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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Author Interview : Pushpendra Mehta, author of 'The Suitable Inheritor'
the the Interview with Pushpendra Mehta, author of 'The Suitable Inheritor'.
If we give this book its due, we would understand what it is that I
meant by calling it a lyrical book. This work was a piece of emotional
This interview consists of how the book actually happened, how Andrew's characterisation came about, how the love angles came into the picture, how the the social, spiritual and economic
backgrounds affected his writing, who his favourite authors are, and much, much more, Folks...
How did ‘The
Suitable Inheritor’ happen? Could you describe the journey?
While in Peru, my colleagues and I visited Larcomar, a unique
shopping and entertainment centre that is located at the top of a cliff
overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I fell in love with the breath-taking view of
the Pacific Ocean. It was here that a few colleagues suggested I write a novel
that featured Larcomar and Lima. The seeds of my novel, “The Suitable
Inheritor” were sown in Larcomar.
After writing two
non-fiction books, I decided to make the leap to writing fiction. I wrote the novel with my heart, soul, and mind completely
immersed into it. I wrote with all the sincerity and honesty at my command to share
a meaningful story with readers. The intensive journey involved long hours of
writing, editing, and rewriting.
How did the main character, Andrew Smith
come about? How much of you, was in there?
'The Suitable Inheritor' and Andrew’s character emanates from
my experiences and conversations.As a
storyteller, I started with myself because the characters in my novel are all
part of me, and observations of the world around me.
As a writer, I have learnt
to reveal emotional truths inside of me, while projecting the readers’ emotions
into my characters to liven up the chapters.
How did the love angles come into the picture
I feel blessed and fortunate to have been befriended by
smart, wise, and extraordinary women that helped me grow as a person and enriched
my written voice. I believe true love (not love) is the most
powerful human emotion.
It is a fabric of emotions
woven with adoration, adaptability, support, companionship, care, conversation,
commitment, understanding, generosity, sacrifice, respect, freedom, and trust. But
most people do not see true love as an amalgam of the aforesaid emotions.
possibly explains why true love is hard to find and sustain. So I created an unusual story of true love and
profound relationships that will hopefully, enable readers to rediscover true
love and fulfillment.
What according to you is different about
The Suitable Inheritoris a journey to the extraordinary – extraordinary love and success. I believe that extraordinary
success and love have one thing in common. They
both require support and sacrifice.
novel explores the difference between success and greatness by weaving an inspirational
romantic story that spans Chicago and Peru with a strong India connect.
Few writers may have taken this route. And to my utter surprise, I have been told by some
readers that 'The Suitable Inheritor'should
be adapted into a movie.
What was the most challenging part about writing, ‘The
The most challenging part was the placement of three different worlds
(Chicago, Peru, and India) into the context of a single story.
How did the social, spiritual and economic
backgrounds affect your writing?
I am fortunate to have grown up in a family that adopted the
best of Eastern and Western thought and culture. I am equally lucky to have
experienced the richness of life that comes through interaction withthe
underprivilegedand the privileged, thepowerlessandthe
Additionally,my spiritual guru helped me get in touch
with my spiritual side and did so without recourse to any monetary commitment
such as fee, gifts, donation, and publicity.
Such is the altruistic and
holistic dissemination of spirituality bestowed upon me that it acts as a
tremendous source of inspiration when I write a book or an article.
Could you tell the readers about your
experiences and how it was it related to what you wrote?
I have donned diverse roles - writer, marketer, consultant,
and entrepreneur. The magnificence of varied experiences has enhanced my
understanding of human behaviour, success, life, and relationships culminating
into 'The Suitable Inheritor'.
A quote from the novel sets the tone for exceptional success and
happiness - 'Pursue your passion, work with your intuition, learn as a
child, and adapt as water.'
Any advice to writers that would like to be
published today? How tough is it to be published?
Start with the belief that you are unique and have a
story nobody else has. Remember adept story telling will engage readers. Read
vigorously. Write a page every day. Write about what you
know or enjoy.
Be prepared to write, edit and rewrite. Write to make a
difference or to leave a legacy. And write without fear of failure or rejection.
Traditional publishing is getting very competitive, but if you have a
compelling story it is worth pitching to them. Self-publishing is easier and a
faster way to launch a book as long as it is followed by effective marketing
and communications strategies.
While engaging content, editing and rewriting,
attractive book cover, and blurb are important attributes in the book
publishing process, but without prudent marketing or publicity a book will be
confined primarily for family
and friends’ distribution.
What is the next book that you have planned?
I have a few ideas for my next book. Hopefully,
will get started in 2017.