Writer’s Destination Interview
Eshan Sharma, Blogger and an Author
Q1. Please tell us something about yourself?
I'm a software engineer by profession. I'm passionate about writing novels, short stories and poems. Since childhood, I've been weaving many stories in my mind. Recently I started to publish them and surprisingly I received good response from readers.
Q2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I've to read a lot and do research before writing stories and novel.
Q3. How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first novel Kanishka almost five years ago. After that, I became busy with my job. A few months back, I started writing poems and short stories. I won many prizes in national and international literary forum for my poems. It boosted my confidence. I went through the manuscript of Kanishka once again and decided to get it published.
Q4. How long does it take you to write a book?
I make realistic plans for my hobbies because of my professional commitments. The novel takes 6 to 9 months. Poetry anthology takes 3 to 4 months. I write a short story in a week.
Q5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I firmly believe that so-called idealism does not exist in the real world. Everyone has flaws, and our actions depend on the circumstances. I don’t believe in justifying the acts of my character and let my readers make the opinion about them.
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?
As I mentioned earlier, since childhood, I've been story weaver. I loved creating a new world in imagination. Only recently I started taking this passion seriously. I want to share the stories to all, that is the only reason for writing the book.
Q7. What inspired you to write your first book?
It just happened. But my wife supported me a lot.
Q8. Please tell us something more about your upcoming book?
My latest novel KANISHKA is a historical fiction. It is about the timeless journey that unravels the greatest mystery entwined in the game of love, lust, hatred, and revenge. It has been launched a couple of months back. I'm currently working on an anthology of poems.
Q9. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My recent entry in English poetry and the overwhelming response, I received.
Q10. What’s something you are really good at that few people to know about?
Paper cut art, ribbon art, painting, etc.
You can visit my official Facebook page "Kanishka" and read reviews posted by eminent reviewers on Amazon.in and Goodreads.
This book is available on Amazon.in (paperback and Kindle) and Flipkart. International readers can read Kindle version available on amazon.com.
Amazon link: http://hyperurl.co/szs37r
Q12. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I would say editing is the most challenging part.
Q13. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
After seeing the deluge of messages and posts on FB, I can say people are both interested in reading as well as writing.
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?
I would suggest all to focus on perfection. I wrote Kanishka five years back, and when I re-read it as a neutral reader, I find it as engrossing as earlier.
Q15. Let me now ask something about myself, Some thing you want to say about me?
You have a bright future. Your choice of questions is praiseworthy.
Q16. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Dreaming another story
Q17. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
To be honest, I do not follow any one. However, in my college days, I had read Rabindranath Tagore, R K Narayan. I admire their works.
Q18. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Currently, I’m working on my anthology of poems. Most of these poems have won awards and accolades in many national and international literary forums.
Q19. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
Firstly, winning top honor and prizes for my poetry in many forums and then, receiving highly positive reviews from critics and reviewers for my debut novel.
Q20. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Nothing as such
Q21. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
I think aspiring writers are well-informed, thanks to social media.
Q22. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just keep enjoying my work and share your feedback. Your opinion matters a lot.
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.