Meet Palvi Sharma
Weaving tales of horror and the supernatural is a great passion of Palvi's. She strives to write the unpredictable and hopes that her readers will be fascinated by the stories she creates.
In her free time Palvi likes to learn new languages and watch horror movies...for inspiration of course.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.
ALL THAT IS LEFT is about a kidnapping incident that impacts the life of the characters. Aaron, Shanaya, and Rhea, all of them have different reactions to the incident. While one of them lives in regret, there is someone who wants revenge at any cost. Even if it means they have to give up their life.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?
Titles are hard. I always start a new book with random letters for a heading. I do try to think up ideas while I’m working on the story but the title is finalized while I’m doing the edits. Mostly, I pick keywords from my story, and mix and match. Then I’ll search online to make sure the title is unique. I like my books to have unique titles.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?
No it isn’t part of a series. I have always wanted to create strong women characters and I wanted to write a story that celebrates strength. The story is essentially Rhea’s. She is strong, can defend herself, and is seeking revenge from some pretty powerful people.
But she’s real. She cries, has breakdowns, laughs, loves, feels remorse. My inspiration came from working on a character that embodies these characteristics. Then it became all about telling her story.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
None of it is based on my own experiences, thankfully. Lol. Or anyone I know for that matter. It is completely fictional and I had to conduct a proper research in order to write about different characters with different viewpoints. This is the most challenging book I’ve written so far.
WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH WENT INTO WRITING YOUR BOOK?
The story is based on a few psychological concepts so I had to do some research on that. I found the study of psychology really interesting. As I continued on, I came across several incidents wherein psychological experiments were performed, sometimes illegal ones. Those articles inspired me to give my story a terrifying twist.
WHAT CRITERIA DID YOU USE WHEN SELECTING THE COVER FOR YOUR BOOK?
There are at least two turning points in the story that occur in a dark alley, so that was definitely a factor I considered while looking for a picture.
WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY?
I wanted to tell a story about people not giving up. One of the characters suffers from PTSD, and I wanted to show him their strength as they deal with a major trauma that has happened in their life.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK?
Not really. I’m proud of the story I’ve written. However, as a writer, I keep wondering if I could write a particular scene better. Then I take off my writer hat and put on the reader one, and enjoy the story.
IF YOUR BOOK WOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE LEADS?
All newcomers with brilliant acting skills. For some reason, I can’t imagine any known actors stepping into the shoes of my characters.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?
I’ve been obsessed with reading as a child. I would read in the dark, before going to bed, first thing in the morning, just all the time. My summer vacations were spent with my nose buried in a book even if I was traveling.
When I turned eleven, I wanted to try writing my own story and I picked up a notebook and did just that. My first story was a horror short. I still remember that story after all these years and I would love to turn it into a novel or a novella at least.
A couple of years later, I read my first Stephen King book— Misery. After that I grew obsessed with writing a story so boldly told. At this point, my English teacher, too, was impressed with my essays and thought I was very imaginative.
I was sixteen when I decided that this was a path I wanted to explore.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?
That would be when I wrote my first Dark Fantasy novella. I had no idea I could write a longer story than a thousand words. When I was offered a contract for it, and sold a couple of ebooks, I felt I had become a writer at last.
DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE.
Unexpected. I want to be able to write stories that aren’t predictable. I want the reader to keep guessing if they’ve figured out the story, then be pleasantly surprised by the turn of events in the book.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?
That it takes perseverance to be a writer. There are a lot of ups and downs in this field and you need to keep believing in you and your talent.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A WRITER?
The marketing aspect. There is an influx of books in the market and it’s hard to get your work noticed. The only way is to keep trying and keep promoting.
NOT INCLUDING FAMILY, WHO SUPPORTED YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
Only my mother. And of course me. There have been plenty of times when I’ve given myself a pep talk.
WHO WAS YOUR FIRST PUBLISHER AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM?
I got my first contract from Club Lighthouse Publishing. I’ll forever be grateful to them for making my dreams come true. Plus, the editor is great to work with.
If there’s anything I learned from the publisher, it is to make connections.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Writing is hard work and cannot be done without passion and perseverance. It’s a hard road to take and if you aren’t fully committed toward it, you might as well turn around now.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
Stephen King. I have to admit though, that I’m a fan of his earlier work.
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?
My own story that I am editing. After that I’ll check out some thrillers.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
When someone betrays my trust.
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE WHO EVER LIVED, PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD THAT BE?
Stephen King. I would love for him to be my mentor.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?
Any free time I get from writing is spent on watching horror movies and animated tv shows.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?
It depends on the singer’s voice and lyrics. I’m pretty much into all genres.
WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?
She dared to dream.
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A Few of Palvi Sharma's Books:
There was something familiar about her...
Seven years ago, Aaron's girlfriend Misha disappeared. He moves to another town, hoping a new start will help relieve the guilt he has for cheating on her. A new girlfriend, a new job as a teaching assistant, Aaron thinks he can finally forget his hurtful past.
Then he comes across Rhea Darkin, a student in his class, and is perplexed with his feelings for her.
Rhea has an agenda of her own. She's come to Vilmonte College for only one purpose: to find the people responsible for her tortured past.
Because after what they did to her,
All that is left for her … is revenge.
Arianna is living a simple life. Devoted to her family, she is ready to sacrifice her dreams and marry the man her father has decided for her. Then she meets Renaud and she faces a difficult choice: should she choose love over family?
Present day: Mayara isn’t looking forward to graduation because that would mean she would never get to see Kanvar again, a guy she’s had a crush on for two years. She is about to reveal her feelings to him when her younger brother claims that Kanvar has been bullying him.
It is up to Mayara to figure out whether her instincts about Kanvar are true or not.
Two different eras, a love that challenges the beliefs of two young women. Can they balance both their family’s happiness and their own?
Pia Scribbers just had her dreams turn into reality. Her screenplay is being made into a movie. And she gets to act in it!
Once filming begins, however, Pia realizes nothing is easy and to top it all, her co-star Aryan Malik hates her.
Little by little, Pia learns the ways of the film industry and is spellbound by it. But when she starts falling for Aryan, she realizes she needs to fall back into reality and break the spell that has caused these feelings to surface.Love is a wonderful spell.