‘Domina’, Maestra Series Book-2 by L.S. Hilton launched
The international thriller novelist L.S Hilton launched her latest fiction yesterday, June 14, in Delhi. The quaint little Cafe Turtle, right above the Full Circle bookstore in Greater Kailash I, hosted the event where Hilton was in an engaging conversation with author Devapriya Roy.
The British author, journalist and art-critic launched her second book in the “Maestra” series, Domina , which follows the fierce and sexual femme fatale protagonist Judith Rashleigh and her encounters with the mafias of the art world. Hilton is on a book tour in India for her new thriller with her first stop being Delhi.
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The “Maetsra” series has been positioned as an erotic thriller, although, according to the author and many of her fans, the book has much more to offer than just sex, schemes, and action. Author Devapriya Roy pointed out that she was bewildered by Hilton’s insight to the world of art and told the Domina author, “It is great to see how you took valuable information from the niche world of art and have made it accessible to one and all through your book”.
About her protagonist, Hilton said, “Judith is an angry character. But she also puts logic to that rhetoric to the test, like, how far would you actually go to achieve your dreams. And Judith starts off with when she’s working in the auction house…she was sure that if she runs hard enough and believes enough she’ll be a success. It doesn’t work at all.” She added that it was why she had to take extreme measures for achieving things she would never gain being a goody-two-shoes in a man’s world.
The author read out excerpts from her books, both Maestra and Domina , and stressed on the theme of art and its aesthetic significance as seen through her protagonist’s eyes.
Author Devapriya Roy discussed how Hilton’s book underlined class in a subtle way. Roy asked that while Judith is caught between the whole insider-outsider conundrum, if Hilton consciously projected the class distinctions. To this Hilton replied, “Someone had rightly said that no piece of fiction published in England provides anything other than class. That does pertain to a certain extent. We all pretend that these divisions and prejudices don’t exist, but they do. But Judith discovers that it doesn’t matter if she tries harder or is better qualified, someone else with better connections, and s different surname will always get on faster than she does and I think this is realistic.
LS Hilton had written five historical non-fictions and three historical fictions under her real name Lisa Hilton and adapted a different pen name for her new avatar as an author of a different kind of fiction, as presented in Maetsra and Domina .