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1. Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and how you became a successful lawyer?
I started my law firm two years out of law school in 1985. By the late 1980’s I was involved with asbestos litigation which is a mass tort practice. By the early 90’s my law firm was performing above my wildest expectations. The first asbestos case that I took to trial was for a friend of a business agent for a large union. The trial was successful and the business agent thereafter referred hundreds of cases to my law firm.
2. Could you give a brief summary about Blindsided: One man’s fight for a child born without eyes?
The book is about a child born without eyes due to his mother’s exposure to a very dangerous fungicide between seven and ten weeks into her pregnancy. The exposure caused her child to be born without eyes. The case went to trial against DuPont. The trial involved testimony from thirteen different expert witnesses due to the difficulty in proving a chemical exposure case. The science is very difficult in chemical exposure cases because ethically you cannot test chemicals on pregnant women. The trial resulted in the first verdict worldwide against a chemical company for a birth defect.
3. Why did you take this particular case in the first place?
The plaintiff was very emotional and suffered a grave injustice. However, I was not going to take the case due to the extreme level of difficulty. After some limited research we found a study where the chemical was tested on pregnant rats and 43% of the rat offspring were born with no eyes or other ocular abnormalities. Even though the deck was stacked against us, we decided we would take a shot.
4. Could you explain the purpose in writing about this case? What do you want readers to get out of it after reading it?
We are writing about the case because the law regarding the admission of science in the courtroom needs to be changed. Currently, defendants like DuPont seek to exclude science under the guise of junk science. In this particular case, DuPont was seeking to exclude some of the science that they submitted to the EPA to get their product licensed. I believe a law should be written whereby a corporation or individual who submits scientific data to a governmental agency for licensing purposes is admissible in a court of law.
5. What is your writing habit? How did you balance being a lawyer and writing this book?
I was spending a minimum of four to eight hours per setting. It is a very difficult balance trying to practice law and writing a book of this nature at the same time. The last year was very grueling but rewarding.
6. Did your experience with the case change you in anyway?
The case gave me a very deep insight into how the public is subject to grave injustices when it comes to pursuing a corporation like DuPont on a technical issue like science.
7. If (or when) the book becomes a movie, would you do a cameo?
When the book becomes a movie I will consider a cameo appearance in a limited capacity as one of my adversaries.
8. Have you kept in touch with anyone from the case? If so, can you update readers about them (particularly the woman and her baby)?
I have had limited contact with the plaintiffs over the years as a form of respect to their privacy and to allow them to move on with their lives. I know the family is doing well and I am very happy that we were able to make a difference in their lives.
9. Are you working on another book? If so, could you talk a bit about it?
I have not started thinking about another book yet. I wouldn’t rule it out.
10. What was the most surprising thing you learned writing this book?
The most surprising thing that I learned about writing a book is how many writers accept less than perfection. I am a perfectionist and I wanted this story told clearly with absolutely no typos or blemishes. I was surprised to see how many writers are comfortable putting out a product that is less than perfect.
11. Have you ever considered writing legal fiction books like John Grisham?
I have not considered fiction at this point.
12. Where could one purchase Blindsided: One man’s fight for a child born without eyes?
Blindsided can be purchased at Amazon (www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Crusade-Against-Chemical-DuPont/dp/1469036002), Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble or at any major airport in the United States.
13. Last question, as a lawyer who would you defend in a trial between Batman V. Superman?
I would probably represent Superman as Superman is pure good, unlike Batman, who has a little bit of a dark side.
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First off, I would love to thank Ms. Vani for giving up her time to inform us about her novel The Recession Groom. You can check out the sample chapters of The Recession Groom by clicking this link: vaniauthor.com/about-the-recession-groom/sample-chapters/
1. Could you give a brief summary about The Recession Groom?
The Recession Groom is a romantic comedy that tracks the fascinating journey of a young Indian IT professional across the period of global credit crisis and his adventures to find his perfect partner. It is an international story with a thick Indian flavor.
2. What was your inspiration for writing The Recession Groom?
I was in London when the global economy started moving into a recessionary phase. The newspapers were full of stories about bankruptcies, foreclosures and redundancies. What I saw around me inspired me to write this story.
3. What is your favorite book and who is your favorite author?
‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J R R Tolkien. ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ by Susanna Clarke. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker. And many others.
4. Did you know how The Recession Groom would end before you started writing it or did you go along and eventually figured it out?
The Recession Groom had a very uncharacteristic ending and I had no idea it was going to end that way. In fact, I had to change the ending many times before the right one came along.
5. Could you give a brief description of your favorite scene in The Recession Groom?
In this short extract, the novel’s protagonist, Parshuraman Joshi, is a recently redundant Indian IT professional who has found part-time work at a bar in California. It is his first day, and his Manager, Snorty, a quirky American-Indian Sikh, is teaching him how to cook ‘Spicy crab’ for a customer. Parshuraman is a vegetarian and is obviously repulsed by the whole idea but since it is a part of his job, he has to learn it anyway.
Snorty led Parshuraman to the kitchen at the back of the bar and gave him a hand-me-down apron. 'That’s yours," he said, and glided towards a water tank to pull out two live blue crabs. 'Look at these beauties!' he said with a hungry look in his eyes. 'These ones came in this morning. Here, take these.'
'Whoa! I’m not holding those things. I’m a vegetarian,' Parshuraman said, shrinking away.
'The crabs don’t care whether you’re a vegetarian or not. And hey, it’s a part of the deal anyway. You’ll be cooking these yourself from tomorrow. In fact, let’s start from today itself.'
Parshuraman drew his face into a mighty frown, taking the crabs in his hands. ‘Ew! Ew!’ he kept repeating as he moved his fingers around the thick shell, twisted the crustacean around, saw its claws and felt the claw fingers, before Snorty took it back from him.
‘Fresh and juicy, isn’t it?’ he said to Parshuraman. ‘Okay, all you’ve to do is to clean the crab, put it in hot boiling water until it turns red. Get the seasoning sauces ready in a deep skillet, blend those in with the crab meat and it’s done.’
Parshuraman shuddered at the recipe. ‘You shouldn’t be putting a living creature in hot boiling water, Snorty. It’s bad karma.’
Snorty pummelled the shell of the crab, ripped it apart from the body with a sharp knife, removed the claws, cleaned the gills, jiggled the meat in his hand and looked at Parshuraman. ‘Voilà, it’s not alive anymore. Any problems now?’ A few swift movements, a dash of seasoning and the dish was done within a matter of minutes.
6. Beside your characters (and if this was possible), which fictional character would you like to sit down and chat with?
I wish I could be friends with Bilbo Baggins and have long chats with him. I wish I could accompany him to the mountains and hear him say these lines:
I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains, and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days (Lord of the Rings; J R R Tolkien).
7. Where could those interested in reading The Recession Groom get it at?
The book is available on Amazon.
8. Have you thought about writing in a different genre? If so, which one?
The Recession Groom and its two sequels were all rom-coms. My latest novel is a crime thriller. I want to now explore horror.
9. What is your writing schedule?
I wake up early in the morning and work through the day, getting up for lunch and tea breaks. I am a sucker for books, so I catch up on some reading before I go to sleep.
10. Do you have any upcoming novel you’d like to talk about?
I just finished writing a crime thriller and I would like to wait a bit longer before I start talking about it.
11. Last question, which novel (beside mine or yours) have you read that you believe would make an excellent movie?
I have been waiting to watch a movie based on Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist for a long time now.
This has been a wholeheartedly excellent interview and I hope you all felt the same. Take your time to check out Ms. Vani's The Recession Groom. Also,if you want to know more about Ms. Vani and her work go to her website: vaniauthor.com/ Take care and have a blessed day.
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