Interview with S.P. Aruna, author of ‘Girl Within Girl’
Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I’m a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.
S.P. Aruna’s latest book is the erotic thriller, Girl Within Girl: An Erotic Thriller: Book 1: Unraveling.
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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Sophie! Can you tell us where you are from?
I was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, though my husband and I have built a home in Kampot, which is about a hundred miles south, not far from the sea.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
Since my story is about a young woman with a split personality, Girl Within Girl was the first thing that came into my head.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I’m very pleased with the cover design. I worked with a man called Cal Sharp and his company Caligraphics. It was a joint collaboration that visually suggests multiple personas emanating from a central character.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
The book is dark erotica, yet a thriller at the same time, and the story weaves in and out of three lives of the same woman, each one full of unknown consequences, keeping the reader on edge as to what is going to happen next. In short, there is an entertainment element above and beyond the sex scenes in glamorous situations – there is a strong plot, something not easy to find in erotica novels.
Another aspect of the story which would appeal to many readers is the ability to escape out of the ordinary humdrum of our lives.
Each of us has multiple sides to our personality. On top of that, many people have fantasies of being someone else and of doing things that go outside the boundaries of our day-to-day existence. For Katrina Novak, she can accomplish these things through her alter-egos of Cherry Cummins, the freelance photojournalist who travels to exotic places and meets many famous people, and Anisa Grant, a kick-ass spy assassin who succeeds in her missions through cold calculation and ruthless execution.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
The novel was actually inspired by a true story as revealed in the book The Control of Candy Jones. Candy was a famous model (one of the most popular pin-up girls during World War II, second only to Betty Grable), who became a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA without her knowledge. She undertook various missions under the personality of Arlene Grant, whose exploits Candy herself could not remember without being re-hypnotized. This form of mind control, popularized by another book and the two films made from it, The Manchurian Candidate, had been carried out on many people, and you can find a host of books written by victims of mind control experimentation, whereby split personalities were induced by trauma (i.e. torture) and hypnosis so the subjects could become ideal spies who could not reveal secrets during “enhanced interrogation.”
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
Chapter 20, was easily the most fun to write, when the personality known as Anisa escapes the mental asylum and attempts to rendezvous with the handsome Dr. Paisley, who is trying to cure her. Fleeing her military controllers, she exhibits all the strength and resourcefulness of a female James Bond, as she eludes and ultimately outwits them.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
As I mentioned, I wanted to let people know about mind control experiments, and the story of Candy Jones was too tempting to pass up for writing such a novel.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I’m a little bit naughty, but nice. I enjoy sex with a dominating man, which puts a lot of demands on my husband. Is that dark enough?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would go to Brazil because I’ve been made to believe the people there recognize the value of sensuality.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely a morning person. I love the feel of a fresh new day.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
No, I’m the only one.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Yes, for sure, and I still am. It’s a trait that will never leave me.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
To be happy and content, despite all, even through bad health or any misfortune.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Only that the story of Katrina and her kindred sisters will carry on in a series I envision to be three books. I’m anxious to see how the first one is received.