Deconstructing Haunted

What prompted to you write “Haunted”?

I have always been fascinated by stories of transformations – dark transformations at that. I think every one of us has an indignant streak within and with the right catalyst we can be pushed to the tipping point and over the edge into a campaign against the object that we hold responsible.

Tell us something about your style of writing

My style… hmm… in a word: fast. Readers want escapism. You can’t give them back their lives; you have to take them out of their lives. And that’s the intent: put the reader into the action; which is why readers will find the point-of-view in the story switching very rapidly. I’ve lingered on fluid motion descriptions so that it becomes easy to visualize. I want them to read a fast explosive action flick.

When you write, do you know what you will write in that particular session?

I have an outline when I sit to write. Sometimes in the slower sections of the story I find myself sticking to my outline and at other times I find myself far away from what I had originally planned. But it’s spontaneous and that’s good: because spontaneity means that’s what would happen on the spot or in the circumstances. And those flashes of imagination that are too good to discard. Often I’ve moved so far off that there are other impacted areas/sections in the book that need rewrites.

“Haunted” has, in fact, two protagonists. Why?

Well, despite what I said above about escapism and boundless imagination, I’d like to think that the real heroes have people working in parallel that help them. Check out any of the superheroes or characters in other thrillers: they all have people working around them that make their job possible. I wanted to amplify the role of the ‘people’ and through that means, indicate that they are heroes in their own way.

You’ve given a lot of attention to detail – the guns, the cars…

Yes, once again it has to do with the impression of ‘watching’ the action unfold. It’s amazing, the kind of weapons there are out there in the world. And the Internet has made it all the more exciting. I looked at the pictures and videos of weapons and said, ‘ok so-and-so will look cool with this weapon’. Or, ‘that’s the car he needs…’

How long did it take you to write “Haunted”?

Effectively: two months. Going by the calendar: 4 years! I wrote the original story in disjoint chunks. Tore up my work, rewrote, retyped, deleted. It went on and on because I was never satisfied with what I wanted to write, though I knew I had to write. I was struggling at times. I now realize that frustration sets in easily if you try to force a story. At one point I was so fed up I was happy the ordeal of writing was over. Then when I looked at the story years later, I changed a lot of it because so much had changed both in the world in terms of technology and globalization and the relationships between ethnic groups, religions and countries, and so much had changed in me as well in terms of maturity and experience and influences.

Which part in the story is your favorite?

I definitely like the battle in the warehouse. I wrote it spontaneously with no intention of how the action would unfold. When I finished I was breathless with the action.

Who are your influences?

I wanted to write because of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. I should owe ‘Haunted’ to Michael Crichton, but the style of multiple stories draws from Clive Cussler and the pace from Matthew Reilly.

Any words to your readers and fans?

Well, just enjoy the story and the action. And oh yes, do recommend the book to your friends and relatives if you like it and write in to me. I’ll try and reply to every email I receive.

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