Hi Nikhil, Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Well, I hail from a distinct part of the country,i.e the Shivalik hills – Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir. I have completed most of my studies from Jammu, and I am a physiotherapist by profession. I started my career as a writer in the year 2010 and since then I got four novels published under India’s one of most prestigious publishing houses – Srishti Publishers. To elucidate myself, I am a very ambitious person, an absurd lover and an insomniac writer. I prefer writing in simple language not to complicate readers making efforts with the dictionary. My journey with the writing started for my girlfriend and now I writes everything, which encircles my life.

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What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want to be a very versatile in writing and want to taste each and every flavor of it. For now I have written 4 books and all are of romance genre but from my last book I have taken a break from the writing field and planned to make a comeback with a new genre.

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When did you decide to become a writer?

It was never decided for me that I will turn up as a writer one day. I used to write for my girlfriend who was never so artistic but it was for the purpose, a smile on her face but now when I see my readers smiling while they read my book, I feel complete.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I am a part – time writer but I may turn into a full time writer when I will retire from my job. For me writing is a passion so I might not take retirement from it.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Well for my most recent book, which is an adult humor and a love story I see comedians like Ritesh Deshmukh and the team of Masti to look forward to this book. This is a college going love story and may go well with any debut actors too.

How much research do you do?

I write with a research that the subject I am writing or a plot I am defining matches up with the society. One should feel attached to the character or the story and this is what makes a story worth reading. I believe in either write what you see or write and then try to it upon the people around and verify their reactions. This is the best way to write in detail.

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Where do your ideas come from?

Ideas are basically things which are happening around us but sometimes there are make up stories, stories being cooked up out of my head. A writer has a different point of view to see things happening around us every day but in a different way and so is the way to pen it down. 

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Yes, I follow the very basic procedure, it goes like I first make an outline which is an initial blueprint of the book, and then I divide it into chapters and assign word limits to them. In the second part I write the. Finally I sum it up with fillers.  
What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest part about writing is to rewrite it according to the demand, sometimes you need to cut short the idea or have to write something from in-between or correct it, and then you really feel the pain. The first draft of my book “my love never faked” took me only a year and a half to complete, while the revision process took twice as long, two plus years. During that time, I completely rewrote the book, changing point of view and much of the plot, which was then fictionalized. It’s easier to write a book the first time through because it’s new, fun and fresh because you have on-the-spot invention. But revising is tough. It requires a lot of thinking and rethinking and writing and rewriting to get a truly polished product.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

My latest book was an adult fiction and for Indian society to come up with such an open thought was tough. As a writer I knew it from the preliminary draft that I have to maintain this very thin line between being witty to the vulgar. Moreover, I was not sure of the new subject whether readers will like it or not; but now as I am going through the sales and figures I find it to be the right decision to go with such a subject.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer the traditional paperback books for reading, nothing can replace it. It is not only the milky color of the page soothes your eyes but the fen, when you open a book gives you a real touch to the paper.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process
Yes, the cover is the first thing that makes the reader to fall for a book. A good cover gives the actual picture what a reader can expect in the book and compel them to buy it.
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How do you market your books?
Well, I have hired an agent from the first day when my book was released and I am satisfied with his work and am continuing with him, he is always a part in the important decision regarding the books.
 What’s your views on social media for marketing?
The time when my first book was released, there were no social media at all except from Orkut but still the book became a bestseller, so what I think the ground marketing and the availability of the book is more important than the social media marketing. A social media marketing can give you hype but not sales.
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What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Writing is hard work and has its very demanding; sometimes we have to write according to situation and sometimes taking the readers into consideration. If you want to be a writer you have got to write but to be a good writer you have to have a critical thinking and an artistic bent of mind, the more different you write with logic, more are the chances of getting into the bestseller list. And one more thing “Have the courage to go on”. Be able to take criticism as long as it is constructive.
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