Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Suleikha Snyder. Thanks, Suleikha!

To know more about Suleikha Snyder, check out or see what she’s up to on twitter (@suleikhasnyder). Her most recent literary triumphs are Bollywood and the Beast and Opening Act, available from Samhain Publishing and Entangled Publishing, respectively.


1) If you could create a magical chimera, what animals would you combine?

Hmmm. Tough question. How about a kitten, an African grey parrot, and an otter. Mind you, I have no idea what it would look like, but it would be smart, chatty and extremely cute.

 2) Floral or spicy candles?

Spicy candles all the way! I find most floral fragrances cloying, so hook me up with sandalwood and other rich, earthy odors. Are there candles that smell like my mom’s home-cooked Indian food? Because I would be all over that!

3) Canoeing or yachting?

Neither. I’ll just hang out in the boathouse snacking on ice cream bars and Coronas until the rest of you come back to shore. I’m not a big fan of being out on the water.

4) What is your favorite word?

Without a doubt it’s “dude.” I use it as almost every part of speech. I have even exclaimed “Dude!” at some of my bosses and, red-faced, explained, “No! I don’t mean you’re a dude!” I have no idea where this affection for the word came from. I’m not from California. I don’t surf. Maybe the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

5) You get to vacation for a week within any movie universe–which would you choose to enter?

Part of me wants to say the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because I love that whole franchise (Call me, Cap and Hawkeye!) but I have to go with Om Shanti Om. It’s a splashy, epic, colorful, hyperaware self-parody of the Bollywood film industry, and I think it’d be great to move around in that sphere and hang out on the movie sets in this film-within-a-film context. Plus, I’d finally get to be in a musical number! I’ve always wanted to be in my own montage!

Editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek, Suleikha Snyder published her first romantic short in 2011, SuleikhaSnyder2015sm.joggoing on to multiple releases in recent years — including three Bollywood romances from Samhain Publishing, SPICE AND SMOKE, SPICE AND SECRETS and BOLLYWOOD AND THE BEAST, and a short in Cleis Press’ SUITE ENCOUNTERS anthology. These days, she’s hard at work on more South Asian-themed romance and erotic romance. Suleikha lives in New York City, finding inspiration in Bollywood films, daytime and primetime soaps and anything that involves chocolate or bacon.


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