Sunday, November 22, 2009

FAQ: Where did you get the idea to write "The End of the Dark and Stormy Night?"

There's an interesting story behind that too. Well, one of my friends said that I should never start a novel with "It was a dark and stormy night." Not having grown up here, I wasn't completely aware of the history behind that sentence. So I asked him why. He advised that nobody will then take me seriously as a writer. Well, that was the day I sat down and wrote the first sentence of THE END OF THE DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. "It was a dark and stormy night..."

This leads me to a discussion on the title. The title was originally supposed to be "The Non-Writer." But as the story evolved and changed over the years, it became clear that Ravi was not the only central character in this story; Other characters were equally contributing and interesting. I had to search for a new title that also reflected the tongue in cheek nature of the story. I assigned my daughter, who was eight at that time, to the task. She came up with the title THE END OF THE DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. So here we have it -- how the idea to write this particular novel came about.

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