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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Author Interview : Rohan Govenkar, author of ‘1,000 Kilograms of Goa' (Part 2)



Read up, the Interview with Rohan Govenkar (Part 2). In this section, he talks of the most fulfilling parts in the book, the characters he felt most close to, his next book, and also his favourite authors, and a lot more, Folks...
 
What are the most fulfilling parts in your book?

The most fulfilling parts about the book to me, as an author, is that I have managed to tell readers a lot of serious stuff like the little known history, the average Goan’s perspective on Goa’s image and the tourism scenario, the problems they face, in a very casual style that blends smoothly and unsuspectingly. 

If the plot was not interesting, it could have ended up getting readers bored, and those specific parts would have remained unread and unknown to the world.

Which particular character did you feel most close to? Why?

I feel closest to Ashwin, naturally, since my book is written in the first person narrative. And I was compelled to pretend to be Ashwin, get into his mind, step into his shoes, act and react the way he did, just so that the character feels real and connects with the readers in an unpretentious manner. 

Who was it that told you that you could become the author, you are today? 

Rohan  Govenkar
I have always been a writer by heart, but never thought I’d author a book, someday. Then a few years ago, it struck me that I have a lot of good ideas and stories to share with the world and it would be such a waste if they remained bottled up inside of me. 

No other person influenced that decision, and hence it was purely my call. 

When will you next book be out?

I am currently working on my second book. I try to keep at least one hour of the day for my writing, and now with the added confidence that people have reacted well to the first book, a lot of self-doubt has been eliminated; and the second one might not take as many hours as the first one. 

My estimation is that the first draft should be ready by March 2016. Next, it will be followed by a thorough rewriting. After that, the editing will be repeated a couple of times, until I am fully satisfied with my work. 

David Baldacci
Which book are you currently reading? 

I am currently reading David Baldacci’s ‘Total Control’. I am really enjoying his descriptions and characterizations. The uniqueness in his writing and plotting styles really inspires me. 

The next book in queue is ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

My favorite authors are James Hadley Chase, Sidney Sheldon,
Stephen King
Jeffrey Archer, James Patterson and Stephen King. 

They all are great storytellers, and I really love their originality and lucidity. Originality is something which always fascinates me, whether it’s a book or a movie. 

What else do you do on a daily basis? 

The major chunk of my average day is dedicated to the business, I handle. Next in line are family and friends. I don’t get too much of spare time on a daily basis.
 
I wish there were at least 30 hours in the day so that I could use the extra hours for all those leisure activities and hobbies.

What advice do you have for the writers, who are starting out today?

My advice to writers is – Write. A lot of new writers ask me queries about the publishing world, the editing and the distribution. They should be instead writing, and all those questions will be eventually answered, in a natural way, by the time they have finished the final draft. 

Some things are best learnt by experience, since then the lessons remain in mind firmly. And yes, read a lot too. 


You can Read the Review, right here
You can read the First Part of this Interview, right here
You can also Buy the Book, here


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