Shalini P Sawkar: Author Interview

We all have confessions. Some confessions we share, some we keep to ourselves. When we heard about Shalini Sawkar’s new book, Confessions of an IT Employee, we at thenotoriousreader were eager to know more about the book and the author.

Shalini P. Sawkar is a writer from Bangalore, India. She worked with Accenture as a software engineering analyst from 2014 to 2017. Her published works of fiction include The Murder Of Jay Shekhar, 2018 ‘The Code Of Conduct In Her Shoes’ in the anthology Born Too Soon, 2017 ‘The Witch Of Strawhorn’ in Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Issue 11, 2017 She also works as an Article Writer for SheThePeople.TV and The Post India since 2018.

Can you tell us what inspired you to be a writer?

I was an avid reader as a child, and I wanted to be a writer ever since I turned 10! So I think that my childhood dream of becoming a writer inspired me to go back to writing stories a decade later.

 Please tell us more about your books.

Confessions Of An IT Employee is an Indian fiction novel. It is a romantic comedy revolving the lives of four engineers: Sanchita, Alisha, Nishant, and Bhoomija, who are in search of their true selves. It is an inspirational tale of battling societal norms, overcoming depression, and discovering one’s passion, and doing it all amid bosses from hell and endless traffic jams of Bengaluru. Can love and friendship survive in the corporate battle for ratings? Can one discover their passion and have the courage to follow their heart?

When I Find You is my latest thriller. It’s available on Amazon Kindle. I’m happy to share that the book has remained on Amazon Bestsellers List for a month now. Nikhil catches a last-minute flight from Delhi to Bengaluru on a personal mission—but it is only the beginning. Will his journey bear fruit or be an utter waste of time? Meanwhile, Vidya is meddling in matters she ought not to interfere in. Can love be delusional? With dark secrets buried deep, who will win in this battle of wits?

Can you please shed some more light on the main characters of the books?

Sure! I’d love to tell you about the characters of both my books:

Confessions Of An IT Employee: Sanchita is battling between her passion and profession. Alisha is living in romantic bliss and plans to settle abroad with her boyfriend, but what if fate pulled the rug from under her feet? Behind his happy-go-lucky attitude, Nishant feels overshadowed by his successful siblings and spends most of his time
getting wasted in bars because he feels he has no talent. He is in search of his passion. Bhoomija is a village girl, who wants to fit into the urban crowd. She is seeking love and acceptance from the people around her, but does she lose her integrity in the journey? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

In, When I Find You, you’ll find crafty devious characters, which get darker and darker as the plot progresses.  Also, there is an unconventional protagonist—somebody you’d not be able to guess to be the lead character!

Why did you choose to write about this particular topic?

I wanted to write fiction that is realistic and connects with the youngsters of our country. We choose our career at the age of 18 without realizing that we’d have to stick to it until we’re 80. So, I wanted to address this subject in my story Confessions Of An IT Employee, in the hope, to inspire people to figure out their passion and discover their true selves, and a lot of readers have told me that they’ve found themselves in this book. Everybody knows an Alisha or
Nishant in their lives and most of them can relate to having worked under bosses like Kavana.

When I Find You is a crime thriller, set in the cities of Delhi and Bengaluru. I wanted to give the readers a quick bite of thrill and keep them at the edge of their seats.

Will you try your hand at any other genre?

As of now, I write both crime thrillers and contemporary Indian fiction. So I have never really bound myself to a genre. I’d love to try other genres like fantasy someday.

 When should we expect your next book? What will it be about?

Shortly! My next book is a suspense thriller, a short story series. I’m still working on it, so you can expect it to be released in a month.

What would you have been if not a writer?

I probably would’ve started a business, if I were not a writer.

Who is your favorite author?

Hard to pick just one, but if I had to, I would say J. K. Rowling.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I spend my free time either reading or binge-watching a gripping series on Netflix. I’m also learning painting from my sister, Soumya. So, lately, I spend my free time dabbling in oil paint.

Is there any message you would like to give to your readers?

When I’m writing a story, I’m working in isolation, but once the book is released, I’m always eager to know my reader’s thoughts on it! So I would like to say that, I absolutely love reading all your feedback and messages about my stories, and I’m truly grateful to each one of you for showering me with love! You guys inspire me to write every day.
Keep reading and sharing your thoughts, and have a lovely year ahead!

You can read more about her book by clicking here.

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