Interview with Jay Prasad

What motivated you to become an indie author?
There's more freedom in being an indie author - no arbitrary restrictions on the length of the book, no fixed ceilings in regard to price, or channels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Atlantic Ocean used to be called the Ocean Sea during the Middle Ages. Sailors were afraid of crossing it and no one believed that Columbus would return when he undertook that journey. My book consists of three linked narratives by three members of the D’Avila family of converted Jews who travel with Columbus in his four voyages. They describe the internal tumult in Spain caused by the Inquisition and the havoc raised by Columbus’s brutality towards the natives and his obsession with acquiring gold in the new lands they discovered. There's a fourth narrative, done five hundred years later, by Paul Henry - a good Catholic and a Judo expert - who accidentally discovers the manuscript written by the D'avilas. Columbus is now on top of the list of the most famous Catholics of all time, and there's a a strong movement by right wing Catholic groups to canonize him. Paul Henry runs into trouble with them, and escapes death in a dramatic scene at the Vatican by virtue of his judo expertise.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I like the easy entry into Smashword and the variety of channels they provide.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write because I can tell a good story. Writing is a second nature to me, like singing is to a tenor or a baritone or dancing to a ballet dancer. It's also a lot of hard work and discipline.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate them because they take an interest in my stories and my art, as in any other performance. I listen to them and am grateful for their comments, even if they're negative.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read many history and biography books and classics in literature. I am also fond of mystery books. I don't have a favorite author - maybe, P. G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, and Alexander Dumas come close to it since I have read most of their books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get up early in the morning because I like to see dawn's early light. I stand on my terrace and look at the street, and enjoy the sight of the city waking up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I go to plays, museums, and restaurants. I like to go for long walks with my wife. I read quite a lot, and listen to music.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From bibliographies, lists in the New York Times, and also through Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes.
What is your writing process?
I lie flat on the floor and think through the plot, characters, and drama within the play. When I have it inside my head, I sit in front of the computer and type it out, one single-spaced page per day. It takes me about a year to write the first draft and six months to revise it, i.e. correct grammatical errors, delete redundancies, or add text.
How do you approach cover design?
I come up with a theme and ask a professional designer to implement it. Sometimes I make a rough sketch of what I want to see by using a digital program and send the .jpeg image to the designer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Shakespeare's Sonnets --- Best poetry in the English language.
Wallace Steven's Collected poems ---- Best American poetry.
Tennessee Williams Collected Plays ---- These are the best American plays.
D.H. Lawrence's short novels, The Fox, the Virgin and the Gypsy, The Woman Who Rode Away --- They take you into deep waters.
Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd --- The rustic tedium and the inconsequential lives overwhelm you.
What do you read for pleasure?
Detective novels, hundreds of them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Published 2015-11-16.
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Books by This Author

Blueprint
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 155,950. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Why did the Holocaust happen in her country? That is the question haunting Hannah Müller, a German artist persecuted by the Nazis for her avantgarde painting style. After a journey through several countries in Europe and a love affair with a Jewish refugee, she finally finds the answer to her quest in the unpublished diaries of her Nazi uncle.