Shafali Anand


Shafali Anand lives in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi. After studying mechanical engineering, she spent a few years in a steel plant before losing herself to more creative pursuits. She currently works as an Instructional Design Specialist and loves to create training programs and eLearning courses.

When she can steal time from her work and isn't weaving stories, she steps in front of her easel and paints the visuals that emanate from her feelings. Oil as a medium fascinates her as it extends the flow of her thoughts. Her larger oil works can best be classified as figurative expressionism.

She also loves dogs, cats, squirrels, sparrows, lizards, snails, caterpillars, trees, plants, mushrooms, and algae. However, she tries her best to stay away from bacteria and viruses.


Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my childhood in the lap of the majestic Himalayas and then my adolescence in the sands of the Great Thar desert. I think my writing gets its cozy and warm feel from the mountains and its daredevil attitude from the dunes.

My stories explore the internal and interpersonal conflict that rages inside homes and explodes them into stories of crime of passion and greed. I tell stories about the motives and desires that dwell within the deep and dark recesses of the human mind - and I think that growing up in a multicultural high-context environment has allowed me to see what happens behind closed doors and hear what screams behind sealed lips.
What is your writing process?
It's quite simple really. Pull a chair to my table, flip open my laptop, and start typing. Everything else aside, that's the only thing that actually results in stories.

Yes, one of the things I like doing is to sketch the characters of my stories on a board so that I can look at them all the time (I do act a little lovesick around them.) (Check out a picture of my desk at: I don’t start writing until the story forms itself completely in my mind, and then I lose myself in each of the scenes and write it out.

Writing mysteries and crime thrillers is a cerebral activity and so there are times when I want to rest my mind and attend to my heart - then I take breaks from writing and elope with art.
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Where to find Shafali Anand online


The Tweak
Price: Free! Words: 12,120. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
When the District Collector, Mr. Jacob, shoots himself dead, the only witness is Negi Ji, the caretaker. The last seven words of Mr. Jacob that Negi Ji hears, hold the key to changing his life but only if he plays his game right. Yet another secret lies buried in Negi Ji’s chest – he’s been wronged by the only person he ever loved! From the world, he wants his life back; from her, he wants hers.

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