Tamraparni Dasu | Writer • Novelist
Tamraparni Dasu is an Indian American writer and published author. Her new book, Spy Interrupted, The Waiting Wife, was just released. It is the first in a trilogy.
Tamraparni Dasu, writer, author, published, Spy Interrupted, The Waiting Wife, India,
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The Spy, Interrupted trilogy is fast paced and character driven, and combines two terrific genres—love stories and espionage. Not romances, but real love stories like those written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Jane Austen, with characters that breathe and feel, that leave an unforgettable impression. And, who can forget the accidental spy in Our Man in Havana, the father of a beautiful teenage daughter trying to keep up with her demands? The Spy, Interrupted trilogy spans multiple genres and continents, and used different backdrops—a midnight escape from terrorists in New Delhi in Book 1, a Senate run in Massachusetts in Book 2, and an exotic hideaway for a whistleblower in Book 3—to explore different aspects of human relationships. And, Dasu’s Indian roots are a big part of the narrative and atmosphere.


The first part of the trilogy, Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, tells the story of two very different personalities, from different cultures, who meet under unlikely circumstances and endure horrific ordeals to build a ferocious devotion and love for each other. The Waiting Wife is about love, loyalty, and trust.

The second part of the trilogy picks up where the first book ends, with the spy retiring and contemplating a run for the US Senate. The second book of the trilogy, The Perfect Candidate, is about ambition, reinvention, and secrecy. It is scheduled to come out on November 11 of this year.

The third part of the trilogy, scheduled to come out in November 2016, is about madness and accidental heroism.


A former spy, Stephen’s love, life, and secrets are about to become public, jeopardizing his Senate run. But Stephen’s tabloid pursuers better beware—his shadowy power extends far beyond America’s borders.


The Perfect Candidate, Book 2 of the Spy, Interrupted trilogy, picks up with Stephen Edward James and his wife Nina Sharma about to enter the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Stephen’s native Massachusetts.


With his high-profile philanthropic endeavors, interracial marriage, and uncommonly principled stance, Stephen makes a compelling Republican candidate in the traditionally Democratic stronghold—despite his shadowy past.
Stephen’s opponent—grandmother and professor Katherine Collins—hires a tracker, Dave Tyler, to sling mud as the race heats up. It’s hard to keep secrets on the campaign trail, and Tyler will go to any lengths necessary to discredit Stephen, as his tabloid curiosity turns into a personal dislike for the privileged candidate. Tyler’s efforts rock the campaign, jeopardizing Stephen’s marriage as well as pushing one of his young, closeted staffers to the breaking point.


But Stephen is not one to back down from a fight. He has powerful friends in his corner—setting off an ominous chain of events.


A fast-paced novel full of political intrigue, espionage, and romance, The Perfect Candidate spans multiple genres and continents, taking us inside the world of state secrets and intercultural relationships in a thrilling tale of power and ambition.



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Jane Austen meets John le Carre in the riveting international romantic thriller Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, which follows a newlywed couple on an emotionally wrought journey rife with love, intrigue, and suspense.


When Nina Sharma falls in love with and marries the reclusive, New England aristocrat Stephen Edward James, she expects life will change. But she could not anticipate how. After six months of seemingly serene wedded bliss, a trip to India begins to unravel the secrets of Stephen’s hidden life—and the truth will have the pair evading terrorists and narrowly escaping with their lives. As Nina grapples with the truth about the stranger she married, Stephen must do everything in his power to keep his wife alive and bring down the men he’s hunting—and who are hunting him.


Then, the photographs start arriving…photos from a mysterious sender. Photos of Stephen and Nina in increasingly intimate moments.


Can Nina and Stephen’s fledgling love survive? Can they survive?


Filled with intriguing characters and plot twists that span multiple continents, Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife is a unique and thrilling, cross-cultural novel about the strength and endurance of love.




T. Dasu is a published author of both nonfiction and fiction, including Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, which came out in November 2014 and is the first in the Spy, Interrupted trilogy. She enjoys classic stories of love and longing, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, and is hooked on literary espionage, exemplified by Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana. T. Dasu recently took part in the Fall for the Books Literary Festival (2015) and the 2nd Annual IAAC Literary Festival, hosted by the Indo-American Arts Council in NYC.


By day, Dasu is a research scientist working on problems in statistics, stream mining, and machine learning, which allow her to put her PhD in mathematical statistics to good use.



IndiaWrites, a non-profit 501(c)3 company

IndiaWrites Publishers Inc. is non-profit 501(c)3 company formed in 2006. Its primary mission is to disseminate contemporary works of fiction from across the Indian subcontinent by translating them from Indian languages into English. India has more than 20 languages with distinct scripts and 2000 listed dialects. Local writers speak in a raw, visceral voice of a world left behind by modernity and the struggle to conquer the most basic challenges of daily life. The English speaking world has access to only a tiny fraction of these via translations.


From 2006 to 2010, IndiaWrites Publishers published a free monthly online magazine Literary Voices of India that translated works of writers in Indian languages. In 2010, the best stories were published as an anthology, 1947 Santoshabad Passenger and Other Stories, by Rupa & Co., one of India’s biggest publishers.


In addition, IndiaWrites Publishers Inc. supports charitable organizations that educate and empower women and girls in third-world countries and war-torn regions. All the proceeds from Spy, Interrupted novels have been donated to Kiva, IRC, Malala’s Fund and various libraries and community hubs.


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T. Dasu will be attending Fall for the Book Festival, September 26, 2016
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T. Dasu will be at the Indo-American Arts Council on Sunday, October 9, 2016
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T. Dasu will be at the Morristown & Morris Township Library on November 1, 2016, the eve of the 2016 presidential election, to talk about the newest title in her Spy, Interrupted trilogy: The Perfect Candidate.
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