Eshan's Special Interview Series : Shreyas Bhave, Author



Q1. Please tell us something about yourself? 

I was born in Nagpur, did my electrical engineering there from VNIT. Since my childhood, I was an avid reader, and a fan of historical stories. Napoleon, Caesar, Genghis Khan, Shivaji, Saladin, I know all their stories by heart. I passed out of college last year, and at present, I am working as a Contractor for the Indian railways.

Q2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

The fact that I find almost no time to write!

Q3. How long have you been writing? 

My father used to tell me made-up stories when I was a child, of science fiction and advanced civilizations. I guess the creative gene comes from my father who could never be a writer and it is his lost creativity that I am forwarding in my life.

Q4. How long does it take you to write a book? 

I can write 4000 words/day at my best. So I can complete a Na no wri mo in 20 days. But that’s the ideal case.

Q5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

It is my practice to read every paragraph I write after I write it as a total third person. And if I can’t read that paragraph flawlessly, I tweak it then and there, that’s all. I guess that is the easiest thing. Keep it simple, silly.

Q6. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book? 

My father used to tell me made-up stories when I was a child, of science fiction and advanced civilizations. I guess the creative gene comes from my father who could never be a writer and it is his lost creativity that I am forwarding in my life.

Q7. What inspired you to write your first book? 

I was visiting a mountain pilgrimage called Girnar in Junagarh district few years back. It boasts of a vast Jain temple and also the highest point of Gujarat state. When I enquired who had built the Jain temple, the answer I received was it was built by Chandragupta Maurya. The question which came to my mind is why a king from Patliputra which was far away, was building temples at the edge of his empire? Afterwards I visited an underground network of Buddhist caves nearby. I was impressed by its architecture. “Who built these caves?” I asked and the answer that came was “Samrat Ashoka.” This was the incident that drove me to find out more about this great Grandfather-grandson duo and the outcome is the Asoka trilogy.

Q8. Please tell us something more about your upcoming book?

I am at present working on a new psychological thriller, which runs along the lines of a Christopher Nolan movie. I hope to finish it this year at the earliest. Apart from it, I have an already completed manuscript which tells the story of a controversial freedom fighter in a totally unexpected way. Let’s see which one finds a home at a publisher sooner.

Q9. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? 

NA

Q10. What’s something you are really good at that few people know about? 

I am really good at imagining things.

Q11. Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books? 

By visiting my blog at www.authorshreys.wordpress.com

Q12. What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

The editing!

Q13. What do you think is the future of reading/writing? 

Culture is moving towards digital rather than print.

Q14. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do? 

Oh, so many things, too many things. But It is a sin to think about changing the past and one must never regret and only look at the future.

Q15. Let me now ask something about myself, how was the interview?

Some thing you want to say about me? You ask very probing questions. Bravo.

Q16. What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

Getting new experiences.

Q17.  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

For the Asoka trilogy, which is Epic Historical fiction, my influence was Conn Iggulden.

Q18. Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

I am at present working on a new psychological thriller, which runs along the lines of a Christopher Nolan movie. I hope to finish it this year at the earliest. Apart from it, I have an already completed manuscript which tells the story of a controversial freedom fighter in a totally unexpected way. Let’s see which one finds a home at a publisher sooner.

Q19. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer? 

How long it takes to get your book published.

Q20. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? 

Nope. You have been very thorough.

Q21.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers? 

Just write. That’s it.

Q22. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

Thank you for giving a new author a chance.

It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. If you have any feedback please let me know. I hope I will get another chance of interviewing you in future.

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