So yesterday I got the author copies of my 2nd book, "The Hidden Letters".
When I opened the parcel and took one book in my hand, I was speechless for few minutes. My Dad and granny were celebrating my achievement but I was just sitting quietly ogling at my book. When Dad told me to say something, I just broke down and started crying. I recollected the entire journey of this book and the pebbles and stones that were constantly thrown at me during the process.
I started writing the book "The Hidden Letters.." on January, 2013. From the month of March to June, I was down with several mental and physical agonies inflicted by people who were then closest to me. Despite those numerous scars, I did not let my pen stop running. I completed writing the book by June, 2013. I submitted the manuscript to some of the traditional publishers on July and on the month of December, I was told by Bluejay Books (sister concern of Srishti Publishers and Distributors) that my script has been approved and that they have decided to publish my book. I signed the contract with them on February, 2014. When I was told to choose a designer for the cover, I thought of a friend, Sayon. He also created a beautiful cover for my 1st book but unfortunately it was not approved as my 1st publisher (Diamond Books) had a permanent designer who creates all their covers.
Sayon agreed when I told him to design the cover of my 2nd book and told me about Arunita, a painter. I had earlier seen Arunita's paintings on Fb and have always admired them. These 2 individuals, worked day and night for my cover, was extremely patient whenever I told them to change this or that and finally, the cover was approved by my publisher. I cannot really thank them enough! They were God sent. The editing procedure started on May and by June, the editing was finished. My editor, Stuti was brilliant and cooperative. She polished the script and made it beautiful. After finalizing the cover and the script, it went for print on the month of July and finally I got the author copies yesterday. It was a journey of more than 1.5 years and the feeling was surreal. After crying for a few minutes, I smiled and celebrated like crazy. It was a journey worth celebrating.
I was also content because I realized that I had improved to a large extent from my 1st book, Walking in the streets of love and destiny. I pray when I get my 3rd book in my hand, I can say that I improved hugely from my 2nd book, "The Hidden Letters..." I feel so grateful to the entire universe for letting me experience this moment of happiness and contentment.
Here is a small teaser of the book:
The blurb of the book reads:
She is a successful author, a loving wife and the world's best mom. Her doctor husband dotes on her, her teenage daughter idolizes her and her readers yearn for her writing. Shouldn't all that respect and love make her happy?
Yet, she is devoid of inner peace. In the wee hours of the night, her slumber is disturbed by horrifying nightmares. All her harmony is abducted and lost amidst the bunch of hidden letters kept in her cupboard. Those letters were written long back by her cousin, presently a patient at a mental asylum in Kolkata.
Haunted by her inner demons and tired by the long-time secrecy, she decides to put end to her misery by surrendering to her husband and daughter, The Hidden Letters...
Will she lose her husband's love and daughter's respect? Can she forgive herself for her own selfishness which rendered her cousin's fate malignant?
The protagonist of this book is inspired from the character of my mother. I wonder how her reaction would have been if she was in this world today. I have also fused some of my character traits in her. So basically Mrs. Anaya Chatterjee is a blend of me and my mother. Though I have created this character, she has also inspired me to be a stronger and a better human being.
I would be more than glad if you order the book here: The Hidden Letters...