Writing a book involves not only your writing skills but a number of experiences that could be jotted down on a piece of paper. Appreciating the work that Authors do today we have Shirish Thorat sharing some of his experience with us.
Let’s hear it from Shirish how he got into the field of writing and what experiences he has to share with us.
1) Tell us about your recent book.
My recent book deals with the issue of radicalization of ordinary citizens by ISIS in the Maldives and is based on a factual incident, here is the brief
Zahi has led a perfectly normal life until one day she heads out for a family vacation but finds herself in the conflict-stricken sands of Syria. Unknowingly signed up for Jihad along with her family, Zahi is now the newest recruit of the Islamic State. In a hostile environment with no support and where a single misplaced word could mean death, she is able to make contact with her brother back home. Thus is set in motion a web of deception, courage and tragedy as she attempts to escape.
Based on the little known and insidious operations of the Islamic State this book is a startling account of how the Islamic State has perfected a cross-country operation that converts thousands to a depraved cause. Taken from real-life events, this gritty account describes in horrifying detail not only the very real and very elaborate functioning of the Islamic State but the motivations that operate behind it.
An authentically written portrait of life in the Islam State, this book will force you to tread carefully as it shatters your illusions. Combining research and accurate information with the heady pace of a political intrigue, In a world that is rocked by the violence of a rising Islamic fundamentalism, A Ticket to Syria is that disturbing thriller which is actually true.
2)Can you share little details about your background?
I served with the Goa Police for a decade before trave
lling to the UK to study at the Royal Military college at Cranfield University. After a stint in the aviation sector in the Middle East I returned to India where I was a consultant subject matter expert in security and risk and also ventured into the innovative software applications sector for law enforcement agencies. I am considered an authority on terrorism, money laundering and risk mitigation. I am also an ICAO certified aviation security professional. I now live in New Jersey-USA where I do independent contracts for risk/threat intervention.
3) What motivated you to write this book?
The incidents brought out in this book were reported to me as soon as they happened and I have actually handled some parts of the subsequent operations. I was very much moved by the causal factors and I have friends in the Maldives which has always been a favourite place of mine and to see ISIS make inroads in such a paradise disturbed me and I decided to write this book to create awareness about the pitfalls of radical Islamic fundamentalism
4) What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a research and forensic criminology based profile of serial killers
5) When did you start writing?
I started writing in 2015 purely on impulse and co-authored a book on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Its called “The Scout” and brings out the role of David Headley.
6) Which writers inspire you the most?
I am inspired by PG Wodehouse, Wilbur Smith, Robert. b Parker, Alistair Maclean, Adam Hall and Lee Child
7) Any future projects you are working on.
I am also working on a book involving terrorism and assassination. Its a complex plot with highly intelligent and motivated character and is fast-paced, like all my books it requires loads of research and so it progresses in spurts of frenetic activity followed by lulls of waiting periods.
8) What are your hobbies?
I love trekking and cooking and I am passionate about both. Apart from that I love travelling.
9) Is there any book you personally love and would recommend our readers?
I simply love rereading the Jeeves and Bertie Wooster books by PGW, each one is a gem and the narrative is priceless.
10) Any advice for budding writers?
First, write the book in your head, each line should paint a different picture in your mind. then bring it on to paper, each line should tell a story and no line should be extraneous, write like your heart tells you too and keep going back to the pages you write every day, there is always something or some part that can be said better. baby your book till its all done and then let it go. Stay in touch with nature and discuss scenes with close friends, take and evaluate their input- and then adapt accordingly. Finally after the manuscript is finished get it edited.