Sunday 3 May 2020

Questionnaire with Abbyshek Chandra

So this month's featured author is 'Abbyshek Chandra'

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

I am an author, a serial entrepreneur and an educationist. I hold a B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee and an MBA from ISB Hyderabad. Before starting my entrepreneurial journey with Eduwiser, I worked as a Management Consultant in Dubai. Featured in India Today as the education sector’s “One-man army”, I have founded four educational ventures and authored seven bestselling educational textbooks in Mathematics, Physics and Biology that are recommended by CBSE schools across the country. 
Love You Forever is my debut novel. Forbidden Love is my second.

The questionnaire with Abbyshek Chandra

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

I had written a couple of blogs during my MBA and my girlfriend (now wife) had read them and asked me to write a novel someday because she thought my words had some kind of the magic that got the readers involved and connected. So, I wrote the novels when I had the time.

For the educational textbooks, I am an educationist at heart and I know I express and explain well. It was only obvious to write such books.

Imaginative? Yes, very imaginative. I still remember day-dreaming in my Nursery about perverts troubling my class-teacher and me saving her from them.  

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

Getting into the shoes of the characters and then coming out of it.

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

Busy with my office work, family, fans, cooking or watching movies on Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hotstar.

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

As an author, I want to be ready with the first draft of my next novel in the next 6 months. 5 years down the road, want to be known as the People’s Author with 2 more novels and as many educational textbooks to my name.

As an educationist, I want to have improved the lives of at least 20,000 students in the next 6 months and over a million students in the next 5 years.

As a serial entrepreneur, I would want to realize awesome ROIs for the companies I have in the next 6 months. 5 years down the road, I will probably free myself from all the companies I have set up.

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

My imagination in conjunction with my experiences and understanding of human behaviour.

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

Be practical and patient

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

I guess, ATTENTION apart from engaging books. I try to!

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?

Don’t get into writing with the aim of earning money. Just focus on good work and money will start flowing in with time.

Coming to the expectations of money, if your book is genuinely good, you will typically make enough money to buy some clothes and shoes in the first year. Mark my words, you won’t get enough to run your house. The money will gradually increase with time, so the initial time is very, very difficult. Be prepared for it.

9.       What motivates you most in life?

The inner Abby. If you have read my novel – “Love You Forever” that is based on my life, you know who the inner Abby is and how he motivates me. People have been falling for him!
10.   What is the story behind the name of your book?

The core the concept behind the novel is true love and for me, true love lasts forever. One might get angry with the other in a relationship but if the love is genuine, it lasts forever. In the novel, no matter what happens in his life, the protagonist always lives by the phrase - love you forever, hence the title.

11.   What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

Unless there are strict laws in place, people will not shy away from doing it. Taking away someone’s years of hard work is not done and it should be the responsibility of every individual to not commit such a crime. Please don’t do it or support any of your friends in doing it. Report such cases!