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have t o overcome numerous obstacles to thwart the evil designs of the ‘ Hefigans’, creatures of Sceadu, in order to save their own world from annihilation. It is therefore a story of self-belief, of courage, of loyalty, and of sacrice. It is a story that pitches the forces of good against those of evil, a theme commonly explored in the fantasy genre. And so we see the four protagonists overcoming their personal demons during the course of the story, an aspect that ultimately also brings them closer to each other. The book also touches upon the importance of balance and harmony, not only in life but also on a universal level.
What made you decide upon the chosen subject? All along, I have always been fascinated by shadows, these supposedly docile grey shapes! In physics, shadows are formed when an object blocks light. In psychology, their treatment is somewhat different. Regardless of this, shadows are rarely given a second thought! Nevertheless, if we think of it otherwise, shadows never leave our side, quiet companions, popping about on walls and different surfaces always. But what if these neglected entities held a land replete with dangerous creatures bidding their time to escape into our world and cause destruction? It was this question that inspired me to write Sceadu!
How has the process of writing the book been? The entire process of writing Sceadu involved extensive research in psychology and mythology. In a way, it was completely different from my previous works. I wanted people to look at their shadows and ask ‘what if’ and to bring that effect out; it needed a lot of effort! The difcult part was to weave the two subjects together in such a way that fantasy became believable. I had to particularly work hard on the details so as to not leave any loose ends when it came to tying all the elements of the plot together. I am a believer of the fact that it is the characters that bring any story together, so I spent quite a lot of time in developing my principal characters to ensure they were interesting and memorable. To be honest, it was actually quite a lot of fun to develop the characters, especially the mannerisms and dialogue! It was also challenging to create a fantasy land from scratch, complete with its own rules and a map for the benet of the reader. While the preparation phase went on for some time, it probably took me about three months to pen the complete novel the rst time around. However, it did go through its share of edits and rewrites before it took on its current form, a process that stretched on for a few years.
How is the audience feedback on the book? Any particular response that struck you? Feedback from the audience, both young and adult readers, have been thoroughly phenomenal! Personally, I believe that this is a testimony to Sceadu’s interesting plot and unique concept along with some great characterization, and to its universal appeal. To quote two of the responses that have made me proud to have authored Sceadu – ‘Well-crafted and executed, this is a book that is worthy of belonging to the time-honoured fantasy genre.’ Himanjali Sankar, Editor at Bloomsbury India ‘ Sceadu is such a worthwhile and invigorating read that it is quite likely to spawn a cult following, who will soon be asking for more stories in the same vein.’ Lois Henderson, BookPleasures.com
Tell us about the projects you are currently working on? Currently, I am working on a romantic comedy. It also is my very rst in this genre. Quiet a departure from my usual style of writing and storytelling; I am thoroughly enjoying the process! This would be followed by a work of ction for children. Moreover, I am also doing research for a historical ction novel.
On a concluding note, tell us one reason why the readers should pick up Sceadu? If I were to think of one reason as to why the readers should pick up Sceadu, it would be the logical basis of this entire fantasy, which makes it a thrilling yet plausible adventure! And if I were permitted to offer just one more reason, well, they absolutely must if they want to unlock the secrets of the shadow!