The Literature Times: Welcome to The Literature Times, author. Congratulations on the release of your book. What responses are you getting from your readers? Please share your experience with this book.
Shambhavi Singh: The response has overall been an excellent one. The readers were completely engrossed in the book and found it very gripping to the end. Personally I was overwhelmed to hear the news of my book being published in such a short time duration. While writing the book I didn’t even imagine my book would be published by such a wonderful publishing house.
The Literature Times: What encourages you to become an Author?
Shambhavi Singh: One of my friends accused me of having no talent at all. This infuriated me and I set forth on my journey and this was the moment I wrote the first chapter of my book. I showed it to my best friend and she encouraged me to keep writing and that is how my journey went on and I completed the book.
The Literature Times: What are your favorite topics of writing? Please tell us something about your interest areas in the literature.
Shambhavi Singh: My favourite topics include murder mystery, thrillers, detective novel, and novels encompassing violence.
The Literature Times: We were hoping you could tell us about some of those writers who had inspired you and whom you follow!
Shambhavi Singh: Ah! The question I was waiting for. Personally, I was completely enamoured by Ma’am J.K. Rowling and Sir R.L. Stine. The former developed my interest in fiction while the latter made me delve deeper into thriller genre.
The Literature Times: The titles seem different and catchy; how you decided it? Please let us know the story behind it.
Shambhavi Singh: Initially, I was dubious as to what the title should be but then the thought that all the characters, be they villains or morally good, they were metaphorically stabbed. Something or the else happened which stabbed them and made them who they are.
The Literature Times: What are your achievements so far? Tell us something about your writing career.
Shambhavi Singh: This is my debut novel but I hope to write many many more novels in the blissful years to come.
The Literature Times: What is your current goal in writing a career? How do you see your future in writing?
Shambhavi Singh: I want to be a professor of literature after completion of my studies. Simultaneously, I want to write tons and tons of novels and keep bewitching my readers.
The Literature Times: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.
Shambhavi Singh: Yes, I have planned to write a few books in the coming future and have already developed a plot for one of them.
The Literature Times: How you see Indian writing in the 21st century? What changes do you see in the modern way of writing? Do you feel it has been changed by the time?
Shambhavi Singh: Indian writing has always been beautiful. They definitely are different than earlier. The styles have changed and so have the themes but they still capture that essential.
The Literature Times: How easy/ difficult it was for you to publish your book? What message would you like to give to budding authors?
Shambhavi Singh: It was neither a difficult or an easy task. I loved the fact that it got published earlier than I expected.
A message I want to give to budding authors is that they should not worry if their book gets published or not. They should keep writing without losing hope.