Here we have here today, Kevin Missal, the author of Yama
Let’s start with a traditional question – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A property dealer but then I thought it needs a lot of work so I stepped my level to being a writer.
Did you have any goals for this book when you wrote it — to get published, or just to finish, or bring up some new topic, etc.?
This was my second book accepted by HALF BAKED BEANS. My first one was MARA. So I was pretty sure it was going to get selected. But for those seven days that I wrote, I think I just wanted to finish as many as I could during my summer holidays and also attack those issues that I always wanted to write on.
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
I was twelve when I began writing. At the age of fourteen, I published my first book. My first few writing scenarios were over blank sheets of paper hoping to make sense of words. I read a lot during that time so that kind of shaped my writing. I always intended to be a writer and I wrote what I found was entertaining but also challenged some deeper questions.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you?
James Patterson, Jo Nesbo, Keigo Higashina, Charles Dickens, Frank Miller…the list goes on, man.
If you were to describe your book “Yama” to someone who has yet to read it, then how would you do it?
If you like entertaining thriller books with twists and turns and a plot that will grip you, go for YAMA.
Being successfully written a mythological thriller with short chapters enclosed, what hurdles did you face in the journey of penning it down?
Finding a coherent plot something that was interesting. When I finished my book, I had no idea that the concept of sins and hells was in the movie “Aparichit”. But now I think about it, I shouldn’t have written Yama. But still, I’m glad I did. I was able to do all those things that James Patterson taught me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Making short films, reading, playing badminton, watching movies.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?
That it’s FUN writing books and more people should do it.
What was your family’s reaction to find their son engrossed in writing? Any incidents you would like to share with us?
My family was often very comforting and supportive. They had always been supporting in fact. The incident I would like to share is about how I used to discuss with my dad about the story and the idea behind it and he used to tell me about it and what to write and what not to. He said to me, “When you write something, make sure it’s fun. No one wants to read a depressing book.”
What message would you like to give to the young generation and aspiring writers?
Build your writing base. I did a wrong thing. I stepped into publishing without even having a reader base and so I faced problems while promoting. Also, have a lot of money in your bank. If you want to be popular, you need to invest in your novel. Writing a novel is easy. Anyone can do it. But reaching to the audience needs a talent for itself.