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Payal Dhar has written a few books
for children and young adults, and numerous short stories for both
big and little people. She’s also a freelance editor and writer,
and writes on computers and technology, books and reading, games and
anything else that catches her interest. Ask her a question here or catch her at http://writeside.net/. You can also follow her on Twitter (@payaldhar) or Instagram (@payal.dhar).

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There's a Ghost in My PC

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Every once in a blue moon, a reader stumbles upon my blog. I was reminded of that fact yesterday, which in turn reminded me how neglected Writer’s Log has been lately. What can I say? I’ve been too busy reading, writing and playing games (I’m so close to finishing Thief, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Mass Effect 3 [Marie, stop narrowing your eyes at me], and Sleeping Dogs and Life Is Strange a...

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message 5: by Payal

Payal Ananya wrote: "I adore your story mirror self in Spooky stories. Its one of my favourite short stories."

Thanks Ananya. :-)


Ananya Jain I adore your story mirror self in Spooky stories. Its one of my favourite short stories.


message 3: by KS (last edited Apr 09, 2015 11:54PM)

KS Selvakumar Menaka of Plus Minus 'n' More would like to feature you on the site's F-page. If you are OK with it, I'll ask her to contact you.


message 2: by Payal

Payal For a light read, There's a Ghost in My PC; for some fantasy, you might try Satin: A Stitch in Time (but be warned there isn't a second part yet). As for the Shadow in Eternity books, the updated ebooks will be available soon, so I'd recommend you wait. :-)


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KS Selvakumar Which of your books do you recommend that I read next?
You could suggest a list with order of preference too.


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