Interview with Arvind Passey

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I much prefer bits-n-bytes in their printed avatar... but this doesn't mean I don't ever read ebooks. I have a Kindle PaperWhite that helps... but there are ebooks on my iPad as well as on my iPhone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I try to see if the author has his/her blog... and read the posts there. These posts tell me if a full length novel by the same person would be worth spending time and money or not. Importantly, I simply drop authors who get into an over-sell or hardsell mode. No, I don't like authors who grovel, implore, or bully you into buying their book.
Describe your desk
Disciplined chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Spent my childhood in Jhansi... a small town big in history. Well, I'd have wanted to write anyway.
When did you first start writing?
In school. Writing began with my copying a short story from a daily newspaper and winning a prize for it. I had changed the story and had different names, of course... but I think it was the prize that made me think that I needed to sit and write my own stuff because copying just wasn't exciting. But winning was exciting.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Haven't yet started writing my first book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too early to be answering this one...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Ah! Writing helps me connect to things that happened in a past that generally remains hidden or faded out... but when I need those incidents, they simply pop up to prop my story or essay or whatever it is that I am writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are like prizes... and as I have said earlier, prizes and winning are the biggest motivators.
What are you working on next?
A few short stories... and then my first novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
I first fell in love with Enid Blyton (for the famous five series) and Capt.W E Johns (for the Bigglesworth and Gimlet series)... and then fell in love with Hindi writers like Gulshan Nanda and Ibne Safi (for his Vinod-Hamid jasoosi series). Well, I love almost every writer I read...
Published 2015-03-24.
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