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 Criticspace, 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: I live in Chennai in a joint family with my wife, son, father, my in-laws and nephew. I work in Cognizant technology solutions leading a global practice. I am an avid reader and a big sports fan. Outside of my work, you will see me with a book in hand or watching a cricket match or a combination of such.
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: Like I said before, I am an avid reader of books on eclectic topics. I have also been an avid blogger, writer and columnist on Cricket. So, I had it in the back of my mind to write something about my special relationship with the game. It was essentially while I was reading a Sherlock Holmes book that it struck me that I can be like Watson, writing and chronicling about my favourite sport. That is how I started to write this book based on Cricket. Even as a kid I did have the inclination to write. I wrote a short story inspired by The Hardy Boys. However, I did not pursue it seriously until much later.
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: Life in the sunshine is a light hearted popular fiction novel. The book traces the life of three young boys and their special relationship with the sport of Cricket. They grow up aspiring to make a life in Cricket. How did their aspirations turn out and how did the sport help them in their growing up process is the story. Through this fictional story, I wanted to convey that Cricket is more than just a physical activity. It plays a big role in educating young followers about what it takes to succeed in life.
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: Reading and writing are two skills that feed into each other in a continuous loop. If you want to write, you have to read a lot and wide. Reading the works of the great masters like PG Wodehouse, RK Narayan et al will teach great lessons for aspiring writers. Apart from these preparations, the writer should let go of any shyness and ‘put pen to paper’ as it were. We have lost many good writers to this shyness or lack of confidence.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.