Interview with Dinesh Verma

What are you working on next?
On a novel based on the the experiences of a young Indian during his year long stay in Paris in mid 1980s.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It is the idea of making best of the day ahead in spite of so many constraints that one is faced with.
Who are your favorite authors?
It is a difficult question to answer as I have been a serious student of English Literature during my college days. However later I learnt French and read a lot of French authors and also translations of Russian novelists of 19th Century. So there are a lot of them which will fall under the category of 'favourite authors'. Among the novelists I would say George Elitot, Thomas Hardy, D. H Lawrence, James Joyce, Gutave Flaubert, Emile Jola, Fyodor Dostovesky, Leo Tolstoy to name a few. Then there are favourite dramatists and poets--the list will run long!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I would answer the question the other way. Writing is not a full time job for me as yet as I am still working in a field that has got nothing to do with literature or creative writing. So I would say that I spend my leisure time trying to further my writing career.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To begin with it was through the Project Gutenberg about five years back. Later I was introduced to Wattpad and Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was 'The Fine Print' that appears in the collection 'The Fine Print and other Yarns'.
What is your writing process?
It just evolves out of an idea, a character or a situation and then one mulls over it and gives it a form.
How do you approach cover design?
I think it is a very important part of the book and it can make a lot of difference in the reader's perception of the book.
When did you first start writing?
Back in 2003 when I was staying alone in Chennai (formerly Madras) and had practically nothing to do after the office hours.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop and Iphone.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a novel that takes a look into the psyche of a promising young Indian, who finds himself catapulted into Paris in mid 1980s for a year without sufficient knowledge of French and with meager financial resources. It is an account of his tryst with the temptations that surround him, the solitude he is confronted with and the desire to perpetuate his stay in that city of romance and fashion.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is the unending wait for answer to your proposals from Publishers, Agents et al. It is also the idea that even if your book is published by a regular publisher in print format the reach of your book is very limited. The indie approach combined with e-book format overcomes that limitation.
Published 2016-10-02.
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Books by This Author

The Fine Print And Other Yarns
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 91,950. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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“Parisian adventures: Stories that skirt around the bothersome issues of crossing cultures.” (Literary Review, The Hindu) “A smorgasbord of unforgettable characters.” (India Today) “A kaleidoscope, each turn of which presents an eminently interesting and unforgettable character.” (The Sunday Tribune) “The stories provide a keen insight into the mind of an average Indian abroad" (Asian Age)