Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
The bob of the pendulum clock swayed to and fro at a rhythm, known only to the clock itself. This is how time passes, without any interruption, disturbance or halt. For some, it is only a clock that measures the circumference all day long, day after day and night after night but for me, it holds a different kind of importance than just a clock telling the time.
Time is our worst enemy but it is our friend too. Being an enemy, it teaches us harsh lessons, lessons that we wouldn’t learn any other way but being friends with time, it makes us capable of accepting what comes our way and doing the right thing. Time groomed me into what I am today and therefore, I decided to tell that tale to my readers.
My novel, Before Time, delivers one such tale. It’s not only a tragic tale in which both the hero and heroine are separated but it’s a life changing story about a teenage girl and how her life is changed by the mere use of a chatting software, mIRC.
The idea around Before Time, basically originated from my visit to mIRC some years ago. Although, the anonymity and secrecy charms one into using it again but it’s like a drug that makes you dependent upon that. An addiction that is very difficult to surpass. Thus was the case with Onaiza, who had no idea about the detriment of the software that she was using. Onaiza is sweet, friendly teenager who lives in her very own world of fantasies and believes in something wonderful. She dreams about prince charming and knight in shining armor but she has a realistic approach towards life as well. There is more to her personality than this and I had immense pleasure in portraying her character out for people to fall in love with like I did.
The male protagonist, Asher, is the total opposite of Onaiza. He is rude, ruthless and a total jackass but there is another side to him than that. He is someone who fulfills her ideas of a perfect romantic hero but their love isn’t like the love you read about in romantic novels.
I hope you would enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it and I believe that you would be attached to my characters as much as I was while writing about them and perhaps, eventually come to love them.