Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author Interview with Rakesh Ranjan

Rakesh Ranjan author of Requiem stops by the blog today with an interview and giveaway.



Can you tell us about your book?

Requiem is a love story, though an unconventional one. You won't realize that until you're finished with the first part. The first part, ‘Death’ is about the afterlife experiences of a dead man. The second one, ‘Love’ is a love story, with some usual and some unusual stuff. The third and last part, ‘Life’ provides the true picture of whatever happened earlier and connects the two parts. It is the real story and has an element of surprise. I believe the story is very touching and I will feel sad if some tears don't come to a reader’s eyes.

What led you to write this book?

I had the story in mind for a very long time. I needed a start and luckily it came one day when I decided I needed to write what I had visualized. Once I had started, I knew I had to finish it. I had some doubts along the way but I’m good at completing work. My writing skills were always good and when I had the range of vocabulary and an amazing story, I had to do this.

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

If Amy were to speak, she would say how much she loves me and misses me. If I say more, the mystery of the novel will be revealed. But Amy is wonderful and whatever she says would be the most precious words for me.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

I think I may soon start with my new book. But that’s a different concept. At this stage, I want to experiment with genres and not restrict myself to one. That will help expand my horizon and make the process more exciting and enjoyable for me.

I find it interesting to know what environment people write in. Do they use a pen and paper, laptop? Quiet room, music or what? Dog at their feet? Cat on the desk? Just whatever makes it comfortable to be productive.

Thoughts and ideas come everywhere, when I might be doing something or even talking to someone. I would know I would like to write this. At the time of writing though, I prefer to keep alone and often lose myself in my work. In order to concentrate, I would sometimes have some beer. I write on my laptop and I prefer a quiet room or mild music. Being comfortable is very important to doing well.

How does your writing process look? Consistent with regular amounts of word counts daily/weekly… or more sporadic with a gush of words all at once and then a dry bed for a while?

I wanted to finish it in a period of time but I never went by the number of words daily or weekly. For me, it was more like getting out my thoughts and so when I felt like writing, I would write at a stretch. There were times when I had not slept well for a few days but would make arrangements to keep myself awake for another day so that I could continue to write. I would then rest for a few days and restart when I had the material in mind.

What book would you like to read again?

I loved the Fountainhead and would love to read it again.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I am now reading the Bhagavad Gita on my Android phone. It’s a spiritual work, an amazing one. The concepts of Karma (duty) probably came from here.

Are there any Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?

The success of E. L. James of Fifty Shades is amazing. The reasons behind this astounding success are interesting. Although I haven’t read the books, they must be very good to capture the gaze of the world.

Who designed the cover of your book?

A lot of people worked on it but the major contribution was from a friend of mine, who I believe has done a good work.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad.

Good and bad reviews are part of the game. If you believe that your work is good, you should expect good reviews. But if the work is sub-quality, people will raise that. I believe one is free to put up a bad review but the author’s work should be respected and the attack should not get personal. Personally, I don’t mind a bad review. I will feel good that people are reading my book. A bad review is better than no reviews because that means no one is reading the book. The author should learn from that. No one is perfect but everyone can improve.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

My book is based on my experiences. Even the paranormal part is based on something I saw and felt. That, I think, made things better even when difficult to fathom. But I would not want everyone to know this fact. Maybe you can keep this secret :)

Rakesh Ranjan is an MBA student at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, one of India’s best management institutes. He is now spending a term at Edhec Business School, Nice, France. He is an engineer and has worked for two and a half years in Tata Consultancy Services, Kolkata. He has stayed in different parts of India and travelled to places in Asia and Europe. He loves travelling and experiencing cultures. His experiences have helped him write. He is a keen observer of human behaviour. His interests are varied and he tries to find meanings in ordinary things. Surprisingly, he is a finance enthusiast and a writer at the same time. He has wanted to write for a long time. The idea of writing a novel came to him in the first year of engineering. And he decided to do it now, after almost eight years. His poem, "My Love, My Life", was very popular in college. He has blogged a bit before and has also written some articles.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRakeshRanjan
Author page: http://www.goodreads.com/RakeshRanjan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hamesha4u
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rakesh-Ranjan/e/B00A7WVM08
Email: requiemthebook@gmail.com

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