Interview with Gautam Sahay

What's the story behind your latest book?
This poetry collection is a collection of some of the best things my life has taught me, it is an embodiment of the process of my growing up, both as a writer and as an individual.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing at the age of 6 and decided to become an author at age 12. I believe that every moment of my life has been building up to this moment, and this is only a humble beginning.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing.
Every day begins with a promise of something new, and no clue on how good or bad it might be. All I hope for is that, by the end of the day, whatever the experiences may be, they will give me something to feed the art in me, helping me become an instrument of creation.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I believe it is in watching your idea materialize and your ordinary observations and experiences morph into an extraordinary piece of art. The true joy of writing is in connecting with and being a part of the process of the creation, as much as the creation itself.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The reader makes the writer. I can't expect trees to be reading my poetry if not the many people around the world who spare a moment out of their busy lives to stop by and appreciate the work of an artist.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a few more poetry collection that will be available here soon, depending on the response to my latest work. Also, I'm writing a novel that incorporates the genres of mystery, psychological thriller, drama, metaphysics, romance and a lot more. It is perhaps the most ambitious undertaking of mine so far.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I make and listen to music - a lot. And I read. I read almost anything good I can get my hands on, ranging from novels to poetry to screenplays to comics. I sometimes make paintings that I hope might help me get closer to the images that I wish to materialize in my words.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go by the recommendations of the people in the literary circle, their opinions value the most. Then I often browse through the bestselling and classics lists of various websites.
Who are your favorite authors?
Gulzar, Robert Frost, Anton Chekhov, Rabindranath Tagore, Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway to name a few.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the platform that I could not have imagined existed for an indie poet/author like me. It has given me the understanding of how simple and beneficial the process of becoming a published author can be.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but I don't think the world is yet prepared to hear that one.
Published 2018-03-22.
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