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Interview with Indranil Roy

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
A. I have been asked this question a number of times, so I don't think there is nothing new that I can say about me. In contrary to the popular belief of those who know me, I am an introvert. I love to live in my own world. Every morning I watch a few episodes of Tom and Jerry, and it is refreshing, to say the least.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
A. I am currently working on a new project. For the past six months, I conducted research in my own way to get into the root of the events that I would present in my book, and to get under the skin of my characters so that I don't let them down. I will start writing from the next month.

Q.3 Where do you get your ideas?
A. Often, I find the initial ideas based upon some personal experience or at times from the newspapers, and develop them. Hence my stories are never larger than life so are my characters.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. I don't think I am the best person to advise young authors, at least at this point, since I am struggling to find a foothold.
All that I can say now is that, be honest to yourself, and believe in what you are putting down on paper. Make it clear first, whether you want to show off that you can write or do you indeed have a story to tell, the first one will never come off well, but the second one will surely do.

Q.5 Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. I am trying my hardest to remain original as much as possible. I am trying my best to reflect a slice of the life of common men. I will try to follow it up in my next ventures too. Hopefully, they will like it, for avid readers never contend with the same material.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A. Observe in detail, and don't let emotion overpower your reasoning. Don't try to imitate. Be Yourself.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. Sadly, the number of literary magazines in our country is a handful.

Q.8 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. Now that's truly the most difficult part when it comes to writing. It generally draws the most out of me, for I had to put on their shoes and think the way they would in different situations.
The central character of my next venture is a lady. I am trying to get under her skin. It is extremely time-consuming, yet thrilling to look at things from an entirely different perspective. Understanding the psyche of a woman is indeed tough, and I say it due to honesty.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. There is no theory as such. I have an image of my characters in my mind. The names are given so as to suit that image.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. I don't expect anything from anyone. That's the mantra of my life. So, whatever I get from them is welcomed by me. The positive feedback definitely encourages, while a negative one makes me rethink. Yet, I don't get driven away by either of them.

Q.11 Does your family support your career as a writer?
A. To be honest, I am a teacher by profession and an author by passion. My wife is my first reader. She has no option but to go through all the trash. But, she is extremely encouraging, so are my students who are family to me as well.

Q.12 What do your fans mean to you?
A. They are the driving force to do better and to excel me with each composition.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A. Till now I have written two books. While the first one The Man Behind the Teacher's Desk is close to my heart, Decoding Life Post 8/ 11 is my favorite.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I type the basic frame of a chapter on my cellphone while traveling on a train. Once I return home, I transfer it to my laptop and do the required editing. Thus, I am never away from my work. I always play soft instrumental music while writing.

Q.15 What do you consider being your best accomplishment?
A. Getting accepted as a teacher during my college days by students who were hardly 2-3 years younger to me laid the foundation of my life. Winning their trust was a major accomplishment of my life. The best is yet to come.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. Forcing authors to add erotica even if it is unnecessary,  just for the sake of attracting a section of readers.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. My publisher assigned Ms. Kavya Shree as my editor. She has been extremely cooperative all the way.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. I would like to meet Rahul Dravid someday. The aura of simplicity in him fascinates me and teaches me how to remain what you are, even after achieving greatness.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It has been an inspiration since my college days.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. If I say it has been too good I would lie to myself. It has been a learning experience, to be honest, and I am still in search of the best way to express myself.

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful interview. I'd look foreward to read the books of this author. Cheers