To encourage Indian crime writing and a new crop of writers, publishing house Westland has joined hands with best-selling author Hussain Zaidi’s Golden Pen initiative, a one-stop “content curation” platform, announced the publishing house.
Golden Pen was started in 2018. It is a partnership between former investigative journalist Zaidi and international marketing consultant Jaspinder Kang. It aims at enhancing the quality of crime noir and intriguing tales and subsequently taking Indian crime stories and writers to the global audience. The initiative has also adapted works into features and direct-to-digital films, web shows as well as audio content.
The first release under the collaboration will be the crime-thriller novel Intersections by journalist Gautam S. Mengle. A fast-paced thriller that follows the story of three people — each one fighting their own personal demons — against the backdrop of a terrorism plot. Other titles in the pipeline, under the collaboration, will include page-turners like Web of Deceit by Vibha Singh, ConStars by Jigna Vora and Kashif Mashaikh, The Mortuary Tales by Kashif Mashaikh, Diamond Heist by Jyoti Shelar, The War That Made RAW by Sandeep Saket and Anusha Nandakumar.
Karthika V.K., Publisher, Westland Publications said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Golden Pen to publish books that form one part of the entertainment triangle of text, audio, and screen. We hope that in their multiple lives, this collection of page-turners — fiction and non-fiction will introduce exciting new voices and stories that will entertain a new generation of readers.”