Thursday, August 12, 2010
Deep Dark Secrets...
By Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Unexpected Son
There is something magical about secrets. By their very nature they create intrigue and the desire to know more. For a fiction writer, a secret works as a powerful hook, a way to plant a seed of doubt in the reader’s mind.
The plots of some great movies, novels, plays, and ballets have hinged on secrets. Shakespeare’s Macbeth would never have been so magnificent if it weren’t for Lady Macbeth’s vile secret.
A plot doesn’t have to be a mystery or thriller to revolve around a secret. A romance or mainstream novel can easily adapt itself to a puzzling, covert piece of information or incident. What a delicious way to keep a reader turning those pages, eagerly waiting to uncover the Pandora’s Box that an author has created.
Haven’t we all heard of a murder, a theft, a lie, a deception, a forgery, or a clandestine abortion turning into an event that unleashes an interesting chain of events in fiction? A single episode can lead to an entire book.
My fourth novel, The Unexpected Son, is not a mystery, but the plot hinges on one dark secret guarded by the protagonist for three decades. Vinita Patil is a fulfilled woman with a happy marriage, a comfortable lifestyle in suburban U.S., and a grown daughter. But Vinita’s cozy world is shattered one morning, when she opens a mysterious letter from India. It tells a shocking tale: she has a grown son in India, a child she had been told was stillborn. Now, 30 years later, she learns that not only is he alive, but his life may depend on her.
A Note from Shobhan Bantwal: Information about my books, video trailers, contact, photos from India, reviews, contests, and recipes is available on my website: www.shobhanbantwal.com. All my books can be purchased at any retail bookstore or online bookseller. For more information about The Unexpected Son virtual tour, visit http://bookpromotionservices.com/2010/07/02/unexpected-son-virtual-tour/
DISCLOSURE: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.