Author Interview: Rajiv Mittal

This week, I had the opportunity to interview an amazing author. He is packed with wit, humour and seems to be an extremely straight-forward person. Introducing to you all… Rajiv Mittal!

About the Author and the Book:

In this first section, we covered the basic questions and asked the obvious. Of course, for you to understand the future goals of Rajiv Mittal, you need to know a bit about Rajiv Mittal first, right? Let’s get right into it!

Q1: What does the world need to know about you?

I am a cynical realist who always assumes the worst of people and situations and is therefore sometimes pleasantly surprised but never disappointed.

Q2: Tell us a little bit about  what inspired you to pen ‘Brahmahatya’.

I would visit my father in his retirement home during his final days. Seeing all the residents, I would wonder – what are their stories? And are they all really who they say they are.

The ‘What’ section:

This part of the interview contained the questions starting with ‘What’ that caught my inquisitive mind. These questions center around Rajiv Mittal’s interests and delve slightly deep. Let’s see what he had to say…

Q1: What is it about writing that inspires you?

The fact that while I am writing, unlike in real life, I am in complete control of my imagined world.

Q2: What is your favourite genre to read and why?

Humor of the cynical variety. Why? Because despite all this fear of Artificial Intelligence enslaving humans, I do not believe it can happen until the time A.I. develops an ability to cynically laugh at itself. That requires real intelligence.

The ‘Who’ and ‘When’ section:

This is where it started getting a bit tricky. In this section, I mostly covered a few personal aspects of the author, trying to figure out how it all began…

Q1: Who motivated you throughout your writing journey?

God.

Q2: When did you decide that writing was your passion?

When I realized that however horrible I might feel when I wrote something, it was always a pleasure reading it back.

The ‘How’ section:

Here, I mainly focused my questions around the present and the future, in my attempt to try and understand what we can hope to expect moving forward. I must say, I was surprised.

Q1: How do you envision your future?

Very bleak. Real life is beginning to scare me and I am reduced to browsing the internet particularly social media to be amazed.

Q2: How different would your life be if it didn’t involve writing?

I might have become grumpier as a person. Writing gives me the luxury to constructively spend a great deal of my time and it is cathartic.

 

Conclusion:

As we decided to call it a day, I asked Rajiv if he had anything  in specific he wanted to say. Here is his extract.

Thank you, Rajiv, for such an interesting interview.

You can order ‘Brahmatya’ from Amazon today.

 

If you would like to have your interview taken, then head over HERE for further details on how you can make this happen!

Shilpa Raj, An Exciting New Arrival

Sweet Sixteen. A young age for discovery, expression, and inspiration. For Shilpa Raj, it marked the literary beginning of a lifelong journey. With a mindset to become an author, she began a fruitful research into her past that centered on the hardships her family faced, as she strung together decades of memories to form the basis for her central theme. Now, at 23, she is ready to showcase what can only be anticipated as a debutant’s masterpiece.

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter’ is a memoir of the harsh experiences that multiple generations of her family has had to endure. What I find enthralling about this book is that Shilpa is the first person of her age from the ‘untouchable’ community of three hundred million to write about the unimaginable hardships, indignity and violence experienced as an insider.

Coming from a background that is downtrodden, this inspiring young woman has risen strong, representing those like her whose dreams are shattered by unending trauma and lack of opportunity. It is admirable how Shilpa has taken it upon herself to become a role model, not only through her words but also through her deeds. Shilpa spends her free time counselling those from similar backgrounds and also teaches English.

In the seven years that it took to build this narrative, Shilpa also became the first member in her family to complete her higher education with an MSc in Psychological Counselling. Her hobbies span towards photography and dancing, both of which she embraces with the same passion she has for writing. To add another feather to her cap, she is also a major part in a Netflix Original Documentary titled ‘Daughters of Destiny’ which tells the lives of five young women, Shilpa included, who have had the courage and the determination to rise from the ashes. This series is awaiting release around the same time as her book.

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is all set to hit the stores by the 28th of July and will definitely prove to be a stellar display of raw emotions, complex perspectives and empathetic instances that will linger in readers’ minds for a long time. Stay tuned to this section for further updates!

Author Interview: Kevin Missal

Hi there! This week, I had the opportunity to interview one of the youngest and most dynamic people I’ve met. He is packed with ambition, a steady goal and a bright future ahead. Introducing to you all… Kevin Missal!

 

About the Author and the Book:

In this first section, we covered the basic questions and asked the obvious. Of course, for you to understand the future goals of Kevin Missal, you need to know a bit about Kevin Missal first, right? Let’s get right into it!

Q1: What does the world need to know about you?

I can craft good stories and entertain them.

Q2: Tell us a little bit about ‘Karma’ – the world’s first Instaread.

Small, compact and could be put in a pocket. It was initially a short story written for an anthology but when the anthology didn’t work out I thought of publishing the story since it had an entire structure with a lot of characters. Karma is about grief, loneliness, superstition and madness.

Q3: Are there going to be more Instareads?

Oh hell, there are gonna be a series of it.

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The ‘What’ section:

This part of the interview contained the questions starting with ‘What’ that caught my inquisitive mind. These questions center around Kevin Missal’s interests and delve slightly deep. Let’s see what he had to say…

Q1: What does ‘Kalamos Literary Services’ mean to you?

A business that needs to spread creativity.

Q2: What is it about writing that inspires you?

You are the sole reason behind the disappointment and the success of your writing. You are not dependent on anyone. That’s what inspires me. I hate to be dependent.

Q3: What is your favourite genre to read and why?

It ranges according to my writing period. If I’m writing mystery, I’ll love mystery novels and if I’m writing fantasy as I am now, I am reading the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. And I love fantasy now!

Q4: What do you do besides writing?

I read, watch Netflix, hang out with friends.

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The ‘Who’ and ‘When’ section:

This is where it started getting a bit tricky. In this section, I mostly covered a few personal aspects of the author, trying to figure out how it all began…

Q1: Who motivated you throughout your writing journey?

Dad. No doubt. He’s always the greatest supporting force, always pushing me and always funding me. Haha.

Q2: When did you decide that writing was your passion?

At the age of 12 when I scribbled a page on my notebook realizing I can write a story too. I thought I’ll finish the entire notebook but it turned out I couldn’t since the story wasn’t fleshed out.

Q3: Who, from the literary world, would you want to be like in the future, but in your own individualistic way?

I think Amish is a marketing genius so I want to learn marketing from him, and I would like to write more like Stephen King and earn money like JK Rowling.

Q4: When do you plan to write your next book?

I’m already writing. Finished 13,000 words in two days. It’s going to be my magnus opus.

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The ‘How’ section:

Here, I mainly focused my questions around the present and the future, in my attempt to try and understand what we can hope to expect moving forward. I must say, I was surprised.

Q1: How did the concept of ‘Instaread’ come about?

I was at an airport and I had bought a book which was too heavy to carry around and you know how we have to keep moving till we reach the plane. I kind of thought wouldn’t it be cool if there’s a book with a beginning, middle and an end having concrete, well rounded characters fit in your pocket? The idea stemmed and after discussions it just blossomed.

Q2: How did you come up with the idea of ‘Karma’?

Rakshas has always inspired me to venture in the darkness of rebirth and reincarnation. Like in the movies, reincarnation isn’t so pretty. It’s bad and sometimes you return as a rakshas or a pisach.

Q3: How do you envision your future?

A successful writer penning screenplays as well.

Q4: How different would your life be if it didn’t involve writing

I would have been a very boring boy with no sense of purpose.

 

Conclusion:

As we decided to call it a day, I asked Kevin if he had anything  in specific he wanted to say. Here are his words…

Well, wait for my magnum opus. I would like to tell you all about it but I can’t. It’s going to be grand, that’s all.”

Thank you, Kevin, for such an interesting interview.

You can order ‘Karma’, the world’s first Instaread, from Amazon today.

 

If you would like to have your interview taken, then head over HERE for further details on how you can make this happen!