draw from my own experiences, observations and emotions to create. As I delve deeper into the story. I let my imagination take over and Mold the narrative into something unique and compelling.

2. The themes of identity and self-discovery are prominent in the novel. Can you share any personal experiences or influences that shaped these themes in your writing?
Jess: Oh! Great question. So, I did incorporated things that I have seen such as pent house lifestyle, boat experiences and such. Just so my readers can experience the same.

3. The characters in the book, particularly Sasha and her roommates, are very well-developed. Did you draw inspiration from real-life people or experiences when creating them?
Jess: One of the most exciting aspects of writing a novel is the ability to handpick characters and guide them through a story of my own creation. These characters are born from the depths of my imagination, allowing me the freedom to shape their actions and decisions as the narrative unfolds. Sasha is an improbable yet conceivable character.

4. Love and betrayal are central themes in the novel. How do you think these themes resonate with readers, and what message were you hoping to convey through them?
Jess: Love and betrayal are universal themes that resonate with readers due to their relatability and emotional depth. Through these themes, I aim to explore the complexities of human relationships and the impact of trust and deceit on individuals. Ultimately, I hope to convey a message of resilience, forgiveness, and the importance of understanding the intricacies of love and betrayal in all its forms.

5. “I Never Loved You” explores the idea of starting over and finding oneself. What do you hope readers will take away from Sasha’s journey of self-reinvention?
Jess: As a writer, my passion lies in capturing the essence of the times we live in. I believe that art has the power to inspire and uplift, showcasing the potential for positive change in anyone’s life. I am a firm believer that success is not a result of luck or magic, but rather the product of dedication and hard work. Through my writing, I aim to convey the message that with perseverance and determination, anyone can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

6. The setting of Vancouver plays a significant role in the story. What made you choose this location, and how did you incorporate its essence into the narrative?
Jess: I live in Vancouver. So, it was easier for me to write a story around the city while I give my readers tour of the city. Hope you all enjoy it.

7. The title of the book, “I Never Loved You,” is intriguing. Can you elaborate on its significance and how it reflects the themes of the novel?
Jess: I Never Loved You is a message for a ex in the book. Life doesn’t stop for anyone. “Throw heart on the floor, crush it under your feet, fix your crown and walk away” From a liar, a cheater and someone who didn’t valued you! In Sasha’s words “I Never Loved You”.

8. Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Jess: I am writing so people in India can get first hand life experience about life abroad. It is not what Bollywood shows us. Life is tough, fun, rich and demanding all at same time. See life in different world through my eyes. Thank you all for reading.

Thank you for joining us in this fascinating conversation with Jess. Through her poignant narratives and well-developed characters, Jess offers readers a unique glimpse into the complexities of human emotions and relationships. “I Never Loved You” is not just a story of love and betrayal but also a profound exploration of self-reinvention and resilience. Jess’s ability to transport readers to the vibrant streets of Vancouver while delving into universal themes makes her work truly remarkable. We hope you found this interview as inspiring as we did. Stay tuned for more author interviews and literary insights on Author Times. Until next time, happy reading!


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