Interview with Ken Doyle

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I've been writing ever since the early years in grade school but started to consider a career as a writer in my teens. I published my first short story at 13, and wrote nonfiction for a few magazines as a teenager. One of my short stories, written when I was 16, was selected for an anthology of the best science fiction by Indian authors. I knew my career would involve writing, but I wasn't sure exactly what form it would take.
How did your decision to write change your life?
For a long while, after I moved to the US, I had to put my dream of writing fiction on hold. Life intervened, along with the necessity of paying bills. Although my jobs all involved writing in one form or another, my dream of writing fiction remained a dream until a few years ago. A friend of mine introduced me to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and that forced me to develop the discipline needed to write fiction again. After that, I couldn't stop!
Who do you write for? Who is your ideal reader?
Initially, I write for myself. I have a lot of stories rattling around in my head and writing them down helps me focus and capture the ideas before they evaporate. Of course, I do like making money, so I'd be really disappointed if nobody else read them.

My ideal reader is someone who likes to ask questions, and who enjoys stories that don't always have a "happily ever after" ending. My current book is definitely character-driven, so readers who enjoy fiction that focuses on character development and setting (as opposed to plot) would be my target audience.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything! Without them, there would be no reason to write. It's always easier to write when you know someone out there appreciates your work.
What are you working on next?
I'll be releasing the second book in my short story collection, Gateway of India, in May 2015. Next on the list will be the third and final book in that series. I also have plans for a novel that is set in Bombay.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a tough call. I'd have to say Charles Dickens, as I have enjoyed every novel of his that I've read. His characters are masterpieces, and his very immersive description and setting has no equal among contemporary authors. Other favorites include Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Scott Westerfeld, Jhumpa Lahiri, Vikram Seth--and, of course, JK Rowling!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading (of course!), listening to music, and hanging out with family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, but I do remember the first one I published. I was 13 at the time, and the story won a contest run by a newspaper in India. Looking back on it now, there were probably a lot of things I'd be ashamed of, but hopefully a few gems as well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Too many to choose from! Among the classics, one of my favorites is The Old Curiosity Shop (Dickens). One that stands out for more recent work is The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth. I also enjoyed the entire Harry Potter series, and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.
What do you read for pleasure?
A variety of literature, ranging from the classics to YA science fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad and, when traveling light, my iPhone. I don't really have the need for a dedicated e-reader--the less devices I have to carry around, the better.
Published 2015-05-18.
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Books by This Author

Saturday Date (A Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Indic
Mary roams the Goan and Anglo-Indian neighborhoods of Bombay, singing for money so she can feed herself and the child who accompanies her. A night watchman befriends her and offers a chance to get off the streets. Mary seeks guidance from the mysterious visions that haunt her, but she alone must decide her fate.