Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a computer engineer by qualification and have worked for 10 years in software industry before I quit my job. After quitting job, I ran my own company of providing counseling and advice to distressed men for some years before I decided to pursue writing full time. I have come up with my first novel and third book titled “Chess without a Queen”. Apart from that I also write and direct short films on my YouTube channel – Chai Pakoda.
What were you like at school?
A very timid and studious fellow with a slight tinge of naughtiness but only limited to close friends.
Were you good at English?
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to be a very successful writer and write on different aspects of life as it affects us, either on a daily basis or on a much long term. I want to write on different themes and how a story can be used to pass a message that’s helpful.
So, what have you written?
3 Books. 2 non-fiction and 1 fiction. Fiction is the latest one a political thriller titled “Chess without a Queen” while the non-fiction is a 2 series book titled “The Secrets of Manhood”.
Where can we buy or see them?
All are available on Amazon.in and the fiction novel is also available on various online platforms.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character is a shrewd and conniving politician who’s devious and cold. He rarely let’s anyone in, but at the deep core, he’s a loving and caring man, something which only few people get to see. His stoicism is what makes him special.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m working on a new story but it is in very initial stage. I’m currently working on defining the protagonist more sharply. Broad outline of the story is ready.
What genre are your books?
What draws you to this genre?
Life’s thrilling I feel with a lot of unanticipated surprises and shocks for us in store, so are my stories.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Hrithik Roshan and Sonakshi Sinha
How much research do you do?
A lot, in fact, it’s an ongoing thing for me, it never stops. I talk to people, I visit places, I observe and I read.
When did you decide to become an author?
A couple of years back.
Why do you write?
It’s healing for me. Gives me solace. Helps me shout out to the world about what I feel about a lot of things that are happening around us. Sometimes, it also allows me express myself without being noticed 😉
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Life and it’s experiences, I guess. Or maybe the need to tell what’s unfair.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time, as of now, hoping to be full-time.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Mostly night time, the quiet around helps me think and focus, though I also write in day, but less.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Where do the your ideas come from?
Good question, never really thought about it. I just keep thinking all the day and something just occurs to me. Sometimes I get dreams about the ideas also.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
To strike the balance of not siding with the protagonist in telling the story.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
It comes naturally to me.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Tough to say, it depends on multiple factors, no fixed time as such.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Yes, and that’s the time I need to do something stupid or naive to clear my head.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
First thing is acceptance. It is very important to accept that writer’s block exists and even the best of the writers get it. Once accepted, take a break. Reflect back on your life and try to figure something you like to do and haven’t done of late. Doing that, helps. Also, sometimes it just goes away with time as the mind relaxes. Never force yourself out of the writer’s block and do not set a timeline by which it should be over.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Both help as long as they are honest. Good reviews just to cheer the author are as bad as bad reviews just to make the author feel inferior. While good reviews tell you that you are doing something right, bad reviews tell you where to improve. It’s upto you how you implement the feedback.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
There is a trailer available, it’s on my YouTube channel.
How do you relax?
Sometimes watch a movie and sometimes go on a drive. Also talking to friends or just hanging out with them helps.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
This too shall pass away
It is not the persistent quest for positivity but a lack of acceptance of negativity that reduces positivity in our life.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would like to meet American TV actor Simon Baker because I liked the finesse with which he carried out the role of “Patrick Jane” in “The Mentalist” series and I would like to understand from him the kind of work he did to get into that role. It’s a character that has gotten me since.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be confident in yourself and do not give in to write something you feel the audience would love to read. If you write with your heart in it, they’d like what you write. Do not get swayed by popular trends of what works and what doesn’t. Have faith in yourself and your work.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I have a website www.viragd.com It speaks a lot about me.
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