Interview Session- Aparna Sinha, Author of Ashvamedha

Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Born and raised in city of Allahabad, by academician father (his book has won the national award) and writer mother; I was always a dreamer and always a story teller. I was a marketing communication professional and have worked in different geographies across SEAsia. I am a stay at home, mother of one year old boy and I love every bit of motherhood.

I love to read, travel and play electronic games (video/mobile). I have done Social service in field of women and child education.

I dislike watching movies or TV.

Aparna

2. What brought you in this writing world?

I started writing very young and recited a self composed poem at All India Radio when I was seven. I have been writing since. Professionally, I have written many industry-related and thought leadership articles (published in various magazines across globe) I have also written Poetries, prose and plays- many are published in various media.

The book happened when I was hit by chronic autoimmune disorder, which forced me to quit my job; while the world/society felt sorry for me for losing my perfect skin to a disease, which may or may not cure, I used the time to write the novel.  I recuperated as the book finished. Even though my body still carries marks of that illness, but it doesn’t remind me of pain and sleepless nights; it has made me strong and I thank god for that!

3. What after writing?

Writing is more like part of my life and it will remain so. I am so accustomed to penning my thoughts that a life after that in unimaginable.

4. Tell us about your work?

Ashvamedha- The Game of power, is a political thriller. The book is at #6 among “top 50 favorite books by a female author, 2016” (done by The Ladies Finger). Hindu (News paper) called it one of the best thrillers of recent times and is also among the top reads of Juggernaut APP.

Blurb

“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

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5. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

Adya, female lead, resemblances with me in many ways- she is independent, focused and very professional, dislikes wearing formal attire and loves to eat (very similar).

6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Literature is the mirror of the people and society (and their sentiments), in words; it has various forms and styles, many languages and different views, but in the end it represents us; hence like us, it has gone through changes, it evolved. Like us, it is complex and simple at the same time.

To me a Haiku is as much a literature as limerick and Shakespeare is as eminent writer as E.L James.

7. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I am voracious reader and I read a lot. I am inspired by many authors and I quote them often- Besides John Keats. Oscar Wile, Charles Dickens… (Classic)

Kahlil Gibran: Easy parables with deep meanings. His writing goes deep within your soul and stirs it.  So beautifully written so simple and yet hard hitting is how I will define his writing skills

Michael Crichton: One of the best brains with very lucid story telling style; from quantum mechanics to DNA restructuring, he made complex subject looks like a child’s play.

Robert Ludlum: A thriller fanatic would always quote his name (if not intimidated by number of pages of his books) Detailed narration and great story has capacity to glue the readers till the end

Contemporary

John Grisham: Purely for his narrative style and drama

Khaleed Hosseni: is Charles Dickens of modern era; when he writes you could actually smell the fear and feel the pain!

Dan Brown: For the mystery on once an unexplored genre (symbology) and the narrative style.

8. Anything about your upcoming work?

I am working on a crime fiction.

9. How can our readers connect with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ashvamedha/

Twitter: aparna@326

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