BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Rishabh Patel to Book Lovers World.
Rishabh Patel: Thank you.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.
Rishabh Patel: Well thank you again but there are others too who contributed in this books so I guess ‘yours’ is a bit too odd…isn’t it? *wink*
You shouldn’t have asked that question…you know what, I look to someone else for writing “author bio”.
I guess I’m nothing who sometimes tries to be something.
BLW: Tell us about your short story SHERLOCK & WATSON, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Rishabh Patel: Obviously I felt delighted. And about the story I would say it means a lot because I’m not someone who writes short stories more often. Story is not what you think it is… that’s all I can tell…
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Rishabh Patel: No not at all…they’re right from the world of imagination. And they are nothing you see usually in your daily life. But there is one, one who writes the story in the story, Ashvin. He is from real world…and that’s definitely not me.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Rishabh Patel: We all know them don’t we? Sherlock & Watson. As companions they are marvelous but as friends… we never thought about that, had we? That was the thought which inspired me to write this story. I wanted to write something for them but in a different way.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Rishabh Patel: This one is for my friends and for everyone who believes in Friendship. This is for Sherlock & Watson.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Rishabh Patel: Contest always helps you in sharpening your skills, doesn’t matter online or offline and talking about surprises yes there were… we didn’t have to pay and even after not asking for the contributing fee Sachin decided to share the royalty…hats off to you man for coming up with such an idea. That was something different from the league.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Rishabh Patel: No I don’t. But if you think you can write and ain’t sure about going for a full-fledged novel than you shall blog. It helps a lot but don’t write for others, never.
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Rishabh Patel: When I’m alone…haha… I’m still a student so no office and at home I guess, on the bed.
As they say if you tell someone about your lucky prop the luck fades away… so I think this question is best left unanswered.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Rishabh Patel: If I tell you as a child I wanted to be terrorism, yes terrorism not terrorist, you won’t believe so lawyer.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Rishabh Patel: My writing… just because it sucked a lot when I wrote for the first time and somehow it helps me to write better I guess… but in the end it still sucks.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Rishabh Patel: Comics not books… and specially comics of marvel and dc. They inspire me a lot.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Rishabh Patel: Which one you wanna know about…I have plenty of them.
BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Rishabh Patel: First one is Song of ice and fire complete series by G R Martin.
Second one Think of a number by John Verdon
Third one I would say Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
Fourth one Misery by Stephen King
And the last but not the least The da Vinci code by Dan Brown.
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Rishabh Patel: I really can’t think of any message. Literally I’m not that kind of who gives message. I’m the one who receives them from the last bench.
Thank you so much for your time, Rishabh. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!