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Interview with Saurabh Kumar Das

He has written three novels so far. Saurabh has worked as a copywriter for ten years, as a freelance journalist for five years. Saurabh is currently getting trained in screenwriting at the Film and Television Institute of India. In the future, Saurabh wishes to write novels, web series, and films.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know? 
A. When I was growing up, I saw my family members choosing routine professions like I have four sisters, three sisters have chosen IT field, and one sister had chosen bureaucratic line like my father. So I wanted to do something different, and I followed my heart to become a writer. Today, I am happy that I am doing something different, which takes up lots of courage, unlike following the hoard. 

My father was a safe player and couldn’t think beyond regular jobs. Being self-employed or doing something different was beyond his understanding. Besides, I find bureaucrats highly corrupt and dishonest, which is generally against the values of a writer, the reason I never wanted to go into government job.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on? 
A. Yes, I am working on my next novel, a film, and web series hopefully soon.

Q.3 What inspired you to write You Are Too Much?
I have seen people around me who have moved on from the worst situation. I wanted to explore this idea, how someone moves on from the death of a loved one. How someone reacts to a loved one’s death.

Q.4 What is the most challenging thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? 
A. I have yet to explore the psyche of the opposite sex. The most difficult is to explore the emotions.

Q.5 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula? 
A. I usually explore a character psychologically, behaviorally, physiologically and then work on it. I have no set formula. About the plot I make sure there are enough twists and turns. I make sure that it’s interesting.

Q.6 What’s your writing schedule look like when you’re working? 
A. I write 2-3 hours each day in the morning. Rest of the day, I read and worked on commercial assignments.

Q.7 What was the most challenging part of writing this book? 
A. The most challenging part was to elaborate on the death of a character and how the people around the character dealt with that.

Q.8 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite? 
A. I have written 3 books. You Are Too Much is my favorite.

Q.9 What are the three things a reader can expect from your book?
1. Emotions.
2. Detailing.
3. Lots of Twists and Turns.

Q.10 Is it vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing? Tell us about your marketing campaign?
A. I have marketed my book through social media only. I have asked reviewers to honestly review the book and that has worked.

Q.11 How do your friends/family feel about your book or writing venture in general? 
A. My family wasn’t very supportive and still doesn’t understand much about writing because all of them are in traditional professions. However, I have lots of friends and readers who love me and appreciate my work. Unfortunately, my family members are mostly busy making money; they don’t understand art and creativity.

Q.12 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read voraciously, keep observing things around you, watch good cinema and tell heart-touching stories.

Q.13 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I should have worked harder.

Q.14 Among all the protagonists of your titles, who are dear to you and why?
A. Aarav
is closest to me because he has overcome all the tragedies and is resilient.

Q.15 Who designed your book cover? How did you select him/her?
Designed by publisher.

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
Just randomly.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
A. Yes, I do. Bad ones are significant; they help me grow.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I wish to Vyasa, writer of Mahabharata because he’s the most excellent writer, I believe.

Q.19 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
I like Paolo Coelho’s Alchemist for its simplicity and charm.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A difficult journey as a writer. It’s not easy being a writer in India, but I enjoyed every moment, and I have grown to face all these challenges.

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