Yes, it’s that time of the year again. November, for me, and for thousands like me from all over the world who love writing, means it time for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo,) Some one once asked me in an interview, “When do you write?” She meant to ask whether I wrote in the mornings or in the evenings and did I have a preferred time slot for writing. I replied, ” In November!” with all seriousness. Strange as it may seem, for the last few years , ever since I became a full-time writer, virtually all my writing has taken place in November of each year. Here’s where you can order all my books.
I am delighted that I have successfully completed NaNoWriMo for the last five consecutive years. In the very first year, I completed the first 50,000 words of my debut novel, “It Can’t Be You.” That was back in 2009. The book was published in 2010.
In the next year, 2010, I wrote one more thriller, published as ” Lucky For Some, 13″ which was published in 2012.
2011 saw me write the third thriller in a row, “Let The Dead Stay Dead.” This has been published on Wattpad for your free reading pleasure.
For 2012, I changed my strategy and took up short stories for a change. ” A Bouquet From India” is my collection of ten short stories set in contemporary India. This too has been edited since then and is ready for publication.
In 2013, I wrote the first 50,000 words of ” Obedience Unto Death” a novel in the genre of alternate history. As you can imagine, based on my track record, this is being edited and is nearing completion. It is an exciting story about Adolf Hitler and his cronies which starts from the closing days of World War II.
I decided this year to go in for short stories again. My goal is to write about 15 short stories of about 3500 words each. They have a common theme in that they are all about life in the cities of contemporary India. No prizes for guessing the title, it’s tentatively called, ” Life In The City.”
Wish me luck as I start on an activity that I am passionate about. Thank you, NaNoWriMo for changing my entire approach to writing and for giving me a second career.