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Interview with V.S. Sury

Graduated as an electrical engineer in 1967. A bachelor by choice, now running on 79, he has retired from service and is living in Kolar, Karnataka, India. He developed a passion for writing after his retirement. His previous novel, JESTUS, was published in 2010. Sury loves leading a reclusive life, reading, and contemplating Life.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself that not many people know?
I better keep it to myself!

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Yes. I am writing two books at present. Hope to complete it soon.

Q.3 What inspired you to write Impossible Tales? What led you to explore the blend of quantum physics and speculative fiction?
I simply let go of my imagination to run wild. Quantum has been haunting me because it is impossible for a normal person (educated) to really understand it! So, it led me to write stories on it.

Q.4 How you approached crafting different narratives, a wide range of characters, and scenarios?
Truth to tell, imagination and inspiration caught hold of me without my consent. I was happy to succumb to them.

Q.5 What challenges did you face while writing this book, and how did you overcome them?
None - honest. It was as if I was sleepwalking while I was engaged in writing.

Q.6 What message were you hoping to convey by this story?
No great things. I just wanted the readers to share my thrill.

Q.7 How long on average does it take you to write a book?
 One year to 18 months.

Q.8 What’s your writing schedule while working?
I have retired from service but am physically busy. Every day, I only find time to write between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and I diligently stick to that schedule.

Q.9 This book has thematic depth and the exploration of profound ideas, the reality of nature, and emotions. How important is it for you as an author to delve into these deeper explorations while still delivering bizarre narratives?
It has a dual nature. Understanding those ideas in depth is a very, very difficult task, requiring a good deal of one’s time. Meanwhile, the unanswered questions seek a different channel - fiction writing - for their outlet.

Q.10 What do you think are the main reasons for the popularity of science fiction? To what extent has the film industry helped popularize the genre?
Nowadays, all our lives are immersed in science and technology, from morning to night. It is thus natural for people to get attracted to science imagery. I do not watch films these days, so I cannot comment on that aspect.

Q.11 It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing. Tell us about your marketing campaign?
Frankly, I cannot afford to spend money on marketing. I just make a couple of tweets and an occasional posting on LinkedIn and leave it at that.

Q.12 How do you feel your writing has evolved throughout the years?
I took up writing in 2009. Going steady. Presently, I am experimenting with the local, regional language. Hope to complete it in about a year.

Q.13 What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Pleasant impression. And satisfaction, I hope.

Q.14 Who design your book cover? How do you select them?
It was designed by my publisher, Evince Publications. They offered three choices. I selected one out of them.

Q.15 What advice do you give to aspiring writers who want to explore themes related to sci-fi in their writing?
Read as many varieties of authors as possible. If you genuinely like reading, writing follows.

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
No sweat - on the spur of the moment. However, I have a rather fancy idea. Since I am writing in English, I use Western names. Slightly morphed to sound like Indian names. (Mr. Beam, for instance, in the first story, is a descendant of our Bhim, nomenclature-wise! And so on.)

Q.17 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I have published four books - Jestus, Jestus on Rampage, Parallels, and Impossible Tales. Jestus, my first book is my favorite.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Sri Ramana Maharshi
. To get his blessings.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. The Count of Monte Cristo
. It was the first book in fiction that I read at an impressionable age (I was 15 then). Great book. I like it even today.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
Happy and satisfying. I had the urge to write and found proper outlets. Name and fame do not matter.

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