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Melbourne-based film researcher Suneeti Rekhari launches her first book The Lost Souls Dating Agency

I believe the book would resonate with the Indian community, particularly teens who can find a character they can hopefully relate to

She started out as just an ordinary university student, but the sudden and unexpected inheritance of an unused warehouse on the industrial side of town throws Shalini’s life plan askew. She decides to set up a matchmaking business, helping the lonely to find a soul mate. But her first client doesn’t fit the regular profile. Victor is dark, handsome, emotionally available… and a vampire. And there begins this rather ‘spirited’ tale by Suneeti Rekhari.

Set in Melbourne, Rekhari’s The Lost Souls Dating Agency, a book for young adults, is a fresh and funny story about an enterprising matchmaker and her paranormal clientele.

“I believe the book would resonate with the Indian community, particularly teens who can find a character they can hopefully relate to,” says Rekhari, who calls Australia her adopted homeland, having lived in the country for over a decade.

“We need to hear more voices from the Indian community, so to any budding Indian-English writers out there, I would say, just write what you know, from the heart! It’s the only way to enjoy this craft, and to connect with readers. That’s what it’s ultimately about isn’t it?”

Rekhari says her interest in the non-human paranormal world was inspired by books on mythology and the whole pantheon of Amar ChitraKathas which she read as a child. “I asked myself, why should humans have a monopoly on love? I decided Shalini should arrange matches for the non-human paranormal community,” says Rekhari, who is also a film researcher and an activist against domestic violence.

Rekhari’s book is published by Escape Publishing, the digital division of Harlequin Australia. The book is available online from Amazon,iBooks, BigW e books, kobo and GooglePlay.

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