If you liked my book "The Keystroke Killer," I think you're going to like this next book, "Haunted" by H. G. Ahedi. It is filled with twists, turns and things that you don't see coming. So, for all of those adults who love a good thriller and mystery, add this book to your Christmas list.
ABOUT THE BOOK
I was born and brought up in Central West India, in a town called Pune, which is about 200 kilometers from Mumbai. Fascinated by research, I moved to Australia to obtain a Masters’ degree. I lived in Melbourne for a year and then moved again to complete my Ph.D. in the small beautiful town called Hobart in Tasmania.
I have to say that the most inspiring thing that drove me to write, but also rewrite (several times), run a campaign to fund this book, and to get it published was my father’s passing away. My deepest regret is that he never saw my books being published. He hardly knew I wrote.
I wrote Haunted when I had finished my Ph.D., I didn’t have a stable job and I was in depression. Don’t get me wrong, I was fortunate to be surrounded by ‘awesome’ people, but a family loss is something that is very personal, and you cannot define a time or decide ‘this is the day I get over it.’ You can’t. No one can. In a way, Haunted saved me, writing and rewriting it helped me get through a tough time. It’s no surprise, I dedicated the book to my father.
When I began designing the cover, I just wanted to show one thing, which was the heart of the story. I remembered that when I looked at book covers in the bookshops, some would have too much information, or the fonts would be too large and overall didn’t seem appealing. I wanted something abstract. When I thought about the book cover, I wanted something that would attract attention and draw readers.
Initially, I designed four book covers and sent them off to my friends. Some of them had read the story and quickly concluded that three covers out of four didn’t suit the novel. My friends who hadn’t read the book thought the green cover was mysterious and attractive. Since the green cover got the most votes, I improved it and then sent it to a book cover designer who did her magic!
Q4: Who has been the most significant influence on you personally, and as a writer?
People inspire me to write. Everyone has a story, and we like to read stories. A decade ago, I used to write for myself, now I write for others, for my readers. It’s something I was given, and I want to share it. In 2012, when I began sharing my work with close friends, I could see their eyes lit up. They would say: OMG this is so amazing! We want to read more. How do you think of these things? The excitement in their voice fed my creativity.
When people heard of Haunted and that I was running a campaign to fund it, they visited the campaign page and read all about the book, and the best part is that they wanted to contribute. To know more, and to be a part of my journey. I would say people around me inspire me.
The feedback was not always helpful, and sometimes it was depressing to hear people say, “Oh, this is not good enough,” but as a professional writer, you have to understand that everyone has their own opinion.
Haunted is a suspense thriller that begins in Egypt, where a group of archeologists are looking for a ship that has been long forgotten. Dr. Marian Watson is one of them, and she senses that the ship is telling her a tale of horror and lunacy which will never die, and she is right.
Then the story shifts to New York, where Dr. Sterling is a medical examiner who doesn’t think that the three men in cold storage committed suicide. All he wants to do is to follow his instincts, but before he can find any evidence, he vanishes.
Simultaneously, a scientist pays a high price for his curiosity and seeks help from Roumoult Cranston, a well-known lawyer. What begins as a routine investigation soon opens a series of unbelievable and bizarre incidences.
As a writer, I want people to read my book and go, what the _____ (I will let you fill the blank). That is success for me. Of course, selling tons of books is a plus point, but every author knows the feeling when the reader/fan says: “Oh my god, I never saw that coming.” “How could you think such a complex story.” “Wow… that was amazing.” “I love your book, when are you writing the next one.”
Q9: What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
FOLLOW THE AUTHOR
Authors website: https://harbeerahedi.wordpress.com/
Good reads site: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48724089-haunted