Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Newbie Corner: Ashutosh Bhandari

Today on Newbie Corner we have blogger and author Ashutosh Bhandari, whose first book talks about aliens!

Welcome to Newbie Corner Ashutosh!

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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you begin writing?

I'm a Chennai-based guy with a round routine of College - Home, 5 days a week. Whatever my résumé says I'm not 'active' or 'focused person' but I eat and sleep every chance I get.
Writing began as an activity out of interest after my schooling seeing that I had a certain pull towards literature. And after getting a few good feedbacks I decided to do it on a regular basis.

What is your favorite genre in writing?

 Fairies, Gnomes, Elves in childhood and Wizards, Aliens, Centaurs and Orcs in my schooling days made it evident that Fantasy and Science Fiction was my thing. Non-humans, speaking strange languages and living in weird places was something that made fantasy a lot more interesting and real than reality.

Who inspires you most and to whom would you dedicate your creative growth?

Those people I read and hear about every week on social media, the people who write great books at the same age I try to come out of my '5 pointer' status in my college are the people who prevent me from procrastinating. They are my inspiration!
In the initial steps I would dedicate my creative growth to every person who gave honest feedbacks, criticism and suggestions about my writing. But for the big leap I would thank my friends from my team 'By Lines' for their immense support and help in my way to become an author.

What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire novel/story or make it up as you write.

Not sure, 'Unpredictable' might be the word because I remember surprising myself at times. 
The only published story, "The Awakening" was a pre-planned one, but for my next project I have only made up the opening and will be going with the flow. I might end up surprising myself again.

Do you have a favorite place to write or a scheduled time to write every day?

Unlike many people who can write anytime and anywhere, I have a restricted bubble. Midnight is the most suitable time and in the confinement of my bedroom is were thoughts come to me.

Who are your favorite authors and what is the genre that you like reading most?

It is extremely hard to name just one. J.K.Rowling, Dan Brown, J.R.R.Tolkien, Amish Tripathi, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Suzzane Collins the list is very very long! 
And likewise there is no single genre I can mention. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, crime, thrillers, murder mysteries, mythology are a few genres I would never say no to.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Having a job I'm actually comfortable with, striking the last book title in my 'To Read' list, finally deciding who my favorite super hero is and planning the release of my next big thriller! (Yea, I might've written a couple already)

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Of the selected few I've read there were only a couple of 'Romance' novels I would actually rate 5/5. If there is a subject I would never write about is 'Love'. There is not much flexibility and it lacks the suspense and gore which generally I look forward into as a reader. And yes, I also don't get those cheesy lines.

How much important do you think marketing is for the success of a book?

Unless you are Mr.Tolkien Jr. Or Rowling Jr., marketing is very much needed for a book if it’s your first. It helps in the basic step every writer dreams of, announcing your arrival at the crease! It is essential if you're looking for commercial success or even if you want your book to be read, loved and recognized.

What is the message that you want to convey to the readers through your writing?

In the first book, "Six Degrees" the clear message given out by the team in our story, "The Awakening" is, "No matter how grey, evil, and cruel you are, you will be easily be defeated by peace, bravery and will.

Wonderful Ashutosh, it was fun knowing more about you!

Thank you, Preethi!

So folks, pick up his book. I personally can vouch that it is 'unputdownable' from the very first page as I am also a part of it.

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That is all folks....

Until next post,
Much love,

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