Well, to be honest, The Dove's Lament was written as independent stories, spreading over a good part of a year. I don't think I had a plan in mind when I wrote any of the stories - it was just something I did. By the end, I had 25 short stories, and I sent them in to my publisher, Dipankar Mukherjee of Readomania. The credit goes to him for his discerning eye, to have spotted a common thread connecting one set out of those short stories. Thus, was born, The Dove's Lament.
I think the writing came very easily because it became catharsis after feeling the pain from the truth of these political, social, cultural and historical events. It was very difficult to read and learn about these conflicts and still feel within that this whole exercise of research felt voyeuristic - but since I did it for work, I realised that there was a greater purpose of truth seeking, telling and change-making that needed this.
To be honest, I am an academic rather than a practitioner. So a lot of my work started with research in Public International Law. So far as Human Rights and Gender, Peace and Conflict go, I had a more hands on practitioner's involvement in advocacy. All of it fed into each other, and culminated in showing me the need to tell these truths - for all truth is actionable.
Oh anytime - it's really just about when I feel like it!
I'm toying with a bunch of ideas, but I'm working on a non-fiction commentary on gender based violence. As we speak, my next book, Around the World in 50 Voices, is getting ready for release :)