Wednesday, January 1, 2014

#AuthorInterview--> Promising Debut Author- Abhimanyu Rajarajan

Hi Friends,

First of all, Njkinny's World of Books wishes you all a very Happy New Year.:)
Its the first day of a new year and what's better than getting to know a new and a very promising author!

So today I have with me for virtual coffee, Abhimanyu Rajarajan, the author of When Shall We Meet Again?

Welcome to Njkinny's World of Books, Abhimanyu!
Lets grab coffee and start the interview. :)



Q1. Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in a small village near the temple town Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, India.  As my family shifted to Chennai, I had my 12 years of schooling there. The metropolitan city had its own
urban flavour and the unique speed and thrill of Chennai has had a cascading influence on me. I went on to do my Engineering and Management but was more fascinated in understanding what true life is all about. I presently work for a Fortune 500 Public Sector Company but my heart lies in writing.

Q2. In one sentence, what is your book When Shall We Meet Again? about?

When Shall We Meet Again? is about how easy it is to lose one’s life in today myriad world (especially in the IT corporate world) and how to look to your inner self, find what you want and cherish life and love.

Q3. What inspired you to write this book? 

I have too many friends in the IT world. And having seen them losing their happiness, I thought how it would be, had there been a Swamiji, like Aathmananda, to change the course of their lives.


Q4. Do you have a specific writing style? 

I’ve written the novel When Shall We Meet Again?, a collection of short stories which is yet to be published and a kids’ nonfiction idioms book. I am currently writing a mythological thriller. I have always let the plot decide my writing style. Sometimes even the mood of the characters in a particular scene would entice a specific writing style.

Q5. How did you come up with the title? Do you think the title suits the story?

Incidentally, there were many reviews which appreciated the content but said they could not get the connection between the title and the novel. The story is about two lovers meeting after five years and how it affects their lives. The story’s core lies in the idea that life throws these chance meetings at us. So, I feel the title When Shall We Meet Again? is apt for the novel. I later on came to know that it is the opening line of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I am honored.

Q6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

The message is “life keeps moving ! You have to move with it! Do not lose yourself by career or romance traps and get stuck. Open your eyes to what life has to offer". In the novel, the message is too subtle, I guess.

Q7. What was your technique when planning your plot and characters? 

I build the characters, their background and their persona first. Then, the I throw different situations and the characters start reacting by themselves and story moves on.

Q8. What do you love most about writing? 

I am able to reach people whom I would have otherwise not reached up to. I have earned a lot of special friends who start as my readers and go on to become my best friends.

Q9. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

I felt that the portions involving Narayan had a lot of erotica to reflect the pervert nature of the character. I would like to tame down that a bit.

Q10. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life? 

Logistical, Yes. You know it is easy to write a book. It is easy to get it published. It is very difficult to distribute it in the Indian market. Luckily, the book is now available at all leading online stores like infibeam, flipkart, amazon and crossword. It is also available in leading retail outlets like Oxford. The e-book is already a best seller in Amazon and is ranked No.1 among Asian American books and No. 3 in romance thrillers. But this distribution was the big challenge.

Q11. Do you see writing as a career? 

Frankly, Yes.

Q12. What are your current projects? 

I have almost finished an anthology of short stories. It is aimed at the international market.
I am currently writing a mythological thriller which is part of a trilogy.

Q13. Where can people find you on the Internet?

My facebook page is facebook.com/authorabhi

Twiiter page is twitter.com/abhitou

You can write to me at rajarajanabhimanyu@gmail.com

The novel’s web page is at www.whenshallwemeetagain.in


Q14. Before you go how about an excerpt from your book to intrigue and tantalize us.

Another girl meets boy story… 
But the girl and boy , Aarthi and Naren, were lovers five years ago. And they come together in a Swamiji’s training class for software professionals. In the same class are Lisa and Prem. Lisa and Naren had got quite intimate in bed just a few days back. And Prem is a flirt trying to woo Aarthi. Aarthi and Naren are caught up in a quagmire of past against present. And just to spice things up, an old pervert Narayan is part of the group and he looks for an opportunity to seduce the girls. Narayan hires a goon to make his ends meet who is no stranger to rape and murder. Amid high drama, the Swamiji helps each individual find his or her own destiny ……but he too has some dark secrets to hide…..or Does he? 
Passion, Love, Philosophy, Perversion, Thrill, Drama and Wit …..When Shall We Meet Again? has a bit of everything….And there's some intelligent talk as well with lots of life's philosophy thrown in....


Thanks for talking to me, Abhimanyu.
Njkinny's World of Books wishes you the best for all your future endeavors and hopes to read a lot more of your work. :)

Friends, if you have not checked out this book then do so now. The kindle version of the book is FREE on amazon only till 2nd January 2014. :)


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