Thursday, November 26, 2015

Epilogues to Prologues

I'm  not really sure why I put the epilogue in at the end of TTTS. Since the novel started out as an experiment I really didn't envision a series. As writing went on however, I discovered Narain's backstory. I use the term "discovered" because there were truly times when writing the whole novel felt more like a discovery than a creation. I didn't want Narain's story to end. I loved writing the character so much an since he was in some respects starting a new life (after the death of Sophie) that it seemed almost natural to continue the saga.

But I don't know at what point the inspiration for the epilogue struck me. I simply knew that once I had committed to the idea of a series, the writing of the next few books flowed like water and ideas for future books sprang to mind. It was actually very exciting. So far I find book four to be the most romantic. That book is a bit off set from the first three, set in the 1930s, featuring a character that appears in books two and three.

The first three books very much concern an emotional arc for Narain. As I say, in the first novel he's thrown off course by the death of Sophie (and the loss of the convenience he had with her).

In number two (which takes place six months later) his life is just starting to normalize again when he's confronted by the consequences of an act he committed decades before. Events are even more shattering than in TTTS because they're incredibly personal. And the juggling act he finds necessary to do to protect his loved ones becomes more difficult.

In the third novel and I don't want to give too much away since it involves characters who first appears in Ujaali, Narain's life has at last settled down from the events of the first and second novel, not only physically but emotionally. A portion of it takes place in England where he and Dom are opening up a Khan's in London. He runs afoul however of  serial killer hired by a billionaire to hunt down vampires. After the death of his daughter by feral vampires, the billionaire pays top researchers to develop a toxin capable of killing vampires and tracks down a man who because of a freak occurrence, now has the skills to track the vampire down and use the toxin.

Confronted by the prospect of death he never thought would never occur, Narain is terrified of the prospect of losing what he's regained with Cassie.

While I envision more books in the series the first three are connected with this arc and are the only ones where I use the concept of the epilogue for one being the prologue for the next one. It seemed  like a fun way to whet people's appetites for the next one. 

Of the first three novels, I think my personal favorite is Ujaali. As I stated, TTTS was an experiment and it was fun to create the story and characters and watch them grow. Ujaali, however is the novel where I truly visualized all the potential for future stories in the series thanks to further exploration into the characters and their past. It is, in some respects, a more personal story, the major threat coming from his own actions from decades before placing Narain in a heartbreaking situation. As Reg Jameson tells him after Narain as been forced to strike a bargain with him, "I must say Khan, I really don't envy you your life. It always seems as though you're placed in situations where, no matter happens, you stand to lose something."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ujaali Prologue

I've recorded myself reading the prologue to Ujaali. Hope you like it. 

Ujaali is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

To Touch the Sun is also available on Amazon in both formats.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ujaali Book Trailer

Well the new book trailer is here and I think it turned out pretty cool. Take a look.

The photos of Chicago are from a talented photographer named Matt Tuteur who has a great eye for this gorgeous city.

You can check out more of his work at his blog Matt Tuteur Street Photography.