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Interview with Tarun Vikash

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself?
A. I was part of a theatre group during my college days. That was the time when I felt stories started driving me. It left an impact on me deeply. A few years back, I realized I had this interest to tell stories. Summing it all up, I am a happy soul trying my best to bring beautiful stories to the world. I believe beautiful stories have the power to make the world a better place to live in.

Q.2 When and why did you begin writing?
A. I began writing in 2017 when I realized that Indian authors were not bringing love stories to the world which needs it badly. I could only find stories on breakups and self-help books. We need to know the need of the hour, and romance is all we need in today’s time.

Q.3 Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
A. Yes, there are many messages in my novel, but most importantly it is LOVE IS NOT A RELATIONSHIP. Once people start liking each other, they are instantly getting into a relationship thinking this is what love is all about. Relationships are exhaustive, people keep poking each other, you start expecting a lot from the other person. In love, you want to see the other person happy no matter what. Here you both are not expecting anything, but trying your best to bring happiness in his/her life. Once anyone reads this novel, they will find out the message in a deeper way.

Another message is that allows the love to grow. Let it take its course and then you will feel you don’t have to commit to the other person. He/she knows that you both are meant for each other. He/she would rather allow you to live your life freely and take your own decisions rather than imposing his/her opinions on you because all he/she wants is your happiness.

Q.4 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A. I don’t believe in it as I won’t call myself an author if I face it. I am already working on multiple genres as I have not limited my writing to a pre-conceived mindset. I am here to entertain people and I must know how to enhance my thinking process if I have to abide by my goal.

Q.5 If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
A. I would like to invite Shahrukh Khan, the king of romance. I would cook Matar Paneer and Veg Pulao for him.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A. I would say that patience, positive thinking, right people around you, a well-planned life can get us where we want to be. Challenges are there to bring you to the right path. Don’t run away from it. Embrace it as soon as possible because that is when that challenge will embrace you too and get you to the right path.

Q.7 Is your book inspired by a certain event/person/memory, etc.?
A. This novel is inspired by a true event that happened a few years ago.

Q.8 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. You need to think more. You need to understand how they think, how they talk, how they react which takes a lot of research and observation.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. The names are very important parts of a story. It should fall in sync with the timeline and storyline both. Readers should not feel awkward as those names flash in their eyes.
Just like the story should be relatable, so should be the names.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. I have been a reader myself. So, I know for the same novel there are different sections of readers. The same novel which is loved by many is criticized by others. Sometimes, the bad reviews try to help you understand a few points which you might have missed while writing. Also, there are instances where the scene which few readers liked might not be liked by others. I take everything positively, but at the same time I make sure I write a story that no one hates because my purpose to make people happy through my novels will go in vain.

Q.11 In your opinion, what’s the recipe for an irresistible love story? 
A. One has to cite the struggles which a couple faces being in love. An author must also make the love story intriguing enough which adds a flavor to the story.

Q.12 Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to becoming a published author.
A. My college friend Raj Kiran supported me from the beginning. He was there all the time feeding me with his inputs. Anytime I needed any help, he was there. Sangeet, my college friend was in regular discussion about the novel and its progress during the writing phase.

Q.13 What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel? Any new project you’re working on?
A. No there won’t be a sequel to this. Yes I have two more projects at hand. One is another love story based on true events, and the Second one is Mythological fiction which would be a trilogy.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. Yes. In my novels, you would be finding a pinch of humor in every chapter. My writing would be more relatable and connecting as I write in a conversational style.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. My biggest achievement would be when I published this novel. I want the youth to know about love and have clarity of the right people around them. I think I have a long way to go and I have just started.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. There aren’t any in my experience.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. I edited the novel myself because giving the book to an editor meant they might come up with their own changes which I might not feel suitable for my novel.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. I would like to meet Aamir Khan and discuss film making with him. I want to see my novels on the big screen someday.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. My favorite book is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, my first foreign author novel.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. My journey has been really amazing so far. The younger generation is in love with this novel as they could find it completely relatable, and they are waiting for my next one. I think that’s all an author wants.

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