Interview with Ashish Malpani

What's the story behind your latest book?
Ten Days in October is inspired by several real life events close to the town I was born in rural India. For years, I have been planning to write but one morning in October of 2014 I started typing and didn't stop since. My world was soon consumed by the characters from novel and their stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to read and sometimes real life incidents and people I meet just stay with me. I keep thinking that if the characters from incidents began to share their stories with me, what will I hear? What will they have to say? One of such thought processes forced me to sit down and start writing.

For the first novel, I decided to go the self-publish route and see where I get with help from my friends.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Diving into the psyche of my characters, understanding what motivates them, what they love and what they hate is the best part about writing for me. The characters have helped me understand my own feelings and my biases. At the same time, they have kept me honest.
What are you working on next?
There are definitely some ideas that have started to circle around my head. I will definitely stick to the same genre for next piece I write. I also plan on writing some short stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love traveling and photographing my experiences. Even after visiting five continents, thirty eight countries and six wonders, there is so much to explore.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my early childhood in a town called Sangamner located in western India. The town, the culture and the people have left a lasting impression on my mind. "Ten Days in October" is based in Sangamner and some real life events that took place around the town.
What do your fans mean to you?
NOT fans but I view everyone who has procured the novel, read it and provided feedback to me as my partners in this journey.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of learning something new, meeting someone new and contributing something new definitely gets me out of the bed in the morning. A hot cup of cappuccino definitely helps the process too.
Describe your desk
A laptop, reference materials, headsets plugged into YouTube channel playing my music and a cup of cappuccino, that is all I need on my desk.
What is your writing process?
I broke down the novel writing into smaller tasks and project managed those tasks with a timeline. Even though the deadlines slipped and I had to re-draw the timeline, the approach helped me progress with my writing. The engineering and analytical background didn't stifle the creativity but ensured progress.
Published 2016-05-29.
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