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Interview with Sanchit Gupta

Sanchit Gupta
The Tree with a Thousand Apples

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
A. I wrote 3 books across a period of 7 years every night after work, before I got my first book deal. You need to work for a long time with all your sincerity before you start seeing any results.

Q.2 How many unpublished and half-finished book do you have?
A. My next book - Second Wind shall be released by May this year. My third manuscript is complete and currently unpublished.

Q.3 Where do you get your ideas?
A. I go looking for them.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. If you want to be a professional writer, just don’t quit.

Q.5 Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. Try to do both, it has to be a combination.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A. If you get a chance, do it all over again.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. Awareness about the world around you is key. Read everything, not just your genre, but varied- both fiction and nonfiction. There is no one-stop solution.

Q.8 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. Empathy is key. It’s not difficult, but requires your heart to be in it.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. No particular process. It is good if they have a meaning.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. Yes. If I agree with the bad one, try not to commit the same mistake again.

Q.11 Does your family supports your career as a writer?
A. Yes. My parents and wife are my biggest support.

Q.12 What do your fans mean to you?
A. Everything. We exist for them.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A. Currently only one released, so that one automatically becomes my favorite.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I like my particular writing table, I guess everyone likes it.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. The fact that my book The Tree with a Thousand Apples has influenced minds, made them think and develop their own perspective of the world, I think is a huge achievement for me.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. Not really sure of.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. Ms. Priyamvada from Niyogi Books. The publisher chose her. She is brilliant.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Ernest Hemingway. I really adore him and his writing.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Not favorite, but Train to Pakistan is one of the first books I read that influenced my mind, developed my perspective and made me want to write.

Q.20 How can readers discover more about you and your work?
A.  Follow me on -

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