Author Interview: Kilingiri by Janna Gray+ Giveaway


Book Title: Kilingiri
Author: Janna Gray
Release Date: May 21st 2013
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Saga, Saga
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
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If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be?

I’d like to think people find me an approachable, loving and loyal person.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I’d like Nina to meet Camilla from the Langani Trilogy by Barbara and Stephanie Keating. They are both expatriates with feisty characters and big hearts, they’ve made some pretty big errors of judgment but learned from their mistakes and they have warm, affectionate natures. I think they’d get on famously and would become good friends.

What are you doing when you’re not writing?

Until 2011 I squeezed my writing time between teaching and running the house. Now that I am a lady of leisure I have time to meet friends for lunch or attend functions – I still get a massive kick out of being sociable during school hours – and like all women I love to shop but not necessarily buy as I swear clothes’ sizing in Dubai is way off kilter! I go to the gym but not for pleasure. To me there is nothing worse that walking nowhere for miles on a treadmill, getting hot and sweaty but I want to be a fit and fab granny when my sons get round to having children. I love cooking (another reason to go to the gym) and reading, swimming without getting my hair wet and catching up with friends.

Can you share a favorite quote from KILINGIRI with readers?

I have several but this is my all-time favourite: ‘Nina my sweet, if a mother and father can love more than one child, why do you find it so difficult to accept that a child can not love more
than one mother and father?’

What inspired you to write this piece?

Kilingiri started with the thought … what must it be like for priests to fall in love and want the whole package – the love and companionship of a wife, passion, sex and family life and children. I then went on to consider the Catholic Church’s reasons for refusing to allow her clergy to experience the blessings which the majority of us want and need in our lives and question whether the church has the right to expect celibacy as nowhere in the bible is it stated that priests should not marry and have families of their own. It seemed like a good premise for a story so I went for it.

If you were deserted on an island and could only have one thing with you, what would it be and why?

Sunblock. Who wants to end up like a wrinkled raisin?

If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be?

Patience! I want everything to happen yesterday!

What time of day are you most creative?
 Mornings are good for me. I’m wiped by about 9.30pm and fall asleep in front of the tv!


1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health
but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a
decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence,
but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the
priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.

Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace
the future.

Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and

Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in
Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London
where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong
and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and
wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much
merriment among her colleagues!) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School before
trading her marking pens and report cards for the world of writing novels. She enjoys
travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered
the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to her inability to remember dance
sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently
discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express her inner

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