Interview: Prakash Vir Sharma

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

Basically I am a management and engineering professional as well as an educationalist by qualification. I am best known for my impartial analytical opinions on political, social and religious issues. I am also a passionate social thinker.

I started writing for newspapers as a freelancer in early 1990s. Starting from Hindi weekly newspaper. I continued to display my skills in the form of articles, poems and stories in various newspapers and magazines till date.

At present, with 24 years of technical experience in steel industry, I am working with India’s leading steel manufacturing company as Senior Manager. Although a native of Moradabad (India), I am currently staying in Kolkata with my wife, a son and a daughter.

What would you say it’s your more iconic novel and why?

35102625It was amazing to see my work published. I enjoyed expressing my  social thoughts in both the books. People recognize me in India as an author of “Kathputli” but when it’s come to global recognition, that is because of my recent book “Life In Shackles”.

I am known for my articles in various Indian newspapers and have a great friend circle on social media who read and correct me with their valuable feedback.

Which writers inspire you? 

I stopped writing in 1997 and when I became active on Facebook in 2014, I read “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, which inspired me for publishing my works.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

Yes, there are two more books which I have published in collaboration. These were published through a vanity publisher.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Joselyn ! As I already told you about my starting point of writing, at that time I was eager to get my name published in newspapers, when I got success in that I wished to write books. I have written one complete and one incomplete novels in Hindi but could not get those published due to resources. Once I came to know about self publishing in 2014, I 35451630started writing short stories and published these as a book “Kathputli”. Now success of that book inspired me to continue my writing. In May’17 I came to know about StorytellerUK2017 award and I submitted my second book “Life In Shackles” which stood first in the contest on the basis of average customer reviews. I am surprised to see it’s excellent sales in UK, US and India. That’s it.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 

I am a management professional but writing is my passion. So, I am a part-time writer.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 

I usually start with the end, I choose a topic and a message for the society.

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.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

Usually, I send my manuscript to my Facebook friends and get it reviewed. However, now I am approaching some of my fellow authors to review my books.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I welcome all good and bad reviews because both are equally important for me. While good reviews inspire me to continue as an author, bad reviews provide me an opportunity for improvement.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

You Can Find Him in:

prakash2484@gmail.com

https://www.pvsharmablog.wordpress.com

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B072PCYJL1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B072PCYJL1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16683

https://www.facebook.com/prakaash.sharma.5

https://twitter.com/Prakaashsharma

https://www.pinterest.com/prakash2484/

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