Eshan's Special Interview Series: Chandrapal Khasiya, Author

Writer’s Destination Interview
Eshan Sharma, Blogger and an Author

Q1. Please tell us something about yourself?
That’s always a tricky question to answer. Well, let me try it. Chandrapal Khasiya. Just a guy who wants to tell stories to the world. A lot of stories. All kind of stories. I mean, the good, the meaningful ones.

Q2. Is there anything you find challenging in your writing?
Yes, I do. I believe writing is a craft, not a talent. It demands passion, patience and persistence. Recently, there came a twist in my life, where I foolishly decided to quit writing. Luckily, there was again a twist, and I realized the blunder I had committed. I thought it would be easy to catch the command as only few days, may be a week had passed. But when I picked up my phone to write a tiny tale, I felt the challenge. Thoughts were fuzzy, tangled. The spark, the excitement I used to feel while writing was missing. I was lost. Frustrated. Depressed. Rob a man’s identity and how would he feel? Hollow! That’s what I was feeling. I typed a line, then deleted it because of my lack of confidence, then rewrote it for multiple times. It was like trying writing for the first time and it took around an hour to come up with that tiny tale. It was a beginning of a new journey. And that’s why I called it 2.0.
When it comes to particular challenging in writing, I take care of not repeating the same idea I once used. 

Q3. How long have you been writing?
2014 is the year when I first got published. After that, fortunately, my short stories started getting published at national as well as at international level. But before all that, I was a novice for around five years.

Q4. How long does it take you to write both of your e-books?
THE GIFT, my first ebook, I released it on my father’s birthday. He is a leap-year man, so I really needed to do something special for him. COFFEE CHRONICLES follows the same pattern. It took a week to write THE GIFT, while it took around 15 days to complete COFFEE CHRONICLES. Blessedly, both ebooks are still receiving positive feedbacks.

Q5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t have any specific writing quirk. I do follow the simple procedure. Think of an idea. Then brainstorm till the idea evolves. Yes, I do spend time in plotting before I pen.

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?
Honestly, writing was never my child’s dream. I was fascinated towards computers, towards coding. Unfortunately, that dream shattered. But I was always, and still I am, a voracious reader. My father shares the same interest and so one day when I was reading a book, my father recounted his young days, his fascination of writing and how he could not the finish the story he began to write. A father’s unfinished dream and a son’s attempt to construct a new dream, both, indicated me to try writing. So I began.
There is always a reason for writing a particular story. If you are aware, I wrote stories in almost all popular genres. The intent was simple. To get a hand over all genres so that I can finally use these experiences and learning in a big project. 

Q7. What inspired you to write Winter’s Wink?
Winter’s Wink was a struggle. As I told you earlier, when I re-started writing, it felt like I was writing for the first time. So I decided to write something for 21 days. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. And  I am happy that I accomplished that. 21 days, 21 episodes. The confidence I had lost is now back. And somehow the half story-line impressed a publishing house from U.K.
Real life events and expectations was the base for this fantasy series. Now what was real and what was imagination in the series, let it be a mystery.

Q8. Please tell us something more about your upcoming book?
It’s all about monsoon and a fictional city. That’s all I can say at this moment.

Q9. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
The Newspaper Reader, a short story that got published in Crumpled Voices. I do consider it as my best accomplishment for two reasons. First, I wrote it in parts during my graduation exams. And second, it was the first story that was appreciated by literature critics.

Q10. What’s something you are really good at that few people know about?
Making comic-strips. Very few, hardly 6-7 people knows about this talent of mine.

Q11. Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?
Sure. You can reach me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. And you can learn more about my books from my blog.

Q12. What was the hardest part of writing Winter’s Wink?
Every morning to tell myself just one thing -  that I need to read one more episode to write. Completing it was the hardest thing. Only few were aware about the situation and I am blessed to have them with me.

Q13. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
The future of writing depends on reading, and the future of reading depends on writing. Once my roommate had quoted, “Writers are levers for the society. They can uplift the mentality for the greater good.” I see a great future, in both fields.

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?
If someone makes a time-machine, I’ll dial a date back to my school days, meet my younger version and tell him clearly, “Dude, don’t yawn during English lectures. Wash your face, drink tea before it if possible. And when the teachers say that English is going to be a great part of your future, trust me, they are true. English is going to be the medium of our storytelling.”

Q15. Let me now ask something about myself, Some thing you want to say about me?
Meeting another writer is like meeting someone from the same kin. Interacting with a writer is like conversing with an old friend. And being interviewed by a writer is like discussing philosophies. Just want to say one thing. Don’t make a foolish decision to quit writing like I did. Things will get heard, life will be brutal, but don’t quit. That’s all.

Q16. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Abstract writing from me and minimize my reading time, then I am just like a normal guy. I like to wander and admire the wonders. Beaches and mountains. Fortresses and forests.  

Q17.  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
World Building and magic system from Brandon Sanderson, epic storyline from J.R.R. Tolkien, prose with poetic touch from Patrick Rothfuss and  foreshadowing from J.K.Rowling. I don’t want a mentor, I want a school!

Q18. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure. The following lines are from the current work.
“The revelation was unexpected. All her life she believed that she understood him. But now, after reading the last page, his last words, guilt twisted her guts. “Mr. Monsoon,” she whimpered, tears wetting her eye-lashes, “I wish I could become a part of it.”
And then, she heard footsteps behind her.”

Q19.What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
The biggest surprise was the call I received a year before that I was Celebrity Crush of her. Now, that was something seriously surprising. 

Q20. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Not at all. You smartly included everything. Now that, I admire. How did you do that?

Q21.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Read a lot, write a lot. And find some great friends who will be brutally honest to you. Tejas Kemkar, Amit Pandey and Kaushal Desai. Thanks for tolerating me.

Q22.Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
 I have been waiting for this question. Hey, everyone! First you aren’t just readers, you  all are friends. I truly appreciate your time investment on my stories and posts, and thanks for being a great support. The response when I shut #CKwrites moved me, but I was determined not to write. What pushed me to restart is another story.
To my CV Gang, Paltan and Lavara group, you guys are blessings. And ADIT’s Cultural Team, you guys were and always be my inspiration.
And there are these five people. Tushar Kotiya, Dhyey Patel, Kashyap Darji, Mihir Patel andPuja Saxena who had remained a constant source of positivity and making me realize what blunder I was committing. A special thanks to them.
And yes, the third book is coming! (an eBook or a paperback? Let the time reveal its format.)

Thank you, Eshan for this wonderful interview.

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.

Thank you!!