"Exposure to people and places and various walks of life are important in writing" - Kochery C Shibu


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Kochery C Shibu is an Indian novelist and entrepreneur. He is best known as the author of Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar which has won critical acclaim. His new book Faith and the Beloved has also achieved rank 1 in the Best-selling books section on Amazon.


INTERVIEW:


Q. What inspired you to write Faith and the Beloved?


The story has been churning in my mind for many years. The story has been inspired by many contemporary events in the history of India.


Q. What’s more important: characters or plot? Why?


Both are important as they draw on each other. There is an iterative process as the story develops.



Q. What does being a successful author look like to you?


Being able to write stories that readers enjoy.


Q. How did you feel when your book was ranked number 1 on Amazon in the Bestsellers list?


Pleasantly surprised.


Q. How has your life experiences influenced your writing?


Exposure to people and places and various walks of life are important in writing. The experience of having been in the defence forces, then working on hydroelectric projects and now in the shipping industry have all helped.



Q. Who is the most supportive person in your life when it comes to your writing?


Mini Shibu, my wife.


Q. How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?


Each book requires research and getting into the skin of the character. It is a lot of effort and with each character, the horizons of life are broadened.


Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes.


A good platform for Indian Authors to have their work evaluated. It would go onto become a large platform for literary events and Literary like The Hindu Literary Awards.



ABOUT THE BOOK:


Naithy Cherokil is a rich and successful businesswoman from Mumbai who marries the young and handsome model Tony D’Souza after the death of her husband. Little does she know that the ideal sex slave of her husband is the sleeper cell of a terror outfit. Events in her life take unforeseen turns as the male Mata Hari is activated.

Prem Rollands is a Kalari exponent and brilliant student whose world revolves around his brother Arun. Things go awry when the police kill Arun under mysterious circumstances. Prem kills the inspector in retribution and is on the run. He is on the lookout for Alice to find out the dark secrets leading to the killing of his brother. Prem must avenge those who have plotted to kill his brother, even at the cost of his own life.


Eighteen-year-old Alice Cherokil knows more about computers and mystery games than a girl of her age. Alice’s life falls apart when her mother is hospitalised and in a coma. Alice is playing the ultimate mystery game of her life as the web of secrets surrounding two precious diamonds and her stepfather threatens to destroy her family. Alice overcomes the moral dilemma to kill her stepfather and she is on the run. Alice must outwit the underworld and stay ahead of all to save her mother’s life or the guilt of her failure will haunt her forever.

As the lives of Naithy, Prem and Alice cross each other they must retain their faith and protect their beloved ones even at the cost of their own lives.

A saga of love, lust, betrayal, intrigue, and revenge.

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