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Author Interview: Amit Sharma on The Woman Who Saw The Future

Let’s meet Amit Sharma- the young author who recently brought out his second novel titled “The Woman Who Saw the Future”, published by Readomania.

This fiction narrates the story of Sapna Vaid, a young girl with a unique power, that turns her from a timid young girl to the most influential and powerful Goddess on earth. With this ability, Sapna sees the future and saves thousands of people around the world. Even though the world is at her feet, the power costs Sapna her personal life. Thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live. And as the blurb of the book suggests, in a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes.

Amit Sharma’s earlier book was published by Lifi publications in 2016, titled “False Ceilings”. In his second book, Amit delves into a rather interesting theme. It got me intrigued and I just had to get him to answer a few questions. So here they are- answers by the author himself.

Who is your favorite character from the book?

That is a very difficult question. An author has to give equal importance to all his characters because each of them takes the story forward. But if I have to choose, I’ll go with the protagonist of my book, Sapna Vaid, as my favorite character mainly because she was the most difficult character in terms of creating the character graph. She had to go from one end of the spectrum to another in the decade in which the story is set. Her rise to fame, happiness, confusion, rage, jealousy, manipulations, fears and the eventual downfall had to come through. Even though the story is told through the eyes of seven other characters, it was eventually her story. So, I had to maintain a certain balance between what her diaries portray and what everyone else was saying about her.

What were your challenges in writing about your conceptualized character?

The biggest challenge was to give each character a distinct voice. Since the story is told from the perspective of a number of characters, if was necessary to make sure that they don’t have the author’s voice but their own distinct voice. It took me a while to get that right. Also, the story is a bit unbelievable, so I wanted an element where readers can relate to it instead of saying – Oh! Something like this can never happen in reality. I did that by blending actual accidents, terrorist attacks and calamities into the story. I had to do a few months of research to set the decade and then weave the major calamities of that decade into the story.

Would this book have a sequel?

I have left the end open for a sequel and I would love to write one. Currently I am working on my third book. Once that is done and dusted, I would definitely come back to think about working on the sequel of The Woman Who Saw The Future. I have a basic thread of a story idea in mind but I need to expand it into a full-fledged novel.

If this book had to be made into a Bollywood flick, who would suit the role of the protagonist?

I think Alia Bhatt will be great to play the protagonist. She can play both the college going confused girl and an narcissist celebrity with ease. She will have to play mother to a 10 year old in the second half of the movie, but I suppose it’s a challenge that she might love.

*The Woman Who Saw The Future is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book format

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