30 June, 2014

#Interview with Vikrant Khanna, #Author of Love Lasts Forever

A sailor by profession and a writer by passion, Vikrant has penned two novels before this.
He lives in Delhi with his family. You can get in touch with him at
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How did your life as a writer begin?
Being a sailor, I have all the time in the world, both literally and metaphorically. Once during a long voyage crossing the Pacific, I thought of giving a shot at writing, since I have always admired the art of good storytelling. The first draft of my first book was completed in that one month voyage. That’s the amount of time we have on the ship.

What makes you feel inspired to write?
A great story in my head. These ideas keeping coming to me from time to time as perhaps I’m an obsessive thinker.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you outline, or are you more of a seat of your pants type of a writer?
Before even beginning to write I like to know the story from beginning to end. For me a good, sound plot is very important. Then I think about the characters. Again I like to be very thorough about my characters. I have a rough questionnaire that I fill about my main characters before beginning the book. Then I take a plunge into the story. After that I do nothing, the characters drive the story themselves.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
There is a scene in the book inspired by true events. The Somalian pirates are torturing the crew members. In this particular scene a pirate smashes the jaw and breaks the teeth of a crewmember and then sets another one ablaze to demonstrate to the ship Captain what they can do if they don’t get their ransom. Now, this is my favourite scene because it was narrated to me in my maritime college by someone who had actually experienced something similar happen on his hijacked ship. When the same person read my book, he was completely enamoured by the way I’d described that and said he actually felt goose bumps because he relived the scene.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
My most interesting writing quirk is that when I write a scene sometimes my characters look back at me and say, “Hey Mr. Author, I’m not that stupid. I’ll never do that. Kindly change this scene.”

What is your usual writing routine?
One writing shift anytime in the day for a couple of hours.

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Agatha Christie for her sheer brilliance in writing extraordinary stories in the most ordinary way.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
My advice would be to not get into this field if you do not completely love writing and if you cannot dedicate 3-4 hours every day to reading and writing.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
My next book would be something not done by many Indian authors these days. I’m writing a YA paranormal romance.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I’d like to tell my readers I love a great story and I promise you’ll get one in every book of mine. I always look forward to stimulate all your senses while reading my books.

So you think your love can last forever…?
Get married!
Eighteen-year-old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he
meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate, and come what may, his love for her will last forever.

Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake!
A week later, he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a devil.
But his perception about love and life change when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia.
As they are left fighting for their lives; they confront if love truly can last
forever…? Or does it get too late?

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