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Interview with Sudarsan Nagarajan

He is an introvert and tries to understand humanity and the world. Born and brought up in the cultural capital of India. He is graduated and works in an IT company. His passion for writing grew up when he wanted satisfaction and a sense of identity of living. He reads fiction and nonfiction and tries to learn from all kinds of books. He loves traveling and cooking.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I watch a lot of cricket and it’s my favorite sport. Occasionally I cook, read philosophy more, but am interested in thriller books. Loves Paulo Coelho, RK Narayan, Amish Tripathi, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Yes, you would be. I have co-authored a suspense thriller book called Papercut and it’s scheduled to release in Jan 2022.

Q.3 What inspired you to write We’re Corporates?
My own experiences precisely. Having spent close to a decade in the IT industry, you get to know a lot of information. You see different shades of people. You grow with them, gather experiences, and naturally become a basement for my novel. This novel was initially published in 2015 by Blackbuck Publication. I decided to republish after six years.

Q.4 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
There are not many challenges, as I have closely worked and have many friends of the opposite sex. They do share their feelings and I observe them very keenly. You get their thoughts and see how they behave and how they respond to something. But you cannot judge them by the way they behave, yet that becomes the source of developing the characters. 

Talking, involving, and getting to know them better give great character arcs. So, time is a difficult thing. In order to understand them, you have to spend time with them and create a good understanding. That’s how you develop characters and see how they can respond to a particular situation inside the story.

Q.5 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
There aren’t any formulas. I have initial character sets in my mind before writing my initial draft. So, they drive the story.

Q.6 What’s your writing schedule look like when you’re working?
Usually it will be at night after all works are over, I have my time to spend on my creativity.

Q.7 What was the hardest part of writing this book?
 The hardest part is telling almost many of the truths and reality of IT companies in India.

Q.8 Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That’s a tough question to answer. If I don’t write, I would guide people who are willing to write and make a career out of that.

Q.9 What are the three things a reader can expect from your book?
Even though I write fiction, I touch base a lot on the reality of happenings. Readers can surely expect the reality of the story, characters' feels, and their passions, and getting to know people better.

Q.10 Is it vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
Haven’t started anything really on campaigns, but I’m laying out a plan to do that. Initially, I would need some reviews on the books, so I am trying to get as many reviews as I can and then work on other things.

Q.11 How do your friends/family feel about your book or writing venture in general?
They are happy and they are proud of me.

Q.12 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Writing requires patience and peace of mind. Getting your work recognized should be the least part of your worries. Persevere, write and read a lot.

Q.13 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Be stern, don’t fall upon, there are still miles to go, always crave for creativity.

Q.14 Among all the protagonists, who are dear to you and why?
It’s Suraj. I have seen and heard many stories like him in the IT industry and I’m always dear to that character. So, I wrote the book revolving around the story around him.

Q.15 Who designed your book cover? How did you select him/her?
It was a part of the publication process, and I suggested having something related to the story and that’s how the cover was created.

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
I don’t go around thinking a lot of names, and it is random. I give the names to the characters and start to lay out the wants and travels along with them.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
I always embrace constructive criticisms, and that’s how it will help you to grow as an author. If all I get is good one’s my room for growth falls down.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
It’s Paulo Coelho. I read his novel Alchemist and that’s how I became serious about my writing novels. I can relate a lot to his brought up and childhood towards mine and he’s always my favorite author.

Q.19 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Malgudi Days by RK Narayanan, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra by Ruskin Bond.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
It’s been amazing and rewarding so far. Looking forward to better days to come and establishing myself better.

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