Interview with Rajesh Rao

What's the story behind your latest book?
Actually, I have always dreamed of being a writer in the conventional sense of the word. However, after I wrote this novel about five years ago and after approaching some of the well known names in the traditional publishing business, I never got any correspondence from them, no acceptance letter (as expected) but then no rejection letter either (quite unexpected). That is when I started looking at other evnues for being published. I even tried getting published on vanity publishing sites. However, they never take your work seriously and so I finally took the plunge at self publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is in itself a thing of beauty (which as they say is a joy for ever). However, as a writer I find it relaxing and refreshing to tell the various smaller stories that I have been through when I was in different stages in this life. Whether it is from my school days, college life or as a boxing coach I have always had memories that I want to tell whoever is ready to listen.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are a constant source of fresh air. Okay jokes apart, they have always shown the way for authors, either through positive or even negative feedbacks. I love original criticism which I encourage my fans to indulge in, rather than being sweet and telling only the good things about my stories. I believe that this is a sure shot recipe for lethargy and the ultimate demise of a person's writing ability.
What are you working on next?
A complete departure from what I have written in Champ, A Rags to Riches Story. My next is a vengeful love story. Crevice is the story of a young couple that fall in love with a strange backdrop and what makes for revenge with a vengeance. I will not like to give the story away since even a synopsis can give the whole story away. So just wait for the next novel when I put it up on Smashwords.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a big fan of Mario Puzo and Sidney Sheldon. Closer home I have read Navin Gulia's 'In Quest of the Last Victory' and Preeti Singh's 'Flirting With Fate' Both have been awesome reads.
What is your writing process?
A simple process that has just three or four steps

a) Think of a story - Inspiration
b) Sleeping over it for a few days and seeing whether it is still there - Mastication
c) Writing the story and putting things that I missed in the lasdt novel based on feedbacks by beta readers - Perspiration
d) Though not a part of writing, I think the writer's block and ways to get out of it and then the process of getting the word out can also be seen as a part of the process, especially if you are not a Mario Puzo or Sidney Sheldon or Ayn Rand.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Although I was born and brought up in Mumbai, the financial capital of India, I consider myself to be a frog in the well. And yet, I have not been comfortable in a single identity. I have been a rolling stone that has gathered no moss. Since my school and college days, I have not stuck to one particular group. Also, when I was a boxing coach unlike many colleges that have the same set of boxers for like 5-6 years, I have always had a different set of boxers as a part of the college team. And that has contributed to my writings I put the lot of the spices in my writing. My characters are all based on the real life people that I have met through my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Basically, the demotivation of the traditional path and the bad after taste of vanity or POD publishing made me choose self publishing. However,I think smashwords is far better an experience that some of the others like partridge publishing that literally started arm twisting me into paying which led me to cut ties with them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am not yet a success here. So I guess this is a wrong question for me to answer. I will answer this when I really see the dough rolling in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The story that I am working on at that time of the week or month is what makes me get up and write for some time during the day. It is a part of the mastication part that I mentioned earlier.
Published 2015-04-06.
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Books by This Author

Champ, A Rags To Riches Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,380. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Among the hundreds of wannabes, it takes a lot of guts and gumption as also strong character to rise above the multitudes and conquer the pinnacle of passion. Be it in a profession or passion. The protagonist in the novel faces not just the opponents in the ring, but also the challenges that come to face him with panache. That is the true hallmark of a champion.