*** Special Feature - November 2016 ***
About the Author
Aniesha Brahma is an author who realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She also happens to be the social media manager for BEE Books. Her debut novel, The Secret Proposal (2012) was published by General Press and was followed by When Our Worlds Collide (2015) by the same. She blogs at: www.anieshabrahma.com and runs an online magazine, BUZZ Magazine (www.buzzmagazine.in). She can be contacted at: email@example.com. She lives in Kolkata with her family and her five super adorable cats!
The Inspiration for All Signs Lead Back to You
Quite honestly, All Signs Lead Back to You started off as a joke. I had read a writing prompt which said that your characters have broken up, and now your characters meet again – what happens now? I started toying with the idea of this girl called Diya Rai, who would be my polar opposite because Akriti had been more or less me.
I thought about Diya and I thought about Ashwin Chowdhury, the boy who falls in love with her and pays the price for the same. And I thought of the storms they could possibly create and how Fate can be a really horrible thing at times!
The other idea I was toying with at the moment was about first loves. No matter how many times we fall in love, how many people fall in love with us, our first loves are always special. Little things will always make us remember them. Isn’t it?
By this time, Ashwin and Diya had taken root firmly in my mind. They refused to leave me alone, even when I was at work. Telling me their stories in bits and pieces, and I tried my best to put them together. You must have heard how the stories are in our heads are not quite how they are when we write them down. Half the things I learned about these characters, their lives, never even made it to the book! And that’s a perfectly normal thing.
The story was mostly rooted in the very haunting question – does first love ever deserve a second chance? Because quite honestly, you will never find a love quite like your first.
I’ve been asked before if these characters were based on people I know. The answer to which is: yes and no. We are writers who are inspired by people and events. Sometimes two people can mesh together and form a whole new third in our lives.
Diya, as I have said before, is just my opposite. While writing, I would imagine being in her shoes and make her do things I’d never do! Ashwin, is based on someone that I used to know, and he is also fleshed out according to how I’d deemed fit. Nina, is the utopian best friend we all dream of having and some of us are lucky enough to even have. As for Rishabh and Trina, their only purpose had been to be obstacles in Ashwin and Diya’s path.
I honestly had a lot of fun writing this book. And I had even more fun while Sam di did the editing, followed by Sugandha doing the proofreading. And Esha and I myself reading the last drafts! This whole experience had been surreal to say the least. And yes, I will be back again with a new book because come on. I’ll never get tired of telling stories to this world. Because I’m always inspired. Always looking for stories.
All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma
As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.
So she does a preemptive strike.
She dumps him before he can hurt her.
Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.
Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about
first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.
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