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The Revenge of Kaivalya by Sumana Khan

The Blurb

Deep within the womb-like forests of the Western Ghats, an entity manifests itself at the malevolent moment when the ocean rises to devour hundreds of thousands. Kencha, an unwitting witness to Its birth, is soon found dead – his body branded with a strange message written in HaLegannada, an ancient version of modern Kannada. Even as Dhruv Kaveriappa, Chief Conservator of Forests - Hassan division investigates Kencha’s death, he senses an unseen danger in the forests of Kukke, Bisle and Sakleshpura. Animals drop dead; plants wither away and just as he feared, the forest claims its first victim. Shivaranjini, on vacation in Sakleshpura, suffers a devastating tonic-clonic seizure moments after she returns from a visit to the forest. Soon, she begins to exhibit a bizarre personality disorder. Perhaps there is an outbreak of an unknown rabies-like disease? Or, as ridiculous as it seems, could it be a case of tantric witchcraft? 
The truth unfolds in a dizzying maelstrom of events - a truth far too terrifying to comprehend

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Meet the author

The Author's Thoughts

In the early stages of my manuscript, I knew the title of my novel had to be the name of the principal character. And it could not be just any name. It had to fit into the storyline - from a time perspective, as well as setting the atmosphere. It had to sound ancient and also define the character. Tall order!

As I read up on the history of Vijayanagara, I hoped to come across a good, strong name...but history, largely, is about men and their wars and conquests. I hoped to select a name from our puranas. But nothing clicked. What about our stotras? Maybe the lalitha sahasranama? Or ashtalakshmi stotra? One evening I sat mulling on 'Kausalya'...thanks to the most famous line 'Kausalya supraja Rama purva sandhya pravarthathe' from the Suprabhata :) I went to bed with that line in my head.

The next morning, somehow, ‘Kausalya’ had transformed to ‘Kaivalya’. I did not remember coming across the name in any of my previous research. Curious, I looked up what ‘Kaivalya’ stood for. And was fascinated.   Read More ........

Interview with Sumana

Q1. Sumana tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Bangalore; my education, career…everything is tied to Bangalore. I had an IT career that spanned for a little more than a decade. I currently live in the UK, where I took a break to pursue my academic and literary interests.

Q2. In one sentence, what is your book about?

The Revenge of Kaivalya is a supernatural thriller.

Q3. What inspired you to write this book? 

I enjoy reading books that have complex plots, well-crafted characters and intricate details. I especially enjoy thrillers/horror/crime genres. So while there is no single point of inspiration, I guess I set about writing a genre that I most enjoy reading.   

Q4. Do you have a specific writing style? 

I've not consciously crafted any style. But my writing does have its own voice (as in the case of all authors); I prefer simple, crisp sentences. I do focus on story-telling, and I take my time developing the characters, setting the scene and controlling the pace.

Q5. How did you come up with the title? 

The title was a challenge. May I please inconvenience the reader and direct him/her to this link, where I've written at length over the name? (I hope it’s worth your while, dear reader!)

Q6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Good lord no! It is a book meant to entertain – and I only hope it achieves its objectives.

Q7. What was your technique when planning your plot and characters? 

I really did not employ any techniques. But I did maintain character sketches – or profiles if you will – in a notebook. The plot – while I had a broad outline at the outset, the details fell into place only as I progressed from chapter to chapter. I am most comfortable working without a rigid plot line since this gives tremendous flexibility, and I can explore sub-plots more effectively.

Q8. What do you love most about writing? 

The process itself - it is solitary, calming and entire worlds reside inside your head – so you are never really ‘alone’.

Q9. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Of course. No author is ever satisfied with their manuscript. I’d probably tighten the narration a lot more.

Q10. What were the challenges in bringing it to life? 

Historical research is always a challenge – especially when one is weaving fiction with non-fiction.  The other challenge I faced (or chose not to face) was rather peculiar. I finished my manuscript in 2009. I realized genre fiction in India was few and far between, and was absolutely convinced that none of the mainstream publishing houses will even look at my project. I did not send out my manuscript at all; instead I chose to self publish through CinnamonTeal. It is only in 2011 that I mustered enough courage to knock on the doors of publishing houses…and that’s how I was picked up by Westland. But the whole experience has been wonderful – it gave me an opportunity to understand the publishing industry at a ground level.  

Q11. Do you see writing as a career? 

Mark Twain, in Tom Sawyer, observes “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” So I guess slotting writing as ‘career’ would make it a chore. But I won’t be pretentious; I guess the ideal situation is when your hobby starts making money too.

Q12.Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

Of course. Every sentence is a challenge. It is a torment to capture and translate what goes on inside your head to bland alphabets.

Q13. What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

Everything. Yeah…just about everything. Starting from the title, to drafting  Chapter 1, to ‘The End’ -everything was laborious.

Q14. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Find your own voice.

Q15. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

Nope. I can only hope they enjoy the book.

Q16. What are your current projects? 

I’m currently working on psychological thriller and a short stories collection.

Q17. Where can people find you on the Internet?

I’m not on twitter.

Q18. What’s next up for you, writing-wise?

I should wrap up the psychological thriller by this year end.

Q19. Before you go how about an excerpt from your book to intrigue and tantalize us.

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1 comment:

  1. Great to know how you go about your writing - the way you create your plot and characters, Sumana Khan. I just loved your book. Looking forward to your psychological thriller soon. Great interview, Nikita :)


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