An interview with @rathoreheena, author of the #pyschologicalthriller Deceived


Title: Deceived

Author: Heena Rathore Pardeshi

Genre: Psychological Thriller

~ Synopsis ~

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.

A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.

A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.

And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, unwittingly to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

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~ Interview with the Author ~

Deceived is your first novel. What inspired you to write it?

I guess the need to share this story with everyone is what really inspired me to write this book. I’m a huge thriller and slasher fan and I always craved a story that would give me a glimpse into the mind of the killer as I’m quite fascinated with them. I do love books that do this very thing, but most of them lack that brutality and the coldness, so I wanted to write something that was a mixture of all the elements I love in thriller books and even movies.

What inspired you to write a psychological thriller? Do you have a background in psychology?

I write psychological thrillers because I find the subject of human psychology very interesting and inspiring. I am drawn towards the various mental illnesses we humans go through without even realizing their leering presence in our day-to-day life. I haven’t studied psychology in a sense that I don’t have certificates for it, but I do a lot of research and have innumerous notes and files on the subject.

Describe Deceived in 140 characters (also known as a tweet).

Dark, terrifying, gripping and overwhelming … everything you wouldn’t want to read, buy something that you simply can’t resist.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Names are very important to me; each and every name of each and every charcter in my stories has a special mening to it. I do spend a lot of time deciding the names of all the characters. Sometimes they come instinctively, but sometimes it takes me weeks or even months to figure out the right one.

What’s the most interesting thing that happened to you while researching and/or writing Deceived?

I came across a lot of interesting documentries on serial killers and got to know more about their behavorial patterns and their way of thinking.

What’s your favorite part about the writing process?

The feeling I get after completing each and every draft for the book. That makes all the stessfull day’s efforts and sleepless nights worth it.

Tell us about your next release. And when can we expect it?

My next book is named Sinister Town. It is a horror thriller and is going to terrify the audiences.

Citrus Publishers is planning to release Sinister Town sometime late next year.

~ About the Author ~

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Heena Rathore Pardeshi is a novelist, novel critic, as well as a book reviewer. She is also the Editor In Chief at a publishing house and an acclaimed YouTube Podcaster. An award-winning writer, she has won several NaNoWriMos and JuNoWriMos since 2014.

A fan of crime-thrillers, apocalyptic fiction and slasher movies and series, she draws inspiration from the works of legendary writers such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Sidney Sheldon. She’s also a fan of Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan.

An introvert and freethinker, Heena prefers neatness to chaos – in her fictional themes as well as in her real life. She has a special place for German Shepherds and books in her heart.

Heena also manages her own book club, RMFAO on

Heena is twenty-six years old and lives in Pune, India with her beloved husband, Vishal – a successful entrepreneur, in a house full of books, music, and love. Heena passionately creates vivid fictional worlds; some to read and cherish, and some to live in.

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