23 May, 2016

#Interview with Dhirendra Tiwari, #Author of Punk Sunk Love

About the Author:

The soccer field was just a swamp of dirt; the art class a stinky place with clay and colors; but not that ledge on the dizzying twenty-thousand feet fort wall of my boarding school, for it was where it all began. The innocent escapade into a thrilling adventure called writing. 
Somewhere in my adolescence I came back to senses that life isn’t just dreams and I set out to excel in school, finished my engineering from Mumbai and even managed to sneak in a Masters from US. But, clearly, it wasn’t enough. So, I spent next Twelve years working at the biggest financial firms in New York and now I work with a Big Four consulting firm. But, that’s not why I am telling you all this. The reason I am telling you who I am, is because in between succumbing to the tyranny of my adorable wife and playing with my five-year-old boy, I have managed to write my debut novel.

Social Media Links:
Website * Facebook * Twitter

Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I was 11 and I was in love. Of course, I didn’t even know what love meant, so I picked up the pen and started scribbling. Before I realized, I had finished almost 2 pages and then excitedly handed it over to the love of my life! She read it and said, it’s good but it has ten grammatical errors. Well, she was also my English teacher. 

What inspires you to write?
Everything in my life that is not routine - Frustration, anger, happiness, emotions, sadness, helplessness. It is my pill to rid me off the bad Segway in life and to treasure the good ones.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Part truth, part fiction, a hell of an imagination; all centered around a grave but unaddressed issue of self-harm.

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
This is my first full-length literary creation. I do have one script that I wrote for Anurag Kashyap many years ago.

Tell us about your writing process.
I travel a lot. That gives me an opportunity to interact with new people on a regular basis, also, when you are on a plane with no wi-fi, it’s like a perfect transit getaway to write. 
Regarding the process itself, I think I am a bit of a methodical man so I do follow a stringent process of storyboarding and then all the way through.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
There is this pivotal scene that I wrote, which I call the falling down moment of the book. It’s like Michael Douglas’s character in the movie “Falling Down”, where whatever that could go wrong, indeed does. It’s a complete fictionalized scene but it bores such a heavy parity to what each one of us, at least for once, have faced in our lives. What happens after this scene is something….well, read the book for that!

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I think it did. One of the character is a bit goofy like me, but some of his skills like the martial arts and stuff are diametrically opposite. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read a lot of thrillers by good ol’ authors like Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Agatha Christie to name a few; then I also read YA fantasy/dystopian stuff from Suzanne Collins; and a few random bestsellers like Gone Girl, Fifty shades, etc.
I like Dan Brown because he made third person omniscient style cool, even though for my next one I am going with First person PoV.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Keep on writing. Writing is the fuel for creativity and it’s not the other way round.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Discipline. Get in the discipline of writing regularly.

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I know that Sona would be best played by Shraddha Kapoor or Alia Bhatt. The male actors, I would think Siddharth Malhotra and Abhishek Bachchan.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Treasure map, Rum and a beautiful assistant.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
There are plenty of places. I like Orlando, it’s really fun especially the universal studios. I like the vibe of Miami and at times I just check in a hotel at Times square, it makes me and New York City become one.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I actually listen to women, I am ambidextrous and I follow god on twitter

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I am working on 2 manuscripts in progress and both are thrillers. One is a political thriller and the other one is a paranormal thriller.

About the Book:

Two men; two personalities; two slants of love; one destiny.
Roy’s tender heart is on a quest to find the holy grail of mankind – True love. But, the soft echo of feisty Monica’s whispering words - remember; remember; the sixth of September – will change everything, raining mayhem on him and everyone he touches.  
Shammi, a serial monogamist, thinks love is an urban myth – a ridiculous creation of the feeble hearts. As awe-inspiring beautiful Sona brisk through his life, the sublime aura of her love brews a raging battle within him - a battle between his objectivity and his heart.
Smothered by the haunting causality of love, Shammi’s life spirals down a path of retribution against his own demons, and, Roy’s life is sunk in a deluge of inexplicable state of affairs. Facing imminent danger, and running out of options, Roy suddenly finds himself cornered and isolated. Roy’s only glimmer of hope is by helping Shammi pull out of the dark tunnels of his inner demons; transforming his retribution into redemption; healing his agony with hope; and swapping his wretchedness with swagger - the swagger of love.

Buy Links:
Amazon * Infibeam

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