I have had the privilege of chatting with Prashant Pinge, author of Sceadu. Here is what he has to say:
- What/who inspired you to start writing?
I have always had a great imagination. However, the decision to write happened much later. It was fuelled by a dream where the plot intrigued me so much that I had to get out of bed and pen down my thoughts.
- Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a published author of short stories and books in the genres of children’s fiction and young adult fantasy fiction. I also write historical fiction and romantic comedies. My books have been nominated for the Crossword Book Awards with Raja & the Giant Donut shortlisted in the Children’s Writing category in 2011.
I live in Mumbai with my wife, Avantika, and son, Arjun.
- What is your favourite genre?
My favourite genre is YA fantasy fiction.
- Which is your favourite book?
It would be difficult to identify just one book. But I am really enjoying the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
- Who is your favourite author?
I have quite a lot of favourite authors, so to say. But the name that jumps to my mind would be Phil Pullman. He writes beautifully.
- What are your hobbies?
I enjoy collecting old coins, reading fiction, travelling to exotic destinations, watching movies, and listening to music. I recently wrote and produced a short film titled Freedom of Expression. I am also keenly interested in the subjects of psychology, mythology and ancient history.
- Perfect holiday destination?
The prefect holiday destination would be anywhere in the midst of untouched nature, in the mountains or in a valley or by the sea.
- Describe a perfect writing day.
A perfect writing day would be one where the ideas are frothing and flowing and my hand somehow manages to keep pace with my mind.
- Which is the best part of writing a story?
I love developing plots. If we’re strictly talking about the writing part, then I always enjoy introducing twists in the story. It really tickles my mind thinking about how the reader would react.
- How much inspiration do you draw on from real life experiences, with respect to plot, characters etc?
I draw a lot of inspiration from real life experiences, be they events or people I have met, as it helps infuse a stronger emotional quotient into the story. I also feel it is a very powerful device for developing memorable characters.
- Who among the characters you created do you like the most and why?
I really like the character of Steven from Sceadu. I enjoyed imagining his idiosyncrasies and writing his dialogue.
- How much do you relate to the characters or incidents in your story?
I relate a lot to the characters in my story since many aspects of their personalities have been drawn from actual people I know.
- What kind of impact do your stories have on you?
I get to experience fantastic worlds through my stories. And since I believe in happily ever afters, it all works out just fine.
Book website – http://sceadu.net
Author website – http://prashantpinge.com
Author Facebook page – http://facebook.com/PrashantPingeAuthor
Sceadu Facebook page – http://facebook.com/SceaduTheBook
Twitter page – http://twitter.com/prashantpinge
LinkedIn page – http://in.linkedin.com/in/prashantpinge
Google+ page – http://plus.google.com/+PrashantPinge
Goodreads page – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8393378.Prashant_Pinge