In conversation with Prashant Pinge

I have had the privilege of chatting with Prashant Pinge, author of Sceadu. Here is what he has to say:

Prashant Pinge

  • 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.


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