How did the idea originate?
I started writing when I had just moved to New York. I was homesick and wanted to write about India. After I moved to New York, I took up a creative writing course which helped me improve my writing skills and kick started the process. Once I was able to put pen to paper, the words just started flowing! I have always loved thrillers and the rush of anticipation they created, so writing a thriller was something that came naturally to me.
Genesis of the novel I grew up reading thrillers and suspense stories. I experiment new genres but the suspense novel always draws me back.
I have had so many experiences where I imagined a spooky situation turning itself into a nail biting story with characters that bring life to it. S.T.A.L.K.E.D. is a collection of those instances some imagined some real!
S.T.A.L.K.E.D. is the story of a young lawyer Tara Bakshi. She starts working on a highly sensitive and intriguing project called “Emerald”. Things soon start to spiral out of control when uncovers some startling inconsistencies and realises she is being stalked. She needs to act fast before the stalker strikes his next victim.
This is where I stop and you read the book to find out what happens next.
Writing is therapeutic for me and I would try to write as regularly as possible. There have been challenges along the way such as time constraints, or even having the time but not being able to come up with anything new and then on the other hand, days just pours out. It took around three years to finish writing S.T.A.L.K.E.D. and I am delighted to be talking about the journey that brought my first book to fruition. I would write everywhere but my favourite was a café close to where I live.
Who should read ?
I met a 14 year old read my book and my father-in-law read it who is 75 years old. So I guess that covers most age groups.
A young lawyer, when she starts work on the top-secret assignment, Project Emerald, Tara discovers that someone had been tampering with the files. As she uncovers one evidence after another, someone starts stalking her every move. He shadows her on the street, in the parking lot, in her own bedroom; nowhere is she safe from his prying gaze. The only clue she has to his identity is a Zippo lighter with a serpent carved on it. As events turn darker with back-to-back murders, Tara teeters on the verge of a collapse. What does the killer want from her? Is he hiding behind a familiar face? Even as her life turns into a whirling nightmare that pulls her into its web, Tara must discover the truth before he strikes again … A riveting thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.