I love interviewing debut authors on the blog. This is because aspiring writers can look at their path to publication and identify what they did right. Today’s featured author is Saurbh Katyal. He works in the frenzied corporate world and manages to steal time to write while travelling for work. His most prolific writing happens in dingy cabs lit by street lamp-posts, cramped liquor joints inside terminals and long, monotonous flights. He has published short stories and also won an international short-story writing competition some years back. This is his first novel and has already won critical acclaim.
What were you like at school?
Imaginative and naughty. An overactive imagination used to amplify the naughtiness quotient too.
Were you good at English?
Yes, I had a natural flair for the queen’s language.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Write compelling stories that entertain, and if possible, increase the perspective of the readers.
Which writers inspire you?
John Fowles, Graham Greene, James Clavell
So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I have written short stories: got published in Urban shots anthology, won an international short story writing competition, etc; I have also published articles on marketing and spirituality.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The story starts when detective Vishal gets a call from his ex-flame Aditi, who had dumped him and married the rich Sunil Kapoor years back. Now, Sunil’s elder brother is found stabbed in a hammock and the first person she calls is Vishal. Past demons haunt Vishal, as he takes refuge in alcohol and clashes with a villain who is truly a mastermind. The protagonist, Vishal Bajaj, will win a lot of hearts with his hardboiled humour and impress a lot of critical minds with his incisive investigation skills. The reader feels like he is standing on the crime scene with the detective, as the detective unravels the murder scene for clues.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I would probably want a good director and a capable script writer to write the screenplay. With these two facets taken care of, I feel, the actors become incidental.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Seduced by Murder took nine months to complete. I usually write on weekends. My pace of writing is extremely slow.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?