Sunday 31 January 2016

Author’s Interview- Sumit G Sehgal author of 'My Chameleon Soul'

From this month onwards I'll be publishing 'Author’s Interview' from Indian Literary World, so this month my feature author is...

 ‘Sumit G Sehgal author of My Chameleon Soul’

Sumit G Sehgal is an international wordsmith with a literary experience spanning eleven years with twenty-nine e-books in tow. This aspiring literary wizard took it upon himself to spend his entire quality time helping other people create literary masterpieces. This beautiful vision of his has helped many literary aspirants realize their dreams and his never-ending efforts are sure to bring to light a new era of authors and poets.

A multi-talented person, Sumit’s varied experience in the project design and management and strategic development lead him to meet many different people and face myriad circumstances, some good and some with takeaways for life, which have sourced his creative endeavors and inspired him to write.

To add to his long list of credentials, he has been an extremely successful ghostwriter and currently heads Butterfly & The Bee …your literary angles, an erudite hub for India’s literati. Having been involved in theatre work, he also has expertise in different writing styles and poetry with a twist.

Sumit has been nominated for Rex Global Fellowship and Karamveer Chakra Award 2016 for his contribution to the Indian Literary World.

Questioniare with Sumit G Sehgal

How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

“When you read a book, be it a fiction or a non-fiction make sure to keep in your mind that you are not reading your school book. Reading these kinds of books should be able to release stress from your body. When you start reading it, automatically you will get transported to another world. A world created by the author. When you finally finish reading it, you will realize that you just experienced living someone else’s life.” These words still comes back alive as if she’s sitting right in front of me and telling me the difference between a school book and a story book. Yes, of course I’m an imaginative person.

My grandmother was an avid reader. I had this opportunity of listening to thousands of stories sitting on her lap and drinking either my morning or evening milk. I got into the routine of reading ‘Champak’ and ‘Chanda-Mama’ all because of her. We would discuss those short stories and dream about the life of our favourite characters together. This is how I got into the habit of reading books. A decade later, I became fan of ‘The Secret Seven’, ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Nancy Drew’. Till 9th standard reading such books was done mostly at night-time because they had become my stress buster after long hours of my study schedules. I improvised on my English language. Dictionary became my best friend.

After many twists and turns that kept happening in my life, I never left reading and evidently I became a bookworm and two decades later, a writer by profession. So far I have lived thousands of lives, acted many of my favourite characters either for fun or not to face the music for causing any nuisance I did. It has been a great experience.

Be it romance, crime fiction, thriller, fantasy fiction, creative non-fiction, short stories, novella, poetry, contemporary, a coming-of-age novel… I have read most of them. Within the circle of other avid reader friends, I got into the habit of scrutinizing the books too. Talking about empathy, colour writing, theme, plot and discussing other various aspects have been a new and an immense pleasurable experience.

What do you find most challenging about your writing?

It’s the colour writing I find most challenging. I hate detailing’s and at times it becomes quite challenge coz the pace gets affected.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I read. I read a lot actually.

Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

6 months down the road, promoting my book in other cities. 5 years down the road, a successful man in our Indian Literary World. A lot had been planned and things are in process.

How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?

The real life interesting incidents or an interesting conversation with someone which at times triggers an idea. My mind is full of notions and a lot needs to be penned down.

Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?

Don’t think about money. Don’t think about what others will say. A lot of patience is required. It is very important to have a lot of patience. Hire an agent. Find someone who has an expertise in promotions and marketing of the book apart from what all, the publisher will be doing for you. The actual work starts after the release of the book.

What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

Entertainment. Positivity. A new beginning …depends on the genre.

A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

Writing for money, the best way is by becoming a freelance writer. If you explore this field, there are many online portals and companies that hire freelance writers to either write eBooks or articles. This will also enhance your writing skills, as there are varieties of topics to choose from. Expectations in regards to what can be made depend upon how many words a person can write in a day.

What motivates you most in life?

Positivity. Music. A good read.

What is the story behind the name of your book?

The story has been in my mind for almost six years. I wrote the entire manuscript and then deleted it. I was in the twilight of my existence, and in that point in time, I only experienced insecurities, uncertainties, and hesitations in my life.

One fine day, I was watching videos on YouTube and came across a song by Lana Del Rey titled Ride. I was simply awestruck by it. The video started with her voice in the background, narrating the lines that I could actually relate to. It goes like this: My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.