Friday, 11 November 2016

Author Interview of Aniesha Brahma

All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma


As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.

So she does a preemptive strike.

She dumps him before he can hurt her.


Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.

Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about

first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.

Meet the Characters

Diya Rai – is the protagonist of the story whose actions have always had terrible consequences for those around her. Diya is self-absorbed and never chooses anyone else over her own self. Diya’s troubled past keeps her from letting people into her life. Even though she’s hurt Ashwin she wants him back in her life years later.

Ashwin Chowdhury – is her best friend in school and later on, boyfriend. He is left heartbroken by Diya but when their paths cross later on, he realises he doesn’t want anything to do with her. He lives with his mother and elder brother and hails from a upper middle-class family background.

Nina Gonzales – is Diya’s best friend in college. She and Diya had met during their admissions and had become fast friends with one another. Nina and Ashwin end up competing with one another to see who is really Diya’s best friend!

Rishabh – is the quintessential hot, rich guy that Diya dates in college. He seems to be in love with her, but Diya doesn’t seem to return the same affection towards him. Nina hates his guts.

Trina – is the girl Ashwin is interested in. She goes to the same college as Diya and Nina, and while Diya dislikes her mostly because Ashwin seems to be interested in her, Nina is indifferent to her.

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write the book?

All Signs Lead Back to You was written when I was playing around with the idea of a girl who just doesn’t know when to hold on and when to let go. She’s clueless about how to deal with life and therefore does whatever she wants, without sparing a second thought about the consequences! As opposed to her are two very steady characters who try to understand her but fail miserably. I just wanted to explore the topic of if ever first love would deserve a second chance!

2. When did you realise that you want to write a book?

I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was six years old. So wanting to write a book was nothing short of second nature for me.

3. Who helped you in writing the book and please say about their contributions?

My publisher, Esha Chatterjee, had a huge role to play in making me write the book. Thereafter, Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma, my editor helped me polish the story and get it into shape. The final proof was again done by BEE Books’ in-house editor, Sugandha Bandyopadhyay and Esha.

4. How is your book going to inspire the readers?

All Signs Lead Back to You is a book about first love and second chances. It deals with the idea that while it’s okay to think about the person you’d once fallen in love with, it’s not always the right choice to want to go back to them. It should help readers who are still reeling from broken hearts realise that there’s always hope, because there’s always a new dawn.

5. If you are given the chance to change one thing in your book what would it be?

I don’t want to change anything about the book. I liked it as it is.

6. How do you find time to write and which part of the day is best for writing for you?

You don’t find time to write when you decide to be a writer. You make the time to write. For me it’s either during my lunch break if I’m at work or it is post dinner. I write on most nights from 12 midnight till 2 am.

7. Which books have inspired you the most, in the journey of writing this book?

Most of John Green’s novels especially Paper Towns. I aspire to put together sentences the way he does. So that the words stay with my readers long after the story is over.

8. What is the best advice, you would give for writers who are trying to write a book?

Take part in NaNoWriMo. Keep writing. Power through the writer’s blocks. Because you can edit rough draft, but you can do nothing with a blank page!

9. What are your hobbies?

Watching tv shows, reading books, watching movies (but nowadays I don’t find time), drawing cartoons and mostly just playing with my five super adorable cats!

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

Hopefully more stories to tell you and this world! Hopefully a new book every year – for other age groups and in other genres. I have been working on a couple of children’s projects. Let’s see what happens next. 

About the author

Aniesha Brahma is an author who realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She also happens to be the social media manager for BEE Books. Her debut novel, The Secret Proposal (2012) was published by General Press and was followed by When Our Worlds Collide (2015) by the same. She blogs at: www.anieshabrahma.com and runs an online magazine, BUZZ Magazine. She can be contacted at: aniesha.brahma@gmail.com. She lives in Kolkata with her family and her five super adorable cats!

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