I have been doing a diverse range of stuff. I have written books, worked as a freelance writer, editor, mentor and have spoken at various creative writing workshops as well. Apart from that I run this organization – www.theasylum.in
Also, I am a final Mechanical Engineering student at NIT Silchar, Assam.
Were you good at English?
Not really. I had the imagination and creativity but I lacked execution. I always neglected it because back then, English was just another subject in which I had to score well. After I entered into professional writing, I worked hard to improve myself and in fact, I am still learning.
Which writers inspire you?
I have been really inspired by A. Roy and S. Rushdie. They inspire me and make me realize that there is no limit to imagination and beautiful stories are meant to be told beautifully.
So, what have you written?
I have written two books – Life in a Nutshell and An Excursion of Insight. Other than that I have written guest blogs, short stories, and poems.
Where can we buy or see them?
What are you working on at the minute?
I recently completed by third novel – Nazaqat. It will be launched by December. You can join her at https://www.facebook.com/nazaqat2013
What genre are your books?
I always try to write beyond genres. I feel that it’s just don’t right to think of a genre and then start writing. You get an idea or a concept and you have to start working on it without thinking what genre it would belong to. As an author, my job is to write, to tell stories; and not to think which genre my work is falling in.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Well in the upcoming book, the character has two prime phases of life. For the younger phase, I would like Richa Chadda and for the older phase, I imagine Rekha Ji to play the role. It would be simply a dream come true!
How much research do you do?
A lot! Whatever I can do! I have done some really insane stuff for this recent book but I feel all my insanity will pay off when Nazaqat shall reach to readers.
Why do you write?
I write because I like to write. I am passionate about it. It’s a medium through which I express myself.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I always used to write whenever I had an emotional burst-out. But that was majorly to calm down and clear my mind. I started writing professionally because I wanted to shape my skills and do something productive with them.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time, of course. There are very few writers in India who are a full-time writer. I hope I will join that creed someday soon.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
When I am working on a project, I make sure I am writing daily. It keeps me motivated. Otherwise, I write whenever I feel like.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Yes! I fix targets and work accordingly.
Where do the your ideas come from?
I have always believed that we don’t find ideas. Ideas find us. And they can find us anywhere, anytime…maybe when are you least expecting them. Working on ideas is like dating girls, you never know which one will change your life forever.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer to plan a lot. Only when my planning is done, I go for execution. However, any sort of changes can be made anytime while I am writing.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I have become more broad minded and I’ve become more open to different sort of ideas, perceptions, individualities. I have realized that no one is wrong. Everyone is right in his/her own mind-set and doesn’t matter how much absurd it may sound, it’s acceptable.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I get it done by trusted friends and professionals. No one can actually find their own mistakes and doesn’t matter how good any author is, he will always need a professional proof reader or editor.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
You become the master of your own destiny – that is both the advantage and disadvantage of self publishing.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
It works to some extent. But giving too many books for free certainly won’t work.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just believe in yourself. Sooner or later, you will get what you deserve. So chill down and enjoy the journey!
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The Midnight Children! It’s simply unparallel. There is no book which can match it.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would just like to advice them to be more creative. Try to experiment and bring out new stories. Don’t go by the trends and be patient.
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Right now, we are going through a bad phase but I believe it’s soon going to get over and then publishing industry will recover again.
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