Novelist Sudeep Nagarkar’s, first novel Few Things Left Unsaid in 2011 was an instant best seller. Followed by That’s The Way We Met in 2012, which has also been the reason why he has dropped out of a of his job at an IT company to become a full time author. He is now a bestselling author of 8 novels. He received “Youth achievers” award in August 2013 for writing three bestselling novels back to back and for being one of the highest selling romance author in India. So today we got him candid and here’s what he has to say;
Sudeep, 8 Best sellers, newly and happily married, successful tours and launches. Success coming from every corner? Tell us about your journey to and through it?
I owe it all to my lovely readers. Without their support nothing would have been possible. My work is to deliver stories which can spread some positive messages. Talking of the marriage, this is something Jasmine and I have always dreamed of and hence we are living the dream. Though, it’s not easy to manage both, so the best option is to take your wife along with you for a book tour, so that she never gets to complain about not devoting time to her (laughs).
So your last book was a wedding gift to your wife? What’s her take on that? Was she the first one to read it?
She’s always the first one to read my books, she goes through torture when I am in the process of writing. So this time when I am writing she flew to Delhi. But talking of ‘All Rights Reserved For You’ the last one, she was also the editor too. I was very cautious as the book was releasing during our marriage and it was obvious all my in laws were going to read it. So had to keep it ‘U’ category. And of course, she is all set to snatch all the royalties from this one. (jokingly)
So just like you mentioned that you’re in the process of writing, what’s on your block?
I’ve already started working on my new one. And this one is like a challenge. I don’t know if it will appeal to everyone out there, but I felt like expressing a story which clears the fabricated wave of intolerance in this country. Keeping the tone contemporary at the same time. I am enjoying this book like anything.
That’s some good news. We are already excited. So when should we hope to stop by this one at the stores?
You can expect it sometime around June/July.
When we talk of the work that’s in process it strikes me to ask you if you have ever had any unpublished work?
Oh ya. I have written a few story lines. Worked around the characters and the synopsis. But personally, I am not that confident about those projects. Somewhere something is missing and till I am totally not content with it. I won’t proceed. Hopefully I will get over my fears in publishing in near future. Till then won’t reveal anything.
And when we talk of unpublished works simultaneously I am curious to ask you, is there any published work of yours we are soon to see into movies anytime soon?
See I don’t want to give away the rights and then lay back. I want the team to involve me actively as it’s my story and no one can understand the characters better. I know their dna. I am not under estimating their writers but just that I don’t want people to come out of theater saying movie will make 100 cr but the book was better. If not better, the movie should at least not disappoint the readers who have read the book.
So do you think that movie adaptations kill the vibe of reading?
Not really. But that’s my point. If the emphasis is given more than the scripts then you may not feel that. There are people who loved Harry potter series. I am not saying the adaptation was flawless but at least not as pathetic as the movie Hello. (Hides)
Ouch, on that note I cannot resist asking you if you were to collaborate with an author, would you? If yes, with whom?
I won’t offer any preferences. Not an easy task. Also its time consuming. Not necessarily that my views matches his/her’s. Even if they do. The writing style can be different. And the way to portray that view can be different. So I will not prefer personally.
We see you are active on social media. You maintain a one on one relationship with your fan. How does it feel to receive their feedback so directly?
It helps me to improve for sure. Moreover that’s something that makes me really happy. I try to reply each and everyone. And that’s not changed post marriage also. :p
So very quickly then;
Your fav author?
Sudeep Nagarkar, My wife believes so. And the thumb rule is wife is always correct. *laughs*
Book That changed your life?
Not Without My Daughter. It inspired me in a lot of ways.
Book that everyone should definitely read?
All my 8 books, (Haha)
Kindle or paperback?
Pen or type writer?
Both. While deciding the plot I write in my dairy. But manuscript on laptop.
Writing alone or in public?
Alone. Even if someone peeps into my laptop, I get conscious. So public is a big no for me.
A true criticism or a fake compliment?
A true criticism any day.
One memorable fan moment?
Giving interview to you *blushes*
Message to your fans
Buy my new book. It’s releasing around July. And tell everyone else to buy it. I am married now and my wife loves to shop. So you know…(Grins)