This is an exclusive interview conducted by Ink Drift with a young author from Bhubaneswar, India.
Editor: What were you like at school?
Manoj Shethy: I was mostly into studies, because of the cutthroat competition everywhere; I always felt the need to be prepared for that.
Editor: Were you good at English?
Manoj Shethy: Well, nobody’s perfect in this world. so how could I be perfect?? But I must say I’m decently good at English, for a student coming from a government school background. It is very hard for us to be good at English. As I was always game for learning new and difficult things I learned speaking and writing good English.
Editor: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Manoj Shethy: *laughs* What must be there for an author apart from seeing his books on the top of best seller list, but one thing I have in my mind is that before I leave the world, I must bring another Booker prize to this country.
Editor: Which writers inspire you?
Manoj Shethy: Amish Tripathi and Ravinder Singh’s books inspire me a lot.
Editor: So, what all have you written so far?
Manoj Shethy: A book “A DIRTY WORLD” and two short stories contributed to an anthology namely “SOO MUCH IN LOVE” and “FOR YOU MOTHER’’.
Editor: Where can we buy or see them? (* include relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
Manoj Shethy: All book available on amazon.in and flipkart.com
Editor: What are you working on at the minute?
Manoj Shethy:Right now I am concentrating on being a good management student but I am also working on my second book.
Editor: What genre are your works?
Manoj Shethy: Fiction, romance and thriller
Editor: What draws you to this genre?
Manoj Shethy: Because fiction is a replica of non-fiction. What we saw in the society; we put in the stories or poems in the name of fictional characters.
Editor: What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Manoj Shethy: S**t happened in my life; from which I got inspired to start something.
Editor: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Manoj Shethy: Now it’s my passion, I love to write, so let’s see what the future unfolds.
Editor: What is the hardest and the easiest thing about writing?
Manoj Shethy: The hardest thing is the writer’s block. And the easiest things are complete the climax of the story, because whenever I started a fresh story, I already set up what would be the climax, later it could be changed.
Editor: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
Manoj Shethy: I am a voracious reader. My favourite authors are Amish Tripathi, Ravinder Singh and Agatha Christie.
Editor: For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Manoj Shethy: I always prefer paperback or hard back books. E-books doesn’t give that feeling of reading or the aroma of books.
Editor: What book/s are you reading at present?
Manoj Shethy: Currently I’m reading Anand Neelakantan’s book “THE RISE OF SIVAGAMI.”
Editor: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Manoj Shethy: The main advantage of self-publishing is that the full ownership of your book is in with you and the disadvantage is that the publishers charg so much to publish, while they don’t really spend that much.
Editor: How do you market your books?
Manoj Shethy: Social media promotion.
Editor: Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
Manoj Shethy: Because they don’t believe that promotion is the key factor in selling of books.
Editor: What is your favourite motivational phrase.
Manoj Shethy:“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” By Rabindranath Tagore.
Editor: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Manoj Shethy: I would like to meet Mr. Amish Tripathi at least once in my life, because he is the one who motivates me to write.
Editor: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Manoj Shethy: Before you start writing read more and more, than sit and pen down your own story.
Editor: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Manoj Shethy: No. Thank you for the opportunity to answer these questions.
Editor: Thank you, Mr. Shetty
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