- Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an HR professional working for an MNC – HR business process outsourcing firm where I take care of the recruitment and payroll activities of some client companies. I have always been more inclined towards creative writing. Being a movie buff and a hard-core reader, I began my literary journey with a few fan fictions. Since then, I was hooked on to creating more stories and ended up writing short stories for my preferred genres.
- How did you become a part of this anthology?
I saw a post on Facebook by Half Baked Beans who were inviting writers for their Urban Horror Anthology. I was thrilled to be a part of this project since horror is my favorite genre. My mind was fixed to give it a go because the selected stories would have been compiled by Neil D ’Silva, the famous author in the Horror genre and whose work I deeply admire.
- What is your story about?
My story revolves around a guy who decides to spend his evening exploring the web only to be sucked into the dark world of the Internet.
- How did you come up with this story? Were you inspired by events?
The concept of casinos has always intrigued me. For some reason, I was even attracted to the Cyberpunk genre and had explored it by reading its short stories online. I came up with something known as the Dark Web and was thrilled to read its crazy side. Since the anthology needed an Urban horror, I came up with an idea that can be used for my story.
- How long did it take you to come up with the final draft of the story?
I believe it took me more than a week to complete the plot. Another few weeks, I spent by writing the story and a few more weeks I spent on editing the story to have it submitted to the publication.
- Anthologies aren’t as popular in India as abroad. Any apprehensions signing up?
I didn’t sign up for its popularity or demand in the market. As a writer, I was thrilled with the idea of having my story read by Neil D’Silva, an author whom I admire a lot. I wanted to challenge myself and take it as a learning experience through this project.
- What other genres interest you?
I love horror as my main genre. Apart from horror, I have explored thrillers and mystery.
- Any plans to write a full-fledged novel?
I am currently writing a horror fiction with quite a different concept that has a supernatural feel.
- The author market is choc-a-bloc today. What’s your take on that?
I would like to be called as a reader as well as an author. But there seems to be a lot of authors entering into the market. I have also observed that some people who are following a trend rather than bringing out new creative ideas in their stories.
- What would you tell a budding writer?
I believe writing is an introvert’s game. Take time to write for yourself. I believe each and every one of us has a story to tell and that needs to be told. Don’t doubt yourself and write what you feel. Let your imagination run wild. It’s an amazing feeling to release what’s there deep down in your soul.
- Which particular novel would you recommend to others?
Pishacha is my all-time favourite. I would also recommend Tell me your dreams, Master of the game, A Prisoner of birth, and last but not the least – Bastard which is a webtoon written by Youngchan Hwang.
- Any writer you’d like to see succeed?
I would want all writers to succeed. I believe any writer who has a passion for letting their story out in the world, needs to succeed and will succeed.
- What’s your favorite horror film?
Now, that’s a difficult question! I think my all-time favourite is Omen released in 1976. Apart from that I loved Conjuring, IT, Bhoot and Get Out.
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