Can you imagine a woman who can see the future of other people and help them in their distress? Is it a boon or a curse is the question. The woman does one mistake and begins to lose her power. What happens next?
Amit Sharma presents a rollercoaster ride of a second novel – The Woman Who Saw The Future. Here’s the author in a conversation with Ashima Jain.
What made you pick ‘premonitions’ as the basis of your second novel? Does the subject have a personal connect with you?
I did not choose the topic, the topic chose me. I experienced some strange incidents of my own which lead to a deep fear of dreams in me, dreams which might come true. For example, the incident of Sapna having a premonition of Gujrat earthquake of 2002 described in the novel happened in real life with me. I saw the dream of the earthquake two days before it actually happened. I had similar experiences of premonitions later (which weren’t necessarily always in the form of dreams) that lead me to think deeper about the topic and which eventually lead to this book. The moment I saw my first premonition come true, I knew that the world around us cannot be completely defined by Science. There is so much we don’t know, so much we will never know.
How did you come about weaving Sapna’s story around world events? What kind of research did you go through?
I did around two months of research around all the major world disasters that happened during the decade in which the story is set because I wanted to incorporate them in Sapna’s story. I believed that the story will look much more real and credible if people reading it relate to the disasters. That was another reason to place the story in that specific decade of 2002-2012. I remember how I had goosebumps while writing about 9/11 and the Tsunamis in South Asia.
I also did a lot of research around premonitions and what we call ESP – Extra Sensory Perception. I had to know what the Science community thinks about this condition and the experiments that have happened around the globe.
I also researched about the specific areas of Delhi where the story is set.
You have mentioned that you started writing this book in 2002. How do you think the story evolved from the time you first conceptualized it, to the finished manuscript?
I think barring the basic thread, I completely revamped the story when I picked it again in 2015. I had written the novel in 2002 and it was lying in a box in the store room of my house. It was only after my first book, False Ceilings, came out in 2015 that I thought of picking this story again. I re-read it and then re-wrote it simply because more than a decade had passed and I was a different person now. I have read hundreds of books, gone through numerous new experiences. The world around me had changed so much. I felt that the book can be so much better and I worked on it again for almost 1.5 years before I submitted it to Readomania to consider.
Do you believe premonitions can be as powerful as described in your book?
There is a scene in the book where Sapna’s parents take her to a Psychiatrist and he discussed famous cases of premonitions in the world. I have read about these cases and there is an overwhelming amount of evidence (though not scientifically proved, obviously), that sometimes people do get forewarnings. It might not be a strong premonition, but a feeling of foreboding or a sense of déjà vu, that the scene about to unfold has been witnessed by you before.
Coming back to your question, dreams belong to a strange world and I do believe that what we see there hold some meaning. They are mostly like riddles, but sometimes, they do give us very clear picture of the future. I am talking from experience.
You have narrated this story through the words of the different characters. How easy or difficult was it to use a multi-person narrative?
I have always loved the concept of telling the story from the perspective of multiple characters. My first book also followed a similar pattern, although it was written in the third person POV. I wanted to try first person POV this time because it was challenging. I had to create multiple distinct voices and that was the most difficult part. Also, I had to write the story in such a way that the flow I maintained when the narrative moved from one person to another. It took me a while to get the Chapter outline in place because of this reason, but what fun I had!
About the author :
Amit Sharma is an IT slave (read professional) since the last twelve years. He lives with his family in NCR but his work does take him to foreign lands. His wife was a teacher till she gave it up because of sheer exhaustion of answering questions of their four-year-old daughter all day.
His first fiction book, False Ceilings, a family saga spanning one hundred and thirty years, was published by Lifi Publications in 2016. The book garnered many good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and critical acclaim. Amit’s hobbies include reading, watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
Author(s): Amit Sharma
Release: November 2017
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