Name of Author: Prakash Vir Sharma
Titles of Published Books: Kathputli (Hindi), Life in Shackles (English)
1) Tell a little bit about yourself.
Basically I am a management professional with engineering background. Born in a remote village of Moradabad (India) in 1973, I am presently living in Kolkata, ‘the City of Joy’ , with my wife, son and daughter. I would describe myself as easy going, friendly and passionate for writing since my college life (1990) .
2) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
When I was graduating, I came to realise about my father’s financial limitations. I started exploring options to help him out. During that exercise, I came in touch with Late. Hari Singh Nirbhay, the owner and chief editor of a weekly newspaper “Shrambheri” in 1991. I was given regular space in his group publications. I then started to send my articles to various newspapers and got published in various states. Thus, I totally immersed myself in print media during my graduation. I have written hundreds of articles in various regional and national newspapers in India. Though I was never paid for that but it turned as my hobby. Initially it was just for fun because I used to enjoy whenever I have seen my name publishing in a newspaper and people were talking about me but afterwards I decided to dedicate this hobby for the society and the nation as well.
I have written two novels during 1995 – 1996 but could not get those published because of resource constraints. Later, in 2014, I found the solution as Indian self publishing portal “pothi”. It gave wings to my dreams, with a new hope I again started writing and finally this year 2017 made me the author of two books.
3) Tell us a little bit about your books.
There are 14 short stories in my each book. These stories are based on social, political and religious issues in “Kathputli”, “Life In Shackles” contains the short stories about plight of women in the socieaty. However, the books are fiction yet these characters may be seen everywhere and everyday. These books are the mirror which shows us the clear picture of our society, our politics, our misunderstandings about religions and the ordeal of women in male dominated society.
4) We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
Yes, there you are. We all need a hero. An idle story is incomplete without hero and villain. In both of my books, there is a new hero in each story. Despite of being a fiction, these are real life situations, there are people who experience these situations. When I write a story or design a main character, I think upon a real life situation, I make a note what usually happens in such situations and finally I write up my thoughts as a message to the readers that it can be done in a better way. Being an educationist, social thinker and management professional, I must admit that my characters don’t do different things but they do things differently.
5) A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?
Actually story, script or novel writing is a brilliant’s jobe. It needs great imagination and expression. Being social, my stories don’t have violent villain.
6) What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I don’t remember whether there was any hurdle in writing this book because I am writing since 1990. I have drafts of my thoughts, stories, novels, articles. That’s why I need 4 to 6 months to come up with a new book till the stock lasts. Still I have around 6 books in hand, which will be published soon.
7) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
It’s tough to say because in short stories, there are numerous favorite characters, even every story may have author’s favorite character. In my first book “Kathputli”, my favorite character was Mirza, I must accept that I love him so much. That is why I have written three stories in different situations of real life with that character – one story is on voter’s education, another one is based on importance of voting right in democracy and third one is success story of a muslim family which has a clear stand on various political and religious issues.
My favorite story is “Chakravyuh” which is said to be MRI scan of political parties.
8) What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
I have presented the women as a catalyst in six stories of my first book and there are the best female characters in “Life In Shackles” who faced harassment, domestic violence, political abuse but put themselves as an example before the society. They are not weak, they are giving birth to strong man. Hence, They are creator.
9) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
Let me first appreciate you for such a great mix up of questions. I am enjoying it because there is something for all, I mean for readers, for authors, for me too.
So you asked about my learning experience from writing this book ! It was really amazing experience because I have learnt book formatting in various styles, conversion in various formats, cover designing, self publishing, promoting, marketing and finally turned the book into a saleable product.
10) What are your future projects?
My future projects will includes inspirational books, novels, randum thoughts on various social, political and religious issues.
Currently I am writing a motivational book for which I have got a title in Hindi language but debates are going on to choose a good title in English. This will be my first book which I want to publish in English first. One may find its cover page on my goodreads profile.
11) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Blog :https://www.pvsharmablog.wordpress.com
Author Pages : https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B072PCYJL1https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B072PCYJL1https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16683 Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/prakaash.sharma.5 Twitter :https://twitter.com/Prakaashsharma Pinterest :https://www.pinterest.com/prakash2484/