Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Interview with Indian Author Prakash Vir Sharma

Prakash Vir Sharma
Kolkata (Calcutta – City of Joy)
Bengal, India

Welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors, Prakash.What have you written?
Traditinally published:
“Mahakte Panne” – a co-authored poetry collection in Hindi language
“Pratibimb” – a co-authored short stories collection in Hindi language
“Life in Shackles” (Amazon UK bestseller)
Mindset And Passion – The Psychology of Success (Amazon India bestseller)

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Fiction and non-fiction

Favorite food. 
Pure vegetarian, even I never touched egg.

Tea or coffee. 
Both but prefer tea.

Pizza or ice cream? 
No pizza please, I love ice-cream.

Wine or beer? 
Anything you offer, LOL

Where would you like to visit? 

Favorite musical artist. 
Do you listen to music when you write?  
I love classical music, Jagjit Singh is my favorite singer. I prefer to write in calm and peaceful places, love to write sitting on river banks, sea beaches or in parks.
For me, “writing is the idle state of meditation.”

What makes you laugh?
Being a passionate social thinker, I am happy to write success stories and see people succeeding in their struggle.

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
I love Indian Philosophy and religious scriptures.

How old were you when you started writing?
I started writing for newspapers at the age of 19.

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?
I did not outlined my first two books “Kathputli” and “Life in Shackles” but I started outlining “Mindset and Passion – The Psychology of Success” and currently working on three books.

Describe your perfect evening.
My perfect evening means a get together with all of my family members who are usually out of my home town for work and come occasionally to visit our mother.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I am a social thinker. I raise unheard voices through my writings. I get inspiration from socio-political and socio-religious issues. I write on improvement of government system.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
This is possibly a confusing term. Though it exists but not for a few hours or days only. It's not permanent in nature. Thus, all it needs is a temporary remedy.
People often have many fields of interest or many tasks to complete or many jobs to be done. And, nobody faces writer's block anywhere except writing, right? So, one may utilize that time in learning, interaction with readers and fellow authors, research for future projects, promotion and marketing of existing books. If none of these sounds good, there are many other options like music, party, meditation, charity services or social media etc.
I spent most of my time in learning or on social media.

Who is your favorite author?
Rhonda Byrne.

Best book you ever read.
The Secret.

Last book you read.
Mind (a sci-fi novel).

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I am working as Senior Manager with India's top ranking steel manufacturer. I am not planning to be a full time writer but I have dozens of rough drafts and planning to publish at least three books per year.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
If we talk about 'the only one person', obviously it was my father because of his courage, patience and sacrifice.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Many times I feel that I can't live with myself. If I could sit down to have a conversation, definitely, I will talk to my inner-self.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Educate yourself through self learning and experience. Develop a clear understanding to save yourself from so-called expert's trap or refrain yourself from being victim of suggestions.
On this subject, I am releasing a book in April'18, "W to M of publishing - Why Authors Fail."

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Carol for having me there.
    I enjoyed this interview.