Saturday, April 6, 2019

A2Z April Challenge 2019: F for Finding Anya

Finding Anya is my romance novel that deals with amnesia. While I have read a few fictions around this syndrome, I realised that I needed to learn a lot more before I wrote my own version of it. 

And it was back to Google search, for the many kinds of amnesia and what my heroine Anya needed to undergo. Finally, I zeroed in on Retrograde Amnesia where the patient forgets what happened before the memory loss, but is able to remember what happens after the trauma. Which in turn made me research about Traumatic Amnesia, the memory loss that happens due to a severe blow to the head. 

Anya loses her memory when a truck crashes into her car at a signal. Dev happens to be in his vehicle across the road and rushes to her rescue, only to find out after a few days that the woman he has saved can’t even recall her own name. 

She woke up in the hospital, alone—or so she thought—not noticing the man who was burning a hole in the carpet with his pacing. Her head was throbbing in pain and she could open her eyes barely a slit as she took in her surroundings. She raised a hand to her head or at least tried to. There were needles stuck in her arm, connected to tubes and monitors. She turned her head with great difficulty as a groan inadvertently broke from her throat. She tried to talk, but no sound came. Had she lost her voice?

“Hello,” said Dev softly, not wanting to startle her. While he had immediately recognised Anya, Dev wondered if she would remember him. He watched as her eyes opened wider, feeling the strong pull of attraction as he looked deeply into her chocolate brown eyes. She was even more beautiful than before. 

“Who are you?” Her voice was a croak.

Anya didn’t remember him. Though he didn’t want to attach too much importance to it, Dev did feel shaken. Pushing his thoughts away, he rang the bell for the nurse before pouring some water into a glass and letting her sip from it, giving her time to swallow. “I am Dev.”

She nodded before groaning again. “My head’s hurting, terribly. What happened to me?”

Nurse Saldana walked in, calling out a cheerful, “Good evening, ma’am. Lovely to see you awake.” She took her patient’s wrist to check her pulse and found it a bit erratic even now. “Dr. Adnani should be coming in fifteen minutes during his rounds. Now tell me, what’s your full name?” she asked.

She stared at the nurse, bewilderment on her face. “Name?” A heavy scowl marred her forehead as she thought hard, delving into the depths of her mind to find an answer, before an expression of horror overtook her lovely face. “I don’t know,” she said in a whisper.

The shocked nurse gave Dev a startled look before patting the patient’s shoulder awkwardly. “Let me go get the doctor.”

Another thing I would like to share about the story is that Dev Wadhwa is a billionaire farmer. Yeah, you read that right. Much to his parents’ horror, he’s takes up commercial farming, growing exotic flowers in his land in Karjat, after he becomes a postgraduate in Business Management. 

While Finding Anya is a standalone, there are a couple of characters whom I have introduced in an earlier book—Ansh and Farhan—called Twin Torment.

The story is about Anya finding herself and also about…

No, I am not going to say anything more about the story. I will let you find out when you read my book.