Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a filmmaker based in Mumbai. Although, I have several credits for the script. A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BEAUTY PAGEANT is my first book. I am nearly completing my second book which will be out in October.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As I filmmaker I worked closely with the Miss World contestants. This was a good opportunity to know the industry closely and goes into making a winner. Therefore, I wrote this book to give the contestants the right knowledge that they need.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Every writer has a queer way of writing. I like to take a break at unknown destinations while working on my book. Also, I like to consume a lot of dark chocolate while writing. Somehow, I think it acts as a mood booster. Though I do not know the real science behind it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am an avid writer. I can read anything and everything that I can lay my hand on. I have read all the classics, Jane Austen is my favourite.
If you talk about the contemporary writers, Orhan Pamuk writing has impressed me a lot.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a fiction which acts a prequel to this book. The author travels with the beauty queens and falls in love with one of them. This is how he could write a book about beauty pageants.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am not an expert at promotions. I am just learning as this is my first book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new writers is to write and be consistent. Only writing will help you get your book published. Please do not think about anything else when you are writing. Everything will fall in place.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice that I heard from someone was to keep your ears closed to negative criticism.
What are you reading now?
I am reading THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON by George S Clason.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am completing my next book. I am also working on a new movie script.
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?
If I am left on a desert island, I would take the Harry Potter series as that would keep me amused and make a good read.