1. What is your inspiration to write a book?

I get inspired by everything around me. Sometimes it might be something someone said, sometimes it might be a fleeting memory, sometimes it might be just a figment of my imagination. Sometimes even my dreams inspire me. So, it’s hard to point out something that doesn’t inspire me.

2. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

That’s an interesting question. Ideas for the book are created somewhere deep in my mind. For information I do research. For example, in my first novel ’45 Days in a Cancer Hospital, I did a lot of research on cancer. I did it online. Sometimes, if possible, I talk to people who might have gone through similar experiences as my characters. This helps me understand the psychology of my characters because sometimes my characters are different from me and its as important as it’s difficult to understand them.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

To tell you the truth I don’t remember, I write since I remember myself. Maybe I was 8 or 9.

4. What is special about BEYOND SCARS compared to other Indian fictions?

I believe every story is special in its own way. Regarding ‘Beyond Scars’, the story portrays different nuances of love, not just romantic love. You may relate to the characters in the story, though your life might be totally different from their life. We all lead different lives but at the core, we all experience the same emotions; love, hatred, joy, pain, insecurity, fear and the list goes on. What I find special in Beyond Scars is that it talks about love in a totally different way. Love is not only about uniting, but love can also survive distance and departure. And happiness is not only about getting all that we desire, but it’s also about finding joy in what we have.

5. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?

I don’t remember the first book I read, because it was so long back and I was just a kid. But I vaguely remember a novel that was about a boy who was separated from the crew during his sea voyage. I don’t remember the name of the story, but the plot was so strong that I still remember bits and pieces of the story.
During my childhood, I also read Tinkle, Chandamama, Pinki, Chacha Chaudhari and Readers Digest to name a few.

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About the author
“Alka Dimri Saklani writes contemporary fiction. Her books are labeled as ‘intense’ by most of her readers.
Her debut novel “”45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” was longlisted for Crossword Books Award 2013. Writing is her first love, the love that seized her when she was just 8. She holds MBA degree in HR and worked with a leading MNC before turning to a full-time writer.
Born and brought up in Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, her roots hail from “Dev Bhumi” Uttarakhand. Apart from writing, she loves music, reading, traveling, and spending time with her two naughty kids.
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