07 November, 2015

#Interview with Aman Chougle, #Author of The Last Soul Children

About the Author:

Aman Chougle is a poet and writer from Thane, Maharashtra, India. He also enjoys making short films and dabbling into music from time to time. Currently, he’s working on his first collection of poems, a self-exploratory endeavor to realise the best for himself and for the ones close to him.

Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I actually always wanted to be a musician (still do), but with writing I think it chose me rather than me wanting to do it. My vacations were going on, and I’d spend the whole day listening to music, reading novels and watching old movies. One day, during that period, I wrote a movie script about me and my girlfriend (now ex) who had just broken up with me. I guess my writing that script was my way of dealing with it, and since then, I just never stopped. I’ve realised that my writing is a way of making myself more conscious about myself and the people and things I see around me, and so hopefully I’ll never stop writing.

What inspires you to write?
Life, people, nature, just about everything around me: the good and the bad. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I was teaching myself to write, and I wanted to write short-stories when I first started. But I only realized I could write after I had written two movie scripts in a very short span of time. After that though I hit a writer’s block for a couple of months, and one day I realized I could just write about the people I knew. At that point in time it was only an exercise, which over the years has evolved into a book (I wrote this book in 2012). For me, it was the right time to write this book, because I knew I would never get to live my school and college days again. And when I realized the process was helping me, I just never stopped.

Tell us about your writing process.
There isn’t really any process, if I get an idea, or the first sentence about something I want to write about, it usually starts from there. If I’m in the “zone” I can write twenty pages without stopping, but if I’m not I end up staring at the same sentence for hours, sometimes.   

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I do. I’ve been an art-nerd since the age of 13, so it would be difficult for me to state just a few names as influences when it comes to my writing style. But I like writers who are honest, and those who focus on substance rather than form.  George Orwell, D.H. Lawrence, Franz Kafka, Jean Rhys are few of the names that come to mind. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
“Stick to it, and make yourself as genuine as possible.”

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
I don’t think I’ve reached that level where I can give advice to authors, but in my experience wanting to be a writer, painter or musician has more to do with endurance than talent. Talent can always be cultivated, but how tough you’re, you’ll only get to know when you face adversity.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Few books, an I-pod, and some nice swimming trunks!

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I mostly hang-out with my friends, you know, the usual. My hometown (Thane, Maharashtra) has a lot of lakes where you can go hang-out with your friends and eat the local junk-food. I’m not really a mall person, so these are type of places I usually go to.    

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I like to roam around late nights. I can eat anything; it just has to taste good, or even okay for that matter. And I’m probably the most hassle-free friend you’ll ever have (not true).       

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m currently working on a collection of poems that I’m editing. Also, I’m planning to write the first draft of a novel sometime next year, preferably during spring.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I just hope they don’t find this interview boring. 

About the Book:

The Last Soul Children is a look back at the childhood and youth of the author through the people surrounding him during his formative years; realising himself as much as he traces his memories through them.

Whether it be your first infatuation or the realisation that you are not a kid anymore; the stories here are a quintessential blueprint of deliverance from innocence for many of us who grew up like anybody else, muzzled from one institute to another: school, college, and finally into the mouths of big business. Forever repressed, forever the victims of false ideals.

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