Do you think reading a book filled of roller coasters of adventures would be a great escapade to transport our imaginations to and go through the feelings of the characters? Drowned into mixed feelings with a sense of perplexity and bewilder of what’s going to happen next, you feel trapped in a cage and have no choice but to turn another page. You want to save and warn the protagonist from the fate and feel completely helpless and at the mercy of the writer but what you can do is just wait, turning a page. This book is a collection of suspenseful short stories that will boggle your mind and intrigue you more and more. The writer’s imaginations transports you to an unusual world full of diverse and fascinating characters – from Juliet (a detective) investigating the infamous murder – The President Case’ ; Catherine – a millionaire pretending to be a poor girl as she goes through a street filled of ill-mannered and courageous people; Amelia who time travels to the future, being aware of the fact that she can’t return back to the present; Emma Miller – USA’s best inspector using online resources to crack a gas leakage case that killed 5 people while she is injured and lays on bed ; Detective Donna Wilson who finds herself uncover a far bigger mystery than where stolen watches and jewellery go; and last but not the least the writer herself drowning into the peculiarity of a girl who has created a strong impression on her; and many more incidents with bated breath. Engrossing and uncertain, Cryptic Tales published by Astitva Prakashan will engage and captivate all readers.
Interview with Kavya Mehta
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.
Kavya Mehta: I was amazed to get a very positive response from my readers. Especially my family and friends have loved my work and have appreciated me as well. While I was writing, it was a complete blissful moment and experience but when I started editing it was a road filled of obstacles. Editing is endless, you will surely find some faults when you do it. Also, while I edited, I felt so impatient and restless to hold my published book in my hands.
The Literature Times: What encourages you to become an Author?
Kavya Mehta: My loved ones have encouraged me a lot. Furthermore, the thoughts, imaginations and feelings inside me encourage and urge me to write down in the form of stories, poems and other forms of writing.
The Literature Times: What are your favorite topics of writing? Please tell us something about your interest areas in the literature.
Kavya Mehta:Suspense, Thriller and Mystery are my favourite topics of writing. I believe these themes, emerge out my imaginative self in depth as well as put the readers in a deep thought as they imagine the situation and are intrigued to read further to know what happens next.
The Literature Times: We were hoping you could tell us about some of those writers who had inspired you and whom you follow!
Kavya Mehta: Being an author, I have always been inspired by Ms. Sudha Murthy Ji of whom I have read numerous books of. I’ve learned many valuable things from her books and feel inspired reading her work.
The Literature Times: The titles seem different and catchy; how you decided it? Please let us know the story behind it.
Kavya Mehta: My book is all about a collection of mystical suspenseful stories and I think that the title chosen – ‘Cryptic Tales’ best suits it. I was researching about some words that could suit my book and as I found the word – ‘Cryptic’, a feeling rose that confirmed me that no other title could be better than this one.
The Literature Times: What are your achievements so far? Tell us something about your writing career.
Kavya Mehta: This is my first published book and I hope to come with many more. Recently, my story and poem have been published in two separate anthology books, ‘Unusual Accounts’ and ‘Secrets’. Besides that, I publish my work on online writing sites and also have a blogsite of my own – KavyaKites wherein I upload different types of blogs. Playing on the keyboard is my hobby, thereby I also have a YouTube channel – KavyaKites wherein I upload my keyboard videos.
The Literature Times: What is your current goal in writing a career? How do you see your future in writing?
Kavya Mehta: Writing is of course my passion and I’ve always seen it in that way. I don’t perceive it as a profession and thus whatever I’ve written till now is just because of my passion. As a student dedicated towards my studies, I would continue writing that I would love to do in my free time.
The Literature Times: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.
Kavya Mehta: I’m planning to come up with a book on a collection of mixed poems and another with a collection of stories again. As I gain more experience, I will also try my hand at writing novels.
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?
Kavya Mehta: The Indian writing in the 21st century has changed quite a lot. The modern way of writing deals with current themes and reflects the technological culture. It consists more of hyperreality, unreliable narrative as well as more of imagination.
The Literature Times: How easy/ difficult it was for you to publish your book? What message would you like to give to budding authors?
Kavya Mehta: Writing this book was a marvellous experience. However, I was stuck in a jumble of mixed feelings, being unsure of how the readers would respond to my first book.
To all the budding authors out there, if you love writing, just give a shot at it. And I’m sure that you will feel on the top of the world after you’re done with your work. Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. Remember – A writer gets to live yet another life every time he or she creates a new story.