Interview with Richard Crasta

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mangalore, a small South Indian town full of tall coconut trees, mangoes, cashew nuts, and with a church every mile or so. Churches and chapels were very important in my childhood. So were nuns and priests. My parents were away for a significant part of my childhood. Writing was a cure for my loneliness, it helped me escape into a fantasy world. Almost as soon as I could write full sentences, I started writing imaginary things. It culminated in a story about a John F. Kennedy character, a hero, on a horse, who went around conquering countries till, finally, the whole world was his empire.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten years old, or perhaps nine. But I really became serious about writing around 15 and 16, when I came across the novel "Herzog" by Saul Bellow, and had also read Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage." I felt I had a story to tell. Writing of this sort, which was different from the story books I had read as a child, excited me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom to write as I wanted to, without censorship. Censorship of content, or censorship of words: I have faced both. Magazines and newspapers have policies about what they will and will not publish. Even Penguin and one other major publisher wanted me to remove certain words or sections. The joy of instant publication: a sense of fulfillment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To share my laughter, wonder, happiness, my story, my experience, my creation, to reach out to readers in faraway lands, and to see beautiful words on a page.
What do your fans mean to you?
It matters that you have given joy to some stranger in a faraway land. Many of my readers have ended up becoming my friends. Also, fans who write reviews and share their joy with others make it possible for me to continue writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to name. Shakespeare, Dickens, Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Henry Miller, Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, reading, meeting friends, seeing movies, watching people.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hamlet, Lolita, Tropic of Cancer, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison). Because they are immensely good.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Being out. Starting work. Sleep is boring!
Published 2013-08-29.
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