Mock My Words recently took the bestseller list by storm, which is no surprise given the fact that this book literally takes readers on a thrill fueled ride that keeps them guessing from the first page until the very end. What also makes this book rather extraordinary is the fact that Shekhar is a master at blending genres so that readers get a truly multifaceted thriller.
Shekhar brings his real-life experience in the tech world into this tech-driven thriller, having spent over a decade, working on all types of exciting technology initiatives, ranging from self-driving vehicles and facial recognition to video surveillance. Of course, we wanted to know more about this bestselling author and his work, so we were very excited when he agreed to sit down with us.
Your book just hit the bestseller list on Amazon. What did that feel like?
I’m thrilled. It felt like attaining the summit of a mountain after a long and arduous climb. Now I’m even more motivated to keep writing more books that might also turn into bestsellers.
Which scene in Mock My Words is your favorite? Why?
My favorite scene is the phone call where David tells his estranged father about his professional and personal failures and gets unexpected sympathy. I have to fight tears each time I read it. A close second would be the phone call where Laura breaks up with David.
You have a background in technology development. How do you feel the media/technology revolution has changed our intake of Stories and storytelling?
Great question! Literature has come a long way since the days of Dickens and Tolstoy. Modern readers expect their stories to be brief and to-the-point, with each scene leading logically to the next, just like computer programs!
How much did real-world people influence your characters and do you feel a debt to them?
My characters are all products of my imagination. I did not base them on real persons. That said, it’s near-impossible to create persons who are completely fictional—some of their characteristics might be influenced by one’s observations of real people. For instance, I know several persons from China whose mannerisms of speech are similar to David Tan’s.
Does your family support your writing career? Were any of them instrumental in the creation process?
My family is very supportive of my choice to be a writer. My wife, Anu, in particular has been with me every step of the way, from beta-reading my drafts to providing moral support.
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