23 August, 2015

#Interview with Abhijit Haldar, #Author of The Outlander: Rise and Fall of an Empire

About the Author:
Born  in  the  beautiful  and  scenic  state  of  Assam,  he started  writing  almost  at  the  age  of  8,  with  poems  and short  stories,  and  this  passion  burgeoned  when  he  went on  to  write  novels.  With  two  unpublished  novels,  he  has since  then  written  a  number  of  short  stories,  poems, articles  et  cetera  which  are  often  published  in  various magazines and websites.   When  he  doesn’t  feels  to  pen  down  words,  he  goes  out for  photography  into  the  fascinating  world  of  nature. Other  than  that,  he  likes  listening  music  and  watching movies  a  lot,  and  says  that  the  former  sometimes  work out as inspiration for his poems.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
Actually I started writing at the age of 8. And that was quite small and back then I used to write poems. But then I tried my hands on short stories and people liked them. Then I realized that I should write a book with one of the plots in my head. So I started doing that. And till now, I have written two more books, which are unpublished and I think they were quite juvenile too...

What inspires you to write?
Everything around me inspires me to write. The world around is always telling you a story. See it, listen it and think it... I like photography and when I go out to do that, I am always contact with nature. So there's no shortage of inspiration.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Like I said, I have written two more novels; I changed the second one's draft into a completely new one that went to become my third novel. There is a quite interesting story behind that. Well I stay at Morigaon and study at Indus Academy which is in Jagiroad. It is an almost forty minutes commute to there. And the scene is really beautiful at some parts and I had plenty of time to think. Once while I was looking at some mountains, a thought came to me: Why don't I create a world and write a full-fledged Epic Fantasy novel? And then from that day, I started to work on a new, but with some elements from the former.

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
I wrote two more novels but sadly they are manuscripts only. I reached some publishers for them, but who would like to publish something quite juvenile? I guess they will see the light someday later.

Tell us about your writing process.
Well it was really tough for me to juggle between studies and the book. I had to keep the balance. And sometimes, one would just slip off. It took me three years into the writing and finding a publisher.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favourite scene is when Hercaless (king of Dorin) puts his helmet on the ground and stabs it with his sword and the Gods join hands together with him and sing the Dorish song... That is really a quite emotional scene for me. And my favourite.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I think the protagonist, Roin inherits some quirks of mine. I was quite an introvert earlier and didn't liked to take risk. He is also skeptical at times... And he doesn't likes to give up. Not to boast but, I am same too.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don't really know. But I think I like to experiment by mixing gothic with modern. Likewise it also happens in my poems. 
Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read a lot. But can't call myself a voracious reader as I don't get the time due to my studies. 
 My favourite authors are John Case, John Green, Lee Child, J R R Tolkien, Mark Lawrence, Paulo Coelho, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, R K Narayan, Charles Dickens and many more... They all have influenced my writing style; if it also a bit. I think you will find their influences in my writing.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
There are three best pieces of advice I would like to share. First is of a quote from the movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. "History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle, but forgets the blood. Whatever history remembers me, if it remembers anything at all, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth. For whatever else I am, a husband, a lawyer... a president... I shall always think of myself first and foremost... as a hunter." It really inspired me while I was writing the book. 

Second is from The Hobbit: "If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together."

And lastly, by John Green from TFIOS: "My thoughts are stars cannot fathom into constellations."

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
I always say one thing. It doesn't matters how you write. The only thing that gives a damn is that keep writing. You will always improve. And you always have a story to tell. Just don't give up.

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
Umm... It would be from Liam Hemsworth, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Dwayne Johnson.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Food, clothes, books and yeah...my smartphone if that only works.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
At the moment, I don't have any. But I really have a dream to go on a world tour!

What do you have in store next for your readers?
The Outlander: Rise and Fall of an Empire is the first book from The God Trilogy. So the second and third are still to go. The second will reveal some big secrets and will have more action and much science. That's for sure.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Hope you really like it. Also if possible, if you can gain something. And please give your feedback! I will always be blessed. Hope you have the faith on me...

About the Book:
"I am from a war. I will either end in one, or live it to fight another. It, keeps me going."

17 years after the Battle of Dert, a war had been waged by Wale over Dorin. The vengeance of Dercallume threatens the whole kingdom as he orders for a dragon-fire. The perished hopes of the outnumbered men of Dorin are revived when Roin Avon comes to the war with an oblivious sword, the Stalwart. Thought to be forged with a soul by alchemy, it is the mightiest weapon in the whole of Darthé that helps them to evade the war and run into exile. They head to the Frozen Kingdom for the Frozen Games, which if won, would let them the strongest weapon of the kingdom.

"Who am I? I am an Outlander. This is not what I should be."

Supposed to be the last Outlander of the Outlandish race who are people with half souls, Roin’s existence will prove threat to the rule. And with the unfulfilled vengeance of the mad-man, evil forces are allying and preparing for a war somewhere in the West. 
Roin must confront the truth and find answers to his questions, and lead the comradeship of his fellowmen to the other kingdoms, while the darker minds are prevailing and aiming for a crown much craved for.