Hi Rochak, Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I belong to a Hindu family and reside in Delhi. I did my schooling from Amity International School, Saket, going on to GBTU, Lucknow. I basically am an engineer by profession but writing fiction novels is my passion.
What were you like at school?
I would say an obedient and responsible boy (which now, am not!). I was the house captain of my school. Good in studies…
Were you good at English?
No, I was not that good. My English notebook used to contain all those red circles and my English teacher used to scold me a lot. I sometimes wonder how I became an author!
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
For me, writing is more of a hobby and I don’t take it as a profession or career choice. So, no ambitions as such. I will continue to write till, whenever possible.
Which writers inspire you?
Dan Brown, Nicolas Sparks, Ashwin Sanghi.
So, what have you written?
Three books. First one was, “Love happens only once”. Second one is, “One life one love” which is a sequel to love happens only once and the third one is “The curse of that night”, which is the story of a rape victim.
Where can we buy or see them?
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
In my latest book, that’s “The curse of that night”, the main character is that of Aarti who is been raped and it’s a story of how she fights back for justice.
What are you working on at the minute?
Right now, nothing as such…
What genre are your books?
The first two books of mine were ‘Romantic Fiction’ and the third one is ‘Contemporary Fiction’.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Wow! Now that’s an interesting question. I would like Kareena Kapoor to play the role of Aarti, because firstly, she is my favorite actress and secondly she has done a superb job in ‘Heroine’.
How much research do you do?
To be honest, I do a lot. My second book was based on AIDS and prostitution and third one on rape. Be it the internet, or lawyers, or doctors I explored almost every possible source. According to me, if a book is well researched, it is well written…. 🙂
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Why do you write?
Like I already told you earlier, writing is my hobby. I love to write and tell my stories (with a hidden message) to people.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write as and when, whenever I feel like writing.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Yes. Especially, when the dead line is near.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write it on computer.
Where do the your ideas come from?
My stories are inspired by the events around my environs and thus seem realistic.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Yes, first I work on a plot and then continue with it.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing is not writing; if you are a debutant then the hardest thing is getting your work published!
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Around eight to nine months.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
No, this one is not the part of a series. It’s a different book.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
Yes, I do read a lot. My favorite authors include, Chetan Bhagat, Dan Brown, Preeti Shenoy and Novoneel Chakraborty.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Traditional paper/hard back books.
What book/s are you reading at present?
‘Ex ‘ by Novoneel Chakraborty.
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
My book was edited by a very famous author and editor, Mr. Mohit Naryani.
Who designed your book cover/s?
The covers for my books were designed by my publisher.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes, covers do play an important role.
How do you market your books?
Thorough internet, facebook, blogs and meeting distributors and bookstores.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
It is always good to know what people think about your work. If they don’t have an opinion, then that means you are not being noticed. I try to address each critic in the best manner possible. Fortunately though, most of the opinions on the book have been positive. Of course, tastes vary and not everybody likes the same thing. People have different likes and dislikes. Some may like it or some might think I have wasted my and their time.
Which social network worked best for you?
Obvious answer, facebook!
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
Yes, I did a Goodreads bookaway.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
I was interviewed by Amar Ujala.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Giving away books is just a marketing strategy to attract more and more readers. And yes, it does work!
How do you relax?
I read books, listen to music and play guitar.
What is your favourite book and why?
I like almost all the books written by Dan Brown.
What is your favourite quote?
Journey of life started with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. The goal is to fill the bag of experience before the bag of luck gets empty.
What is your favourite film and why?
3 Idiots and Satyagrah.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Get down and start writing. And never try to write something that does not come from your heart. Don’t care about the future, live your present to the fullest.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
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