Hi Deepika Muthusamy, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a software engineer by profession and writing is one of my passion. A marathon runner and an avid trekker too. On a weekend, you can find me either in a rain-forest or on an expedition to outskirts. I am from Tamilnadu and currently residing in Bangalore.
I was the vice-president of the school and excelled equally in academics and athletics.
Were you good at English?
I would rather say, I had a passion to learn the language. But I feel, English is not a barrier to become an author. As far as you have the passion for creativity and writing you can become a successful author.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I don’t wish to take writing as my career because, only when I write for passion the quality would remain great. When writing becomes a career, it may pressurize which in turn may lack new ideas.
So, what have you written?
I have written a novel, ‘Touch of Mist’ published by Cyberwit Publications in October’2013. It’s a romantic fiction. I have a blog, ‘My Fun, My Memories, My Life’ where you can find short stories, variety of articles on various topics
Where can we buy or see them?
The book trailer is available in youtube. And the book is available at bookstores around the country and on Flipkart, Amazon, infibeam, etc The e book version of the novel is also available on amazon.com.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The protagonist Reena and Gautham are tech savvy Software Engineers. Gautham is much matured with a haughty attitude. He is guy that every woman need. Reena has a mixed character; she is matured, innocent and at times foolish and helpless. Another important character Kishore – humorous, easy going and act wise whenever needed. He actually scored higher than the protagonist. And last main character Gautham’s dad Sridharan – an open-minded and a pillar of support and discipline. All guys would love to have a dad like him.
What are you working on at the minute?
Working on a romantic thriller. Details to be published soon.
What genre are your books?
Mostly fictional. But would love to pen down Non-fictional story in future.
What draws you to this genre?
I love fantasy because it’s always better than reality. You have control over the story flow and can make the reader travel into a different world of reader’s choice. And if they imagine the same to happen to them, that’s the biggest success.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Lol. I never thought about it. But, if made as a movie, feel Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone would go well with the role and script.
How much research do you do?
I normally don’t do research for writing. But when needed for the story, yes I do. The novel “Touch of Mist” deals with an emotion that accompanies suicidal thoughts and ends with a credo that Life is only to live. In order to do justice to the theme I did contacted suicidal prevention center and did a few research on why people are committing suicide and how it can be prevented.
When did you decide to become an author?
It was never decided and as most actress say “it’s an accident”, it was an accident as well for me to become an author. In fact, it was a complete shock to my family members. It all happened with an incident. My close friend committed suicide when life put her down, though she was a robust person. My cousin brother committed suicide when I was young. These 2 incidents disturbed a lot. Based on that, I posted an article, “Life is to live” on my blog (http://deepikamuthusamy.blogspot.in/) to which I got an enormous positive response. Based on the same theme, I had an idea to write a short story of about 10,000 words and published chapter wise every week on my blog. My friend’s and reader’s motivation made it to push to a 65,000 words. Finally one of my well-wisher, suggested to contact a publisher and that’s how it become a novel.
Why do you write?
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Certain incidents induce a strong emotional response. Sometime those emotions or pain creates a spark to write and I feel it needs to be shared with people.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time. On a week day, I would be completely engaged in writing code and on weekends I would be busy organizing trekking events or any social events like Sign language work shop, Blood donation camp, since I am the Founder of Bangalore hikers trekking club.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
No special time as such. Whenever I am inspired by some events; either sad or happiness I cook it up with stories and write.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer. But I would suggest to write in longhand, as you get more ideas while writing and also you have master copy.
Where do the your ideas come from?
Ideas comes from the situation happening around and whenever I get a different view for a situation rather than the usual one.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Reason for separation. A reason that would not impact both of my protagonist charm and a new, not so complicated as well an interesting one.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Nothing is easy in the world and even it’s not worth having unless you put much effort and pain. But of course, when you have the passion for writing, it becomes easy.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
First novel took 3 months of writing. But the real challenges or the hardest part comes during the publishing journey. It took almost 8 months after finding a publisher. Numerous editing, satisfying technical review, designing book cover.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Oh Yes. But I am very fortunate to have not had in the mid of the novel. Once the novel was published, my head got struck completely due to musing. New ideas weren’t flowing in the mind but then realized that writer’s block is simply a speed bump and took a short break to overcome it
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Take a break. Go for a short trip ad start fresh
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I got good review so far and am so happy for receiving it for the debut novel. And bad reviews are not critiques, it’s just another opinion and it’s the driving force to make us a better writer.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
Yes. I have for the novel . “Touch of Mist book trailer” can be found on YouTube.
How do you relax?
Trekking. Best way to relax yourself and explore the place.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
Famous line by Napoleon Hill, “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,”
What is your favourite quote?
Stay hungry and stay foolish.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I am just a budding author. So, I don’t want to give any advice as such. But would love to share my lessons learned – Constant determination and Patience to tolerate delays are must to become an author. More that all – TAKE THE BABY STEP. That’s one of the best tactic to get things done. Start penning down your ideas right away. Taking baby steps is better than taking no steps at all and you will never know that those steps are riding you towards a big progress and success.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Deepika-Muthusamy/e/B00EIEYERO/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Good Reads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18742394-touch-of-mist
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