Sunday 8 September 2019

Questionnaire with Ashish Sawhney

So this month featuring authAuthor’s Interview

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies!!

Hi, this is Ashish. Born in Feb and brought up in Meerut. After completing MBA, I started my first job with Panacea Biotech ltd and since then had worked with companies like Idea, Reliance, Vodafone, Tata teleservices. I love doing the workout in the gym, reading books, travelling to new places, interacting with people and studying human behaviour.

Questionnaire with Ashish Sawhney

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

I have started reading novels since my childhood days. My father inculcated the reading habit in me. Reading leads to writing. I started writing my first short original story when I was in class 5th. Since then have been writing stories and articles. But the courage to write a novel took place only a few years back. Imagination and studying human behaviour are my likings.

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

I have so far written romantic stories and novels. Now, I would like to write a thriller or murder mystery. It will be going to be challenging as creating an atmosphere where the reader is to bound to turn the page. Well, I am taking it as a challenge to write a thriller.

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

Writing is my hobby and as if now not doing it full time. I have been a hardcore professional in customer service. So I am going to the office like others when not writing and yes I go to the gym everyday and to ease out from the everyday stress.

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

In the next 6 months, I would like to finish my first thriller and my third novel in romance genre..5 years down the line I would like to establish me as a full-time writer.

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

From everyday life, small incidents, observing people and knowing their stories..well, inspiration to write is all around..just need to strike the right cord and turn that into an unputdownable story

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

Writing is comparatively easy to get it published. Even publishing is easier but doing the marketing of it and hitting the right audiences is challenging. The more effective the marketing of book more are the chances of success.

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

The writer has the responsibility either to give good entertainment to its readers or when not entertaining than a message to ponder. A writer has to give something to the society be it smiles, laughter or a solid message.

8.     A lot of people are interested in writing for 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?

Yes, it can be money turning hobby. Nowadays web series are in demand, thanks to Netflix, Amazon Prime, hot star..writers are in demand for writing web series. If one has got a chance of getting one hit book in his /her name bright chances of him/her to write for big production houses. So, many books are nowadays are turning into films/ series. The avenues are far more as compared to the earlier days of traditional writing.

9.     What motivates you most in life?

All good books, movies which have shown how a constant struggle towards chasing dream make a person successful. Movies like Rocky – all parts have shown the struggle of a man who against all odds make his niche.

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

To me, religion is keeping myself fit..keeping my thoughts fit and healthy.

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

The story is about a man who finds himself stuck between the two crossroads. There are temptations all around, this story tells how a person gets involved in an extramarital affair and the tumultuous changes that brought to his easy-going smooth happy life.

12.   What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

Plagiarism is not new, it had been existing since the Victorian era. No writer can go very far if the ideas are not original or there is some newness in it. Even a simple love story can be told in thousand of interesting ways. Taking inspiration from anyone’s life or incident is not plagiarism if one can tell the story in his own original way. Plagiarism to me is an equivalent to sin. There is no art or fun in copying the ideas.