I asked Issa Mazumder (star of HOW TO SALSA IN A SARI) to meet me for a quick cup of coffee. She asked to meet at the local mall where she was studying at the Waldenbooks. Issa arrives 5 minutes before the meeting is supposed to start wearing a red kilt and a black turtleneck with tall black boots....
DS: Hey Issa, love your outfit!
Issa: Thanks D! How're you doing? What are you writing now?
DS: I'm good! And well, I'm starting work on this story of three sisters named Tanzanite, Jade and Pearl. One of them has a BIG secret that completely tears them....
"Uh, HELLO! Did you think you were going to ditch me?" We are interrupted by a slim, brunette wearing a purple pleather jumpsuit who dramatically throws open the door to the coffee shop and shoves her way into our booth. We are immediately engulfed in a perfume of Clinique Happy and cinnamon gum.
I thought you were going to Express, Cat.
Cat: As if. And let you get the interview to yourself? How stupid do you think I am? Do you know what exposure like this could do for my career?
Issa: What career?
DS: Hi Cat, long time.
Cat: Uh, yeah. Whatever. So, why are you interviewing HER
and not me? What's that about?
DS: Well, the readers want an interview with the heroine, so...
Cat: I'm a heroine!
Issa: Can I break in here? Actually, I'm the heroine. YOU
are the ANTI-heroine. The antagonist. Get it? Let's try to be accurate.
Cat: Whatever. Everyone said they LOVED Cat Morena. No one cares about Little Miss Accuracy over here.
DS: Now, now, girls. I thought you guys were trying to get along.
Issa: Well for the most part....
Cat: Yeah, that was a lie. We needed to get my dad off my case. He let me have my car back and everything. So, whatever.
DS: So, let's get back to the interview. Issa, last time we saw you you were having some feelings toward your best friend Ishaan...
Cat: He's so hot.
Shut up. He's dating Gigi.
Cat: Like THAT'S gonna last.
Issa: Well, they have been fighting some lately...
That's all that imbecilic redhead talks about. Ishaan doesn't love me, Ishaan doesn't understand me. I mean, really. Who would?
Issa: Will you just shut up for two seconds? Look, isn't that a sale?
: As if I'd be caught DEAD inside Forever 21. They do like child labor and stuff.
Issa: My step-sister, the Angelina Jolie of the mall, ladies and gentleman.
: Anyway, so Issa has a thing for Ishaan. Ishaan obviously has a thing for her, but neither of them are going to say anything.
DS: That true, Issa? He like you?
: Not like he's said anything...but...
Cat: Maybe I should start dating him.
Issa: Don't you dare!
Cat: Uh-huh. You have until the end of the day....or I'm going to ask him to Sadie Hawkins....
Issa: I hate you.
DS: Well, I have to get going. Very nice seeing you ladies again!
Cat: Hey, book lady, I want a sequel. With ME at the star this time, okay?
DS: Uh, I'll see what I can do.
HOW TO SALSA IN A SARI - out now!