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Interview with Mahidharnath Sesetti

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
A. I am Mahidharnath Sesetti, BTech graduate, and now working as a Banker. But I'm pursuing my passion for writing, from 2017. I think I'm accidental writer and it is because of my mother. I personally don’t have the intention of becoming writer. I started scribbling some small stories on blog, and I choose fiction writing for the reach.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
A. Of course. Probably, in September or October. And there is also one more idea I'm working on. 

Q.3 Where do you get your ideas?
A. I think it is very difficult question. I would say, I am very enthusiastic about political and economic functioning, in our country, and current trend in relationships. But coming to your question, its choice of story and current information and knowledge I have from reading papers, or listening to anything emotional, blend to a story.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. Kindly write, not for others for you, in the first place. Don’t start writing trying to impress all. Though it is the desire of every writer, don’t take it seriously while you are budding. It will happen soon.

Q.5 Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. I love to answer this question. Answering to the point, it is original. And I believe in it. First of all, it is a misconception that all readers want the “same stuff” to read. But one thing that common in all readers is the feeling to dwell and swim through the emotion of the book if it falls under their sensibilities. So it is primary responsibility of the writer, I feel, particular to fiction, is to keep readers connected to story through the emotional layer, apart from what kind of subject it is.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A. Write it in your style, and get it to read and know the opinion. Don’t feel embarrassed or discourage if the opinion is not good. Improve and repeat.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. I have no subscription for any magazines or websites till now.

Q.8 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. I am not sure I felt anything while writing. But generally, when writing body language or attitude. Because I feel it should be subtle and should be feminine. So it is the challenge.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. Either I go by meanings of the names or resonant to strong persons in the society around me. For instance, ‘Indira’ name close to former late politician Indira Gandhi. For instance, Indira, in the novel, has the strength and ability to pursue what she wants in political arena, pushed me naming it.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. Yeah, I read. Of course, I feel happy for good ones. For bad ones, if the review is properly written, I think over it for a while, and if at all find anything useful I try to take it with me. Though I feel a little sad, I move on after once thought over it.

Q.11 Does your family support your career as a writer?
A. Yes. But my mother does so much.

Q.12 What do your fans mean to you?
A. I am comfortable in addressing them as readers or my book lovers than fans. I write for myself and publish it for book lovers who would love it. If they feel I write good stories, they will pick up.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A. 3/3: A trio-ship is the first one. I am currently working on second one, genre romantic and humor.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I need some more time to explore my own skill. It is too early for me now.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. Till now, I haven’t had any best. But I feel very confident in my life when I finished my first draft of 3/3 novel in 3 months and the final version in 3 more months.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. Not standing for what they promised being got highly paid by writers. This comment is not for all publishers.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. Actually, my friend edited it, but not all the chapters. I edited on my own. But one mistake I did is, I haven’t gone for proofreading.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Amartya Sen and Raghuram Rajan. They both are economists and my role models. They inspired me with their personalities. And Ram Gopal Varma, film director, from whom I learned certain aspects of writing.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Actually, I haven’t read it completely but I would say it is The Fountainhead by Ayan Rand. For outstanding writing.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. My journey has unexpected start. But I am happy now. I can’t say I have tried so much hard or did hard work in finishing the novel. I enjoyed thoroughly while writing. But meanwhile, I was attempting competitive exams for a job. 
The tough part in my life is balancing the both because they are two opposite ways. I have felt so many times emotionally low. But I keep up myself saying once I get a job it is done, and I will. And now I have a job to support myself and pursuing my passion - writing.

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