Vinaya grew up with her face partly obscured by the books she was reading. She knew more about her favourite characters than her next door neighbours. When not reading she was writing and immersing herself in imaginary worlds.
Writing took a backseat as she pursued a career in IT, until a fateful day in December 2006. On that cold winter morning in Dallas Texas, she met with a near fatal car crash. During her lengthy recovery, from wounds of body and mind, she once again found solace in writing and picked up the pen with renewed focus.
Vinaya lives in Bangalore, India with her husband, who is a radiologist and her eight-year-old son. Weekends find her inventing stories and games with her son.
It lurks in the shadows. It lives in your worst nightmares. It feeds on your deepest fears. It’s the Master Trickster, and it’s coming to get you.
When she loses her parents in an accident, Diya Mathur’s world collapses around her. As far as she knows, she’s alone in the world now – till a mysterious letter arrives from India. Suddenly, Diya has a chance at being part of a family again. But moving from Boston to India also brings Diya closer to the place where the horror of the Chakwa – the Master Trickster – first started. As bodies and tragedies pile up around her, Diya’s belief in the legend of the Chakwa increases. Will the monster that ruined her parents’ life now destroy Diya’s happiness? Or will she manage to defeat it at its own game? With the help of her newly discovered friends and family, Diya must fight not just the monster from her nightmares, but also make sense of a fast-unravelling web of lies that makes up her life.