Interview with Faruk Nadkar

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kuwait were I was born. I was an avid reader especially of science fiction. It was originally Isaac Asimov whose Foundation Trilogy inspired me to write speculative fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my late teens.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In 2008 I had a dream, and from that point onwards I began to develop Orphans of the Void - my first serious work in science fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't know independent publishing even existed until 2012. I'm more inclined to a traditional publishing deal even now but being an indie author has given me an incredible online presence.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well I am very grateful to Smashwords which helps me to put my work out there on major online eBook retail stores. Unfortunately, my work really needs a traditional publishing deal for me to succeed as a writer. Its is advanced and exploratory to the extent that people just don't understand it when they land on my eBook page.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing, or rather being able to write, is a creative process. I'm a creative professional in the advertising industry. I enjoy the process of writing science fiction. It is very gratifying.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans yet as I'm not selling online. But someday maybe I will have fans and then I will appreciate that I do and yes they will mean a lot to me. ‚Äč
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a trilogy, Orphans of the Void is the first novel in that venture.
Who are your favorite authors?
Issac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark as some of my all time favorites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A working day ahead as currently a Creative Director and hopefully very soon as a Managing Director in a media company I'm about to start.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I don't get much free time. As a matter of fact I have to squeeze in time to work on the first novel of my trilogy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, as usual, and this may sound quite ordinary because it is, I started by reading Marvel comics, but before long I was reading Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock & the Three Investigators. I could visualize the scenes as I read. It was a fabulous new experience. I had found a boundless new world in which I could roam unhindered. It was a long time ago - over 30 years ago in fact. Today, as a writer that experience is so distant a memory that I just recalled it because of this interview and your particular question.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe a cover design is the job an artist who interprets an author's work through the book cover. For Orphans of the Void, I had found a wonderful royalty free image that somehow just bowled me over, as I personally felt that it really captured the essence of the story. So, after careful checking that I wasn't infringing on anybody's copyright I asked my colleague Ramesh Narvekar to do his thing, and voila, he put in some effect using Adobe Photoshop and there we were, good to go.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov - no reasons need be provided because those are a masterpiece without equal in terms of imagination and the storytelling technique. Apart from that I loved Robert Heinlein's Number of the Beast and of course a work that I personally feel makes him immortal Time Enough For Love. Those five books will never be replaced as my all time favorites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have long forgotten...
What is your writing process?
There is no particular writing process actually. Having been in advertising for over thirteen years now, creative writing is just an integral part of my life. When I want to work on my novel I just open the file and go with the flow. Of course, at the same time, I don't like to rush things.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything & Everything Fact, I'm afraid. I don't have the luxury of time to read any fiction any more.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My HTC Desire C Android Smart Phone.
Published 2013-09-05.
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Books by This Author

Conspiracy (Orphans of the Void #1)
Series: Orphans of the Void, Book 1. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 21,830. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Two different centuries in earth’s timeline separated by nearly two hundred and fifty years suddenly collide when eighteen year old Dan Clayton – an idealist stargazer since childhood with a passion for astrophysics – becomes the target of a controversy of unprecedented historic proportions in 1985.