26 October, 2017

#Interview with Subhashish Dey, #Author of Fate's Design

About the Author:
Subhashish is a 14 year old student of Chinmaya Vidyalaya Anna Nagar. He has been regularly contributing short stories to his school magazine. An avid reader, Subhashish believes that books open the doors to some wonderful insights in life. An inquisitive boy, Subhashish loves to explore different places and spends time trying to understand the culture of the people there. 
Subhashish lives in Chennai along with his parents and grandmother. This is his first attempt at writing a novel. Subhashish is passionate about music and loves singing and playing his piano. Incidentally, music forms the backbone of the story of his novel. 

An Interview:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I only realized that I wanted to be a writer when I started working on my first manuscript. It was a strangely liberating experience to put all my thoughts into a piece of paper, and as I watched it taking shape, I just knew all of a sudden that I would never stop writing.

What inspires you to write?
Two things inspire me to write. One, all of the dramatic things I see happening to people around me, and two, the songs I listen to all the time. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I had heard of a girl being bullied and couldn’t get it out of my mind. I went to sleep thinking about it, and woke up with a story in my mind of a girl who got bullied, whose mother just happened to be a popstar. 

Tell us about your writing process.
I just knew where my story would start, and where it would end, but I never had the whole thing planned. I just went along with the flow as I was conjuring chapter after chapter, and maybe that is why I was satisfied only after five drafts. After every draft, I made some major changes to the plot itself. It was a tedious and time consuming process, and I will definitely spend more time finalizing my ideas hereafter.  

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is Felix’s birthday scene. There is a dance performance, during which the blue flowers arranged on the roof start to glow and shed their petals. The scene has a magical aura to itself, and I really liked writing it. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
Yes, I love reading books. One of my favourite authors is George R.R. Martin, and through his books he has portrayed that the people we consider to be “evil” may not really be truly black. He has taught me that everyone falls into a grey area in the good or bad spectrum, and that it is possible to create empathy for supposedly antagonistic roles. One of my characters in the book also exhibits similar traits. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
There were a few times when I lost patience with the book and wanted to give up. My father would then talk to me, and encourage me to go on. He has been instrumental in instilling patience in me. Apart from this, my father also did the proofreading for the novel, and he pointed out that certain parts of the novel had to be tightened up. This brought about a more gripping rendition of the story. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Plan what you want to write, to the tiniest detail, and only then jump into the actual writing part. I find patience to be a very important factor too, as writing a book definitely is a tremendously laborious process. 

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
My laptop, my phone, and lots of cheese.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I spend my free time writing, reading books, playing my piano, and painting. My favorite place to go to is in my “right-brain”, doing creative things helps me unwind.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I will write Fate’s Design’s sequel over the course of the next two years. 

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I have a fascination with modern pop music, and I’m a Swiftie.
- I am a grade eight piano player. 
- I am the youngest person in my class. Everyone is at least a year older than me. That’s because I started school earlier than most kids. 

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I am currently planning a sequel to Fate’s Design, and after that I am going to write a post-apocalyptic fantasy book. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I am fourteen years old and this is my first attempt at writing a novel. I have tried writing short stories before, but not a novel. I feel that I have given it my best effort and that people will find themselves emotionally invested in the novel. I would really love it if the people who read my book give me their honest feedback. That would help me grow as a writer.

About the Book:

When a kidnapper redeems his lost conscience and finds himself unable to murder the girl he has kidnapped, what does he do? Fate is cruel to him, and good intentions are never enough. 
At the same time, a woman dissatisfied with her existence flees from her home, not knowing what lies ahead of her. But all things come at a price, and she has a hard path ahead through storms and fire.   
Watch how fate has entwined these lives together, into a song through struggles of conscience and identity, through the deepest lows and greatest highs, and through the flame of madness and the stings of survival.     

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