Saturday 2 July 2016

Author’s Interview: Questionnaire with Kulpreet Yadav

So, for this month  featuring  author from Indian Literary World  is Kulpreet Yadav writer of  The Girl Who Loved a Pirate

Bio: Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, startup mentor, and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, South Asia's leading online literature and culture magazine of literature and culture of South Asia. After working as an armed forces officer for two decades, I left my job in 2014 to pursue my passion of writing.

Kulpreet’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about Creative Writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad including Singapore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, Bangkok, Gurgaon, Pune, Panchkula, Lucknow etc. An ex-armed forces officer, he lives in New Delhi. More at

Questionnaire with Kulpreet Yadav

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

I wrote my first novel in 2006 and have been writing ever since. Reading books all my life helped me to look at the world with the curiosity of a writer. Also, as an armed forces officer I travelled far and wide, meeting different people and getting introduced to their ways of life, to the uniqueness of their conflicts etc.

2.     What do you find most challenging about your writing?

You need to find the right voice, one that is original, and has the depth and intensity about life that the readers find distinctive and relatable at the same time. 

3.     What do you do when you are not writing?

I like to go for long walks. When at home, I cook occasionally, and, of course, I love reading all the time.   

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

I have got a new book lined up for release in July titled “The Girl Who Loved a Spy”. I’m excited about this and we are busy at the moment with the right marketing strategy for the book. Five years down the line, I hope to be known as a writer people enjoy reading the most not just in India, but all over the world.

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

By observing people. By reading newspapers. Or by, sometimes, just closing my eyes. Every story begins with an idea of someone caught in a unique conflict. I never write these ideas down, but when I find a particular one lurking in the corner of my brain for far too long, I get that on the paper and work on expanding it. Every such idea doesn’t become a novel, though. Sometimes, I have to abandon it altogether or leave it as a short story.

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

Read as much as you can.

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

Introduce the reader to people he is not likely to meet, take him to places he is not likely to go, and show him conflicts and problems that dwarfs his own.

8.     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?

It’s hard to earn a living from writing. But it is not impossible. If anyone believes he can write well enough, he should write. Money always follows if you are true to your passion.

9.     What motivates you most in life?

The fact that I believe I can be the best if I work hard and honestly enough. Where you will end in your life begins and ends with you.

10.                        The majority of the readers tend to take sides due religion and such other considerations.

Not just for my writing, as a person, I consider myself apolitical and without any biases. 

11.                        What is the story behind the name of your book?

It’s exactly what it means. But to elaborate: this is the story of a girl who loves the bad guy (the pirate) but knows that the good guy (the spy) loves her too, but can do nothing about it.

12.                        What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

We should do more to raise awareness of its negative impact on the publishing world and lobby for more stringent laws.