Welcome to author Sheila Patel who has dropped by the Tequila Mockingbird to give us the lowdown on her characters from The Magic Vodka Wardrobe Series
While we're waiting for your guests to arrive, Sheila, can you tell us a little about your book?
The series follows the lives of Shaz and Trace, two Punjabi sisters who have a magical wardrobe in their bedroom. Instead of discovering Narnia they find an Indian barman in full turban and beard and a glass dance floor. This is where the girls go to escape their daily lives as accountants and their possessive parents, who run the corner shop downstairs and look forward to lottery night. It’s Pride and Prejudice on speed, mother and her sisters are trying to find suitable husbands but the girls party on vodka and outrageous outfits in the wardrobe. There is lots of music in the book plus themes such as Star Wars, Avengers and heavy metal music. Lots of colourful characters visit the shop, Tattoo Tony, Dammit Janet (the Buddhist nun), Skinny Rita, Betina the dog walker and of course the love interests Channing Chopra and Rajeev and his pet goat.
Who will you be inviting for a cocktail, and why?
I will be inviting the Singh sisters, Shaz and Trace, both accountants and desperately searching for husbands. The sisters are used to hanging around at the bar located in the magical wardrobe in the upstairs bedroom. They spend most evenings sitting at the bar doing vodka shots with the crazy Indian barman Bachittar. They discuss the daily news and bitch about their parents and their work colleagues.
What will they be wearing?
Both sisters have awful dress sense, they like all the knock offs and fakes. They own mountains of old clothes they find at the back of the old wardrobe. They can often be seen in weird bamboo bobble hats that they got off the back of a truck. Shaz’s favourite outfit is blue skinny jeans, sparkly gold heels and one of her freshly printed T-shirts with slogans such as ‘I was bored so I joined Tinder’. They also love a fur coat, the one from the charity shop still has fleas.
What will they order off the cocktail menu?
The sisters are used to exotic cocktails made by their barman Bachittar. One of their favourites required the help of goggles and gloves. ‘The Volcano’ is made with vodka, strawberry, mint, sherbet and weed. It’s toxic. Basically they drink anything!
How will they react if the waiter spills their cocktail over them?
These girls wouldn’t mind any spillage, especially if they got free drinks all night, they like free and happy hour and two for one! Don’t get them started! I’d chuck them out right now. Don’t let them invite their friends from the estate, especially the metal head band called ‘The Gods of Leather’.
What can they tell you that will make you stay for a second drink?
Stay for a second drink, are you mad? You won’t get rid of them until they have danced to all the Abba songs and Proud Mary By now they will have lost their shoes and fur coats. My advice, call an uber and throw them out!
The Magic Vodka Wardrobe Series (books 1 to 5) by Sheila Patel are available on Amazon here:
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