Having here, an exclusive interview with Sandeep Sharma, the author of Hey Dad! Meet My Mom
1. Let’s start with a traditional question – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be an engineer. *Seriously, please don’t laugh.* But then, circumstances changed. I actually became an engineer and then I figured out that ‘Buddy! Are you serious?’ Then finally I landed to this writing thing. Finally, I think, I found what I always wanted to pursue.
2. 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.? I wanted to write something that was never heard before – basically a love story from an angle where no one has actually thought before. From the day first, I received the comments from readers, and I think I have actually succeeded in my mission.
3. 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? My brain hurts with these weird stories in my head, so I decided to pour them on a blank paper and sale it to masses. I am just giving away my headache to everyone. *Just Kidding (For those who never get a sarcasm) * Everyone who writes – writes because they have a passion of telling a story. Even I had the same. Never thought of gaining anything from it. Fortunately, people loved it and things started to work for us.
4. What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you? The first book that left a deep influence over me was ‘Are you afraid of Dark?’ by Sydney Sheldon. That was the moment when I actually started to look out the things written between the lines. I started deciphering the writing style of different authors. Another author that made me his ardent follower is David Baldacci. I am in love with his writing style.
5. Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)? How many hours? Well, I am moody kind of writer. It took me 2 months to write 10000 words of climax and when we zoom in to that 2 months of time; I wrote 8000 words in just 1 day. So moral of the story is that, I am not a kind of person who counts writing hours – when I have something to write, I write. That’s it. First draft of the story is always in my mind and the second comes on the laptop. I never use pen and paper because I hate my handwriting.
6. Do you write every single day? Any upcoming book from your side? I do write everyday. I have a blog (A secret blog) where I write about my day. Yes, there are two in the pipeline. First one is ‘Let The Game Begin!’ The draft is almost ready and is with the publisher for evaluation. It’s a historical thriller based on the origin of chess in India. Other is a love story (With again, a pretty different storyline) co- authored with Tushti Bhatia. This book is our biggest project and surely will take time.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Listening songs, reading books and talking to someone special.
8. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book? That miracle does happen. Something that I wrote for my protagonist has actually happened with me. It was like I was writing my own story, my own future.
9. Your book, Hey Dad! Meet My Mom, is creating a lot of buzz amongst the youth of the nation. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? Even after an year, this book is maintaining the spot (In top 100 books on Amazon list), and so many messages and mails, does make your day. It feels good to know that this book was the only thing that you were thinking for the 4 or 5 hours of your life. It feels awesome to know that those 4 or 5 hours, that you spent while reading a story that was created by us, has actually left an impact on your life. There were mixed opinions about the book. But the one thing that was common from everyone was that they never thought the book had something that unusual. The story is something that no one can predict.
10. What message would you like to give to the young generation and aspiring writers? Have patience. Miracle does happen. Be sure of what you want and work hard towards your goal.