Author Interview with Swarnendu
interviewed on Sep 25, 2019
Q. How would you describe yourself?
An interesting concoction of engineering from IIT Kharagpur, masters from the National University of Singapore, and management from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. A mid-aged not-so-lost man still trying to keep up with his dreams and passions!
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
Mir Qasim's Tunnel is a mythological fiction. My hometown Munger on the banks of Holy river Ganges has lots of places of historical importance, going all the way back to Mahabharat and Ramayana. The fiction gives life to the prevailing folklore linking them to Ramayana through a present day adventure in which three youngsters come face to face with the most debatable episodes of Ramayana.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing helps me in giving wings to my imagination. It helps in better understanding of the world and the people around us. It provides a better connect with my inner self.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
Actually, I do not write on a regular basis. I keep thinking about the story and its characters far longer in my mind without even writing them down. When I get a clearer picture, and my heart says that the thought is not perfect, it is then that I sit down writing.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Speaking to my friends and relatives and getting honest reviews from them has worked for me. Social media has also been of help. I have been connecting with various websites and bloggers to give more visibility to my work.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
Till the time a book becomes well known, sales depends upon good marketing techniques, networking, good cover page and of course, a well written substance!
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
I have been likened to the best of the authors in the genre, which has boosted my confidence.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie
The power of your subconscious mind - Joseph Murphy
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
All the above help greatly in bettering oneself. If only the larger world read those books and imbibed few things, the world would certainly be a better place to live in!
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
Dan Brown for the best of mysteries/thrillers, Paulo Coelho for simplistic stories with lots of lessons for life and Dale Carnegie for self-help books.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
I have been reading A wild sheep chase by Murakami. I am almost 75% through and it still gives no clue to how would the story end! Quite gripping!
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
The biggest challenge is that of getting a good publisher. Many writers do not even see the light of the day and remain incognito due to lack of exposure.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
Happiness and of course wealth - that basically includes a lot of things!
Q. At QwertyThoughts.com, we are trying to bring authors and readers under the same roof, to connect, discuss and socialize over books. What's your take on this?
This is indeed a good step. While Goodreads has also created a platform, it is not so user-friendly and is too basic.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
A good story is definitely important. But even before you start writing, you should invest time and effort in building a network. After all, what would you do with a book that no one reads?