Let’s start with a traditional question – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Did you have any goals for this book when you wrote it — to get published, or just to finish, or bring up some new topic, etc.?
Primarily my goal to write this book was to complete the story and see how it comes across but at the same time I found that there was really no book in the horror/suspense genre, something barely even in its infancy in India.
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
The simple reason for writing my novels is to put down my ideas, thoughts and stories on paper and share it with others.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you?
The beginning obviously, as for many, was Hardy Boys, Three Investigators, Famous Five, Secret Seven moving on to James Hadley Chase, a brief trial with Robert Ludlum etc. Then found Ayn Rand and devoured all her books followed by John Grisham – good thrillers. A brief lull and then began reading again with Dan Brown, Lee Child, Stieg Larrson (Impressive characterization) and returning currently to a few odd ones till I latch onto another series. All the above writers, stories and genres have had a strong influence on me, not to discount the adventures like Tintin etc.
If you were to describe your book “Khel – the writings” to someone who has yet to read it, then how would you do it?
It’s a horror/Suspense novel about a game that becomes reality, an old curse comes to life and evil haunts till the game ends. Sanya Sharma, an investigative journalist, reeling from the losses of her past decides to take up the case of the mysterious deaths and unknowingly gets involved in the game. She realizes that she has to find a way to end the game to save her son and herself. But how will the game end and who will end the game? Will Sanya bury the evil or will the evil play the last hand?
Khel – the writings is a horror story based on the older era of Indian paranormal happenings. Why did you choose to bring such topic into action in today’s world again?
KTW is actually not bringing an old era of Indian Paranormal. Rather it is set in the modern time, save the background, which is set in a spooky and eerie past. Even modern Hollywood movies have settings in and around old abandoned mansions and ancient evil. So actually it is a modern use of the old Indian concept of evil.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Reading, watching movies, imagining story plots and characters.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?
Damn! I’m a writer.
What was your family’s reaction to find their son engrossed in writing? Any incidents you would like to share with us?
No real incident. They supposed it was inevitable.
What message would you like to give to the young generation and aspiring writers?
Go for it. Don’t think too much, just think of your story and put it out there. The Indian market is just beginning and there’s space for all.