I never in a million years thought I would be a writer. I still remember the
moment I decided to write a story. It was a beautiful July morning and I was on my
way to work driving on a scenic California highway. I have a good hour drive to work
and I spent the time that day thinking about what it would take for someone to find a
long lost friend especially in this day and age of social media. I thought about all the
friends I was able to get in touch with on Facebook and the ones I could not, no
matter how much I searched. That’s when I thought of the story of Nick and Sameera
who were friends in high school and lost touch.
I started by literally writing down on a sheet of paper the main aspect of the
story, finding lost love. My characters were born and the story started to form. I
wanted the charaters to be Indian but living in the beautiful San Francisco bay area. I
still have notes from my initial days with the names and characteristics of each
character and why I wanted them to have those traits. I wanted my story to be strong
and deep so I needed something more than love and friendship and the only thing
that gave my story the depth was destiny.
I spent two weeks from the day I thought of the story to figure out if I could
really do it and I discussed with a few of my loved ones. Inspite of the nagging
question around the use of time I told myself I was going to put the story on paper so
I can read the story even if no one wants to read it.
Once I started writing, I could not stop. I was writing part time but it took me
two months to publish the book. The energy and the enthusiasm I had was just
unbelievable. In the two months I spent working on my book the series was born, I
carved out what I wanted to write in part two and three and put the oulines aside and
focused on getting my thoughts out for the first part.
My family and friends were extremely surprised when I told them I wrote a
book and a lot of them asked the standard ‘Who are you?’ question after reading my
book. The feedback and comments I received from everyone was extremely
encouraging and that’s what keeps me going.