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In talkshow over ‘The Murder of Jay Shekhar’ with – Shalini P Sawkar

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I’m Shalini P Sawkar, an author from Bangalore, India. My book The Murder Of Jay Shekhar was published by Srishti Publishers in 2018. I’m also a Guest Writer for SheThePeople.TV and The Post India, where I have written articles on lifestyle, travel, creativity and work.

Q.1 Your debut novella is all about? How well did it cope with the society, and what you had inked in it for the readers? What ideas you had while you were inking this, and share your difficulties you had while shaping your debut child.

Ans: The Murder Of Jay Shekhar is a crime thriller, set in the cities of Bangalore, Goa and Ramnagara. It revolves around the life and death of an adventure hungry Jay, and his travels and his strange habit of befriending men thirty years older than him. It is a murky tale of lost love, jealousy and murder. It addresses some of the disturbing issues happening in our society such as organ trafficking. My message to my readers through this book is a simple question, ‘Does your fate depend on the company you keep?’
The character of Jay came to me first, and then I could weave the tale around him. The challenge I faced while penning this story was to keep the suspense going till the last line. I had to decide what I would reveal at what point, and just follow my instinct. But I had a lot of fun doing the same!

Q.2 How was the journey for you in the field of writings, and connection with your debut publisher? What were the outcomes and negativity you suffered? And what made you finally accomplish your goals ending up as an author.

Ans: My journey of writing began quite early, at the age of ten when I wrote a full fledged 200 pages story about a cave adventure. But twelve years later, at the age of 22 I knew that I wanted to write stories all my life, and thus began my journey as an author.
I wrote a lot of stories before I was published, I had to unfortunately discard some of them. I faced a couple of rejections. I read a lot of books on the craft of writing. My writing was getting better with each story I wrote, and I was delighted to receive an acceptance mail from my publisher, Srishti Publishers and Distributors and Arup Bose! My efforts had paid off. I’m grateful to my publisher for making my dream come true.

Q.3 How you look at the present condition in the feild of writings? Out of 100% population, 75% are choosing writing as a carrier, and shaping their future, while writing shit which hardly makes sense. And on the other hand, publishers are making profit in the market of no good reason. Do you think, in the coming era of living, indian literature will stay in safe hands? Kindly drop your comments over the same.

Ans: As humans, I think we are naturally inclined to language and writing. It comes from our need to express and communicate. However, not everyone chooses to write fiction, some of them may stick to journaling. So I’m not surprised that many are opting for creative careers like writing. But writing as a profession is quite transparent, one can’t fool readers with bad writing for long and succeed. Therefore, I think Indian literature is in safe hands, even if there are bad books in the market.

Q.4 What’s next in your creative bag, for the readers? If you’re into your next book, do surprise your readers by mentioning about the same here, and a bit of what would the story all around, and when would they get the book in the market.

Ans: I’m working on two projects currently! So one is a set of short stories, genre suspense. And the other is a contemporary novel about the confusion and chaos of life as an adult in India. The novel should be out by the end of this year, or sooner.

Q.5 Any suggestions for the budding writers, readers and for the writerstory? Do suggest what else the writerstory should do for you all budding writers.

Ans: I would suggest all budding writers to read a lot of fiction and non fiction books. There are a lot of creative writing courses available online, you can take them from the comfort of your home. Also, keep writing, at least a paragraph a day on topics that interest you.
And I think it’s a wonderful initiative by writerstory to help all writers to talk about their experiences and connect to readers through such interviews. A wonderful platform!

Link for the book – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07FDW9N23/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531303106&sr=8-1&keywords=B07FDW9N23

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