Author Article: Rahul Sharma

Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well.  This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.

Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspcae, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.

Author: Thanks for this opportunity to communicate through criticspace to a wider audience and potential readers of my work. By education, I am a Chartered Management Accountant, Associate member of the esteemed CIMA, London. I am a commerce graduate and I have studied management during my post-graduation. I have worked in the capacity of Accountant and Officer in a few MNCs in Delhi NCR and in USA. I called off being an accountant in 2015 after I found myself bored to death inside those air conditioned cubicles with my confirming clothes and a meaningless rut. After That I started my own business in 2017 along with my wife Pooja and it was at that time only when I began writing. I am 36 years of age and I have a 2.5 years old daughter and currently I am putting up in my hometown Panipat. I see myself as a seeker, an incomplete entity, a possibility and my subjects of interest are; Psychology, occult sciences, philosophy and religion. My manuscript was rejected by four literary agents and three publication houses before getting accepted by Book Bakers for representation. Mr. Mathur explained to me the whole process nicely and eloquently in the beginning itself and guided me through the initial editing and the submission process. It was he who first of all showed confidence in the book and told me that it would certainly get published. I am in the middle of my second work and hope to finish it by July 2019.

Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?

Author: I was always a deep thinker but I was not sure what to do with so much thought material. As far as I could remember, I was always creating one story or the other in my mentation and I had listeners too. I can visualise vividly how during my school days when as part of the punishment, a handful of my classmates along with me were asked to stand outside the classroom and I would bake stories on the spot and how they all loved it and laughed innocently at my way of narrating them. I had a love for comic books too and loved many Indian characters and I invented one character of my own called “Chutku Lal” and many of my verbal stories were around this hilarious character famous then in my circle of friends. I did not use a pen and notebook to create those stories for I liked them to happen in serendipity, I could cook them on the spot and that gave me a true high which I still miss. So, I moved from comics to novels to spiritual texts, philosophy, yoga and god knows anything which satiated my words voracity. When getting all those educational certificates and paraphernalia along with decent jobs didn’t satisfy me and I didn’t feel motivated and happy in what I was doing, I began to ponder and observe myself and it took me several years but I found out that I want to do two thing in my life at any cost, one was to learn and practise Hatha Yoga and the other was to write and get published. My dream was reinforced by the literary agency; the book Bakers and its founder, Mr. Suhail Mathur. I have been able to complete both the items on my bucket list and adding more to the list!

Writing was fun and didn’t present any particular pain to me but getting  published was really a tough job and required a lot of patience and hope. There was always an element of doubt and fear was but natural. The internet is full of information of all kind and like the world itself, the internet is also full of deleterious inputs from depressed, spiteful and actually duped and hurt people, so it was very easy to feel at once down and depressed. There were information about publishing scams and the long tiresome process in getting published and the resultant nothingness extracted out from the book. All this was enough for a budding writer to call this quest of getting a publisher and reaching out to the target readers off. But, I decided after the initial perturbation of my will that I shall pursue this dream of mine and should only look at the shinier, brighter side of things. And slowly from there I begin to see light.

Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?

Author: Improvised Cages is a very special book, it’s a daring act, it’s mind wrenching, soul dissolving material.My book details repression, religious, social and otherwise. I have used two timelines to showcase the effects on teenagers. To make the book more valid, I have used two different geographies, religion in addition to different timelines. The book my appear dark, sometimes vulgar and disturbing but I believe the reader shall see his/her own emotions reflected back to them while they are inside the book’s plot, so the experience would be personal in every case. It is a different book away from the hordes of mythological fiction, love stories and autobiographies which have been time tested for their competitiveness and are easily available in market at the drop of a hat. This book is mind boggling and would provide various from of thought provocation and shocks to the readers and not just cheap entertainment based on drug induced imagination. This book is for everyone and not just cater to a particular segment of the population, however, I believe the minimum age for taking this book to read is 15.

Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.

Author: It is always during the first few attempts when one gets frustrated, demoralised and give up. I advise that braving those first few moments of failure and disappointments make you a winner. Believe in yourself and trust that only you can create your destiny and nothing is decided beforehand either by god or by your stars.

Don’t follow anyone and just be yourself. I have observed that when one idea gets accepted, many new authors try to replicate it and try to make something similar. Like, when Harry Potter was a huge success, many writers started writing books about magic school and wizards. We can certainly see a phenomenon with Indian writers currently that there is huge input of mythology fiction in the market due to previous success of this theme and many writers are writing just to make the book more marketable and presentable and I suppose not many are fulfilling their inner calling and are merely churning out words mechanically.

I believe an author doesn’t write keeping in mind the trends of the market but an author writes to fulfil his heart’s longing for concealed, unintelligible emotions being materialised in to words and that work may then become a trend!

Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.

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