Interview with Rajiv Tanwar

When did you first start writing?
During school days.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Nagpur in India and during school days wrote some short stories in local newspaper and school magazine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's born out of a desire to have an end to the ever increasing turmoil, hatred and selfish greed on this planet. I feel more than anybody else its the kids who need to realise the need for such an approach so that they grow up into responsible adults cherishing peace and love among all beings of this planet. I feel telling a story is the finest way to bring about this change rather than trying to drill didactic morales deep into their unwilling heads.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Creating a Facebook Page and Twitter
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to tell my story to the whole world and discover readers who would like to read it without the limitations of geographic boundaries.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Immensely. It helps me reach out to the whole world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It helps me to grow as a person.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I strive to see them happy after reading my work.
What are you working on next?
The second part of this 'Ashtamangala adventures of Vasu' series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, Alexander Dumas, Mario Puzo, J R R Tolkein, J K Rowling,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a doctor (an Orthopaedic Surgeon) by profession and the desire to help a needy patient stimulates me. I always try to write very early in the morning before the clinical work begins and it inspires me to be out of bed early every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading some good book, watching Discovery channel on TV at times to be able to know about various aspects of life on this earth where it might not be physically possible for me to go.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Search it on the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a short anecdote about an exercise routine gone wrong on the very first day in one of the local newspaper. Next day was a proud moment in the school for me when teachers and friends congratulated me about it.
What is your writing process?
I begin from one sentence central theme of the story and then go over to devise characters and slowly develop the storyboard.
How do you approach cover design?
It's better to hire a professional designer who can do the job. Someone who has already some exciting designs to his credit. His fees is worth the expense.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - Its the first true novel in its modern form. The struggle of a man living all alone for 20 years on a remote island has been vividly written about. It was inspired by a true story of a pirate. It's really difficult to write a novel with just one character.
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - A fascinating story of a young boy to his adulthood, extremely well written with a fabulous story line and some really memorable characters. "Barkis is willing!' simply can't forget it.
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas - Was retold by our crafts teacher during school days and the pirates, treasure, sea enthralled my young mind. I read it when I grew up.
Harry Potter - J K Rowling - I loved the way it has been written and the lovely storyline. The author has devised a unique way of telling the back-story without hampering the flow of narration.
Lord of the RIngs - J R R Tolkein - A wonderful fantasy with great English and Gollum!
I would also name a fantasy fiction in Hindi -
Chandrakanta - Babu Devki Nandan Khatri - Perhaps the father of Indian Fantasy fiction
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - Its the first true novel in its modern form. The struggle of a man living all alone for 20 years on a remote island has been vividly written about. It was inspired by a true story of a pirate. It's really difficult to write a novel with just one character.
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - A fascinating story of a young boy to his adulthood, extremely well written with a fabulous story line and some really memorable characters. "Barkis is willing!' simply can't forget it.
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas - Was retold by our crafts teacher during school days and the pirates, treasure, sea enthralled my young mind. I read it when I grew up.
Harry Potter - J K Rowling - I loved the way it has been written and the lovely storyline. The author has devised a unique way of telling the back-story without hampering the flow of narration.
Lord of the RIngs - J R R Tolkein - A wonderful fantasy with great English and Gollum!
I would also name a fantasy fiction in Hindi -
Chandrakanta - Babu Devki Nandan Khatri - Perhaps the father of Indian Fantasy fiction
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that can hold my attention.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
A fold able Kashmiri writing desk of carved walnut wood.
Published 2015-01-04.
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Books by This Author

Vasu and the Matsya Temple
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,410. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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On the day of his birth, Vasu is kidnapped. Destiny has chosen him to bring Peace back on Earth. Will he be able to find the long lost Divine Ashtamangala Symbols to defeat the evil Samraat Viraat Shatru? Join Vasu in his quest that takes him on an incredible journey into the depths of Ocean where no Bhoomivaasi has ever been before! The Ashtamangala Trilogy begins...