22 April, 2019

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Written Words - The Past and The Present by Ruchi Singh

*** Special Feature - April 2019 ***

About the Book:
Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead. 

He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables trust is hard to come by…

Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life. 

The killer is resourceful and determined. 
The motive is unclear and perplexing.

Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?

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Written Words - The Past and The Present

As far as I remember, I have always been reading… and reading a lot. My mother used to threaten that she would burn the books one day, and my husband is still jealous of the time I spend with them.

When I look back at my reading history I realize I have always loved fiction, be it any genre; romance, suspense, crime, mythology, fantasy or a mix of any of these. It has fueled my imagination and entertained me immensely. 

Major contributors and influencers have been my school library and my father’s collection. I read both in English and Hindi.

The magic must have been in the air when I found Nancy Drew ‘The Mystery of 99 steps’. Though I don’t remember the entire story, I can still feel the lingering euphoria when the mystery was solved. Nancy Drew was my first mystery/ suspense heroine. 

The second wave of magic weaved its spell when I issued Georgette Heyer’s ‘The Reluctant Widow’ from the senior library, which was the only novel in the library apart from classics. With Lord Carlyon the handsome hero and Miss Rochdale a courageous heroine, I was hurled into the world of adventure, suspense, and romance, in that order. 

I was addicted!

When there were no books available I read Daphne Du Maurier, Prem Chand’s novels in Hindi, from my father’s collection, and ChandraKanta Santati (the first fantasy series for me).

As the time went by I came across two authors Jeffery Archer (Prodigal Daughter) and Frederick Forsyth (Day of Jackal) and read all the books published by them wherever I could lay my hands on them. I came to realize I am loyal to one author at a time.

So, after my reading affair ended with the above two, the sequence of my author-fan phase went something like this; Mario Puzo, Ayn Rand, Robert Ludlum (great writer), Sydney Sheldon, John Grisham, Harry Potter series, Dan Brown, Judith McNaught, Meg Cabot (courtesy my daughter) Georgette Heyer, Nora Roberts, … the list is endless.

As I switched to the other side without any credentials (I am an IT professional) and won a few story contests, I realized storytelling came naturally to me. When I began to get good reviews for the novels too I knew its all because of my multi-genre reading spree. And the credit goes to the authors who have showed me how to weave a motion picture with words. I salute them on this day for painting such a rich story-world for me to absorb, learn and put the knowledge to my writing.

Needless to say, I strongly believe a person who wants to be a good author has to read a lot. The knowledge on pacing and structuring of a story comes only with reading good stories, thereby getting to know the nuances of storytelling.

The power of written words is to fire up the imagination of a reader, and that is what I plan to do with my stories and novels.

And read I will…

Till we meet next…

About the Author:
Author of the bestselling romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional turned novelist. Her other published novels are ‘Take 2’, ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’ and the recent one ‘Guardian Angel’ a spin off from ‘The Bodyguard’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi has also published short stories under the collection, ‘Hearts and Hots', besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.

A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. She has also reviewed many contemporary works of authors. The reviews are published on her website www.ruchisingh.com

Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling in Indian classical dance forms.

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