2014

Muslim Dominatrix Endures Racism, College in New 'Unveiling Zeena' Series Author Shruti Chaudhury Publishes Novel, Offering Erotica with a Social Message

ARLINGTON, Va., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A Muslim college student dons black latex and stiletto boots to pay for tuition after she loses her scholarship in the wake of a fictional terror attack.

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That's the premise of "Real Terrorists Wear Stilettos," the recent novel by author Shruti Chaudhury, 29, and the first volume in her "Unveiling Zeena" fiction series.

"It's definitely not your typical erotica," the Virginia-based author says.

"Real Terrorists Wear Stilettos" focuses on Zeena, the series' namesake and a Muslim American woman with aspirations for Harvard Medical School but frustrating—and sometimes life-threatening—limitations that lead her to her daunting early career choice as a professional dominatrix.

The challenges the protagonist faces in a college setting force her to come to grips with what it means to have brown skin—and be her own person—in a post-September 11 America. To achieve her dreams, Zeena finds she has to change her circle of friends as much as her wardrobe and lifestyle—and how she understands her own identity as a cultural transplant.

"The story has an unavoidable and clearly intended social message," says Chaudhury, who based the novel on her own experiences in Texas and abroad. "I wanted to tell a unique story with what you might expect from erotica, with more substance than you would find in typical romance literature.

"I think 'Real Terrorists' tells the story it needed to tell and balances the more serious arc of the novel with humor about the character's—shall we say—sudden conflicts of interest," she adds, smiling.

Publishing "Real Terrorists Wear Stilettos" in March, the author offered the book for free on Kindle for a week. By the time the deal ended, it ranked first in "Erotic Humor" and sixth in the more crowded "Erotic Romance" sections, reaching more than 800 readers worldwide in the process.

Chaudhury used Amazon.com's CreateSpace service to independently publish her 377-page tome, a work and process one year in the making.

The self-publishing process provided the author with a number of important services. This included a professional team whose help she needed to format the novel, select font styles and secure her own ISBN and Library of Congress reference numbers.

Still, Chaudhury decided she would use her own professional network to do the rest. She hired her own freelance copy editor, photographer, designer, and others to flesh out the content, cover, website and photography.

"The self-publishing process was no easy task," she admits. "I wanted to create a powerful story that entertained as much as it tried to educate, and that meant not only writing and revising a full-length novel, but also developing a look and feel for the cover that would hopefully lure readers and leave them wanting more.

"And I hope that will continue to be the case," she says.

"Real Terrorists Wear Stilettos" is the first volume in a planned trilogy about the Muslim dominatrix. The novel is published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and now available both in paperback and on Kindle.

About the "Unveiling Zeena" Series

"Real Terrorists Wear Stilettos" is the first novel in the "Unveiling Zeena" series, a trilogy planned by first-time author Shruti Chaudhury that focuses on Zeena, a Muslim dominatrix, and the challenges she encounters in college. Published in March, it is now available for sale in paperback and on Kindle. To learn more about the novel and author, visit unveilingzeena.com.

Interviews

To reach the author for interviews, bloggers and journalists may email Shruti Chaudhury at shruti.chaudhury.2012@gmail.com or request one by the submission form available at unveilingzeena.com. 

Media Contact: Shruti Chaudhury, Unveiling Zeena Series, 000-000-0000, shruti.chaudhury.2012@gmail.com

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