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Interview with Kevin Missal

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself?
A. I am a full-time writer who specifically writes on Hindu mythology. I am a graduate of St. Stephen's College in History Honours. I am twenty-three years old, and I have written more than five books until now. 

Q.2 Tell us about your latest book: Raavanputr Meghnad.
A. It is about the son of Raavan--the oldest, and the cruelest of all. In one line I would say: "He was the strongest warrior of Ramayana, but he surrendered. Why?" That was the question I mean to answer in this book. 

Q.3 Was it a conscious decision to write on Indian mythology, considering the sensitivity in India when it comes to religion?
A. The sensitivity is very subjective. Most people are okay, and liberal about different takes towards the same mythology as long as you respect the original. 

Q.4 Among all the protagonists of your seven titles, who’s your favorite and why?
A. Meghnad. He's sarcastic, evil and just a bad boy. 

Q.5 What about the supporting characters? Who does think is dearest to you?
A. I love Arjan as a character, and so does every reader of mine. 

Q.6 How does mythology enrich one’s mind?
A. Probably give them an insight into how to be better people. 

Q.7 If you could be a member of any mythological race, which would you choose and why?
A. I would be an Asura. They are pretty strong and have a cool history. 

Q.8 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
A. I follow the three-act structure - Beginning, conflict, and resolution. 

Q.9 What do you feel about the portrayal of women in mythology?
A. I feel they are more empowering in mythology than in reality. 

Q.10 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
A. To more serious literature. 

Q.11 What is the best thing about being a published novelist? And the worst?
A. Best thing: You just express and vent out whatever you feel. 
Worst: You are putting yourself to be judged by strangers, and it's not a good feeling. 

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A. I read a lot. 

Q.13 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
A. I take it constructively. 

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I write a lot in one day, and that could be exhausting. 

Q.15 What is one stereotype about mythological writers is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?
A. That they are nerds and boring. The most dead-on stereotype is - they are nerds, and boring haha. 

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. There's nothing unethical in the industry thankfully. 

Q.17 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
A. Never give up. 

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Brandon Sanderson. He's my favorite writer.  

Q.19 What is your favorite book?
A. Stormlight Archive Book 1. 

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. It's been pretty fantastic! 

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