Thank you for inviting me to share my views on your blog.
Coming to your question, I spent two long years to complete my last book, Beyond Secrets.
The story revolves around an orphanage and to give a realistic touch to my writing I read endless articles about how orphanages work and psychology of orphans though it forms a very small part of the story. It was heart-wrenching.
I got so involved in the story that at one-point Nidhi, Noel and Appu, the characters of my story became my best friends. I laughed with them and I cried with them. Call me crazy but that’s how I am.
“Beyond Secrets” talks about the inner turmoil of orphans, the abandonment that shatters that trust. And by the time you start hating their parents, story of a mother unfolds and you wonder, are the parents who abandon their children really that bad? It tells the story of a biased girl who fails to respect other religions and just as you start hating her, the reasons for her behaviour unfolds. And before we could hate the people who did wrong to her, we see their side too. And then comes the counsellor who counselled all these tortured souls, but when life throws some unexpected adversities his way, he fails to counsel himself. The book is written with a holistic approach. It shows the story of everyone involved. People can’t be just good or bad, there are shades of grey. The decisions people make are not always a choice, sometimes it’s the only option available. Characters of Beyond Secrets are not superheroes. They are real people with flaws, their own vulnerabilities but yes, they grow as the story progress and when the story ends, it’s not a happy ending, it’s not even sad. It’s realistic.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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