Glad to be back on your blog. :D
To begin with, Anjali’s story has been working on my mind since 11-12 years. I used to write on a notebook with a pen during those days. I wrote around 15000 words, typed the story out on a Word document. I didn’t write further as I had taken up a full time job by then.
Subsequent to that, my hard drive crashed and I lost the document. Searching all over my house, I couldn’t find the notebook either for a few years. Later, I found the written version that had about 10000 words and resurrected it on my PC. I wrote some more and I had 20000 plus words now.
What began as an out and out romance, decided to become a murder mystery. Yeah, my stories take their own paths and I have absolutely no control over them. ;)
What I found the most difficult was to trash the whole thing (yeah, the 20K words that I had written a second time) and begin writing once again. This time, each character wanted his/her say. And that’s how the minuscule chapters were born – each one from a different Point of View.
Yes, it was heart-wrenching chucking the first couple of drafts totally and rewriting the book. But I must say that I enjoyed the process.
As for it being difficult, yeah, it wasn’t easy killing Anjali’s husband as I am not very comfortable writing about a murder. But you have read the book, so you know that it’s not exactly a whodunit. I don’t think I could have pulled that off.