Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born on March 4, 1992 in New Delhi, India. Despite being born in a typical Hindu Brahmin family, I am an atheist. I am a little less sociable, reserved, blunt and meditative by temperament, but that does not make me an introvert. I can as easily crack a joke as I can bear one at my expense.
As far as my academic credentials are concerned, I so far have earned a Post Degree Diploma in Business Administration from Langara College, Canada and a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi. I like to eat different types of vegetarian foods and write opinion articles for various online platforms. If I am not sleeping or eating, I am either writing something or figuring out what to do with my life.
I have written four books so far; three textbooks and one fiction.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
‘Gone are the Days’ is my latest book. It is an autobiographical fiction. It is my debut novel and hence, I decided to collect instances and memories from my life and spiced them up with some creative fiction.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
There is no routine or fixed time for me to write. I write whatever I wish and whenever I want. I have written opinion articles on various online platforms viz. youthkiawaaz.com, helpost.com, prachyareview.com etc.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I started writing when I was 19. My first three books were textbooks. The struggle of my fellow classmates and juniors in college inspired me to write those books. Needless to say, my knowledge and understanding of respective subjects helped them secure decent marks in exams.
I have some of my friends and teachers who have been published as authors. I extract my motivation from them.
What are you working on now?
I am working on ‘God of the Sullied’, my fifth book and second novel. It shall be published in less than a year from now in all likelihood. It would be a mythological fiction highlighting the era of Kaliyuga.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I promote my books through publisher’s website, my social media profiles and pages and videos. Besides, I promote my amazon author central page, lulu spotlight and authorsden page as well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Getting instant recognition and acknowledgment in the writing world has become very hard these days. That does not mean it is impossible to be established as an author/writer. It’s just that new authors have to keep trying and they should produce more and more good work, because if they quit, they are definitely not going to be acknowledged.
What are you reading now?
I am deep into writing my next novel and can’t take on anything else right now.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After completing ‘God of the Sullied’ I am planning to write another book with some of my ‘author’ friends. Collaborating with them will keep me engaged in writing. It will also help me to transform creative ideas into reality.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would certainly take all of my books with me as my work gives me motivation. Apart from that, I would bring books written by my friends and teachers. ‘Orphans of the Storm’, ‘Blue Bangles’ and ‘Love (Re)defined’ are some of the titles.