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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Author Interview: Ravi Subramanian, author of 'God is a Gamer'
Bitcoins were part of a topic, which has fascinated me for a long time. So, a book on the same
subject made me sit up and read it, alright! Of course, there is a lot of stuff
on the internet, but this ‘God is a Gamer’ was truly a treat for me.
for the right reasons' and making sure 'he promotes it well', is his tip. And some
tip, it is. Ravi Subramanian sure took his time to give these fascinating
You can read the Review, right here and You can also Buy the Book, right here. So read on,
did ‘God is a Gamer’ happen?
had been on my mind for over two years. I had been
an ardent follower of Bitcoins from the time Wikileaks brought them into
prominence (read the first chapter of the book to find out how).
I sat down to write my next book, it had to be based in the world of Bitcoins. Once the backdrop was decided, then the other elements
fell into place. I do not plot the entire story in the beginning. So, I started
off writing the first chapter. And thereon, chapter by chapter, page by page, ‘God
is a Gamer’ fell into place.
kind of research did you put into the writing of this book?
None. This is in fact the first book of mine for which, I read
six books on bitcoins, countless articles on the net and even spoke to a
few journalists, who exposed certain bitcoin scandals worldwide.
every single bit was done because of my interest in
Bitcoins and not with a specific intent of research for ‘God is a Gamer’.
I would hesitate to call it research. It was fun.
according to you is different about your book?
‘God is a Gamer’ is the first Bitcoin thriller to have ever been
written. I am
surprised no one really exploited this subject from a thriller standpoint.
did you come up with the core idea and develop it?
I write a book very differently as compared to the manner in which many
other writers write their books. I do not plot the book before beginning.
I am writing the first chapter, I have no idea what the ending will be like.
For me, the journey of writing a book is as much a journey of learning
and revelation, as it is for the reader. I learn along the way. I develop
scenarios along the way. I build in twists along the way.
how the story leads to the climax. This method of storytelling means longer
writing hours. But then, I end up enjoying the journey a lot more.
would you relate the book and its characters to your day to day lives?
stories are about fictional characters moving through a realistic landscape.
Most of the incidents are borrowed from real life instances.
They are down to earth. Not extravagant. And as a consequence the
relatability quotient of these stories is very, very high.
is what strikes a chord with the reader. You will not find any superhumans in
my book - only real life people like you and me, inspired to do superhuman
activities by a strange quirk of fate.
particular character did you feel most close to? Why?
In fact I
think Swami, with his insecurities and worries.
Caught within the battle of morals, values Vs organisational goals was a
very realistic person.
He is my
favourite character in the book. Not all favourite characters are heroes.
you tell the readers about your experiences and how it was related to what you
My experiences are there out in the open in my books. Most of the
stories are inspired by things that have happened to me or to people I know of.
know about my experiences, please read the books. Its all there.
is the most fulfilling part of writing a book?
Reader appreciation. I am a big sucker for that. When a reader takes the
effort of writing back to you with his feedback it is very fulfilling.
says that he could relate to a character in the book it strikes a chord. No
amount of money can match the love and affection of a reader.
is the next book that you have planned?
As of now
I am busy promoting ‘God is a Gamer’. Once I am done with that, I will think
about the next book.
was it that told you that you could become the author, you are today?
Not even myself. I am a fairly grounded human being. All I wanted to write was
one book. That’s how I wrote ‘If God was a Banker’.
But the book became successful and was well received. And success does
make you aspire for more. And that’s what happened to me. I took on writing as
a serious career only after ‘If God was a Banker’ became successful.
advice to writers that would like to be published today? How tough is it to be
published is easy. Getting noticed and standing out in the crowd is very tough.
The challenge starts after the book is published.
of new talent is a huge ask. And the money in this business, unless you become
a big name, is negligible. There are better ways of making that amount of
I would like to advice the newer authors to 1) Don’t shy away from
promoting your books. You have put in the hard work in writing the book. Make
sure that you promote it well. 2) Write for the right reasons. There is no
money in this trade. So, don’t
write to make money. Money is only a by-product.
are your favourite authors and why?
My favourite authors are Jeffrey Archer and John Grisham. The former for his style of storytelling
which is lucid, crisp and intriguing.
latter for the manner, in which he has gone onto, won the space of legal
book are you currently reading?
reading ‘The Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan. I
have a huge interest in the space of children’s books and hence I want
to read the entire Percy Jackson series to understand what makes it click. :)