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03 Jul

Starting from touring on a motorbike into a horror book, meet M.B. Mohan…

 

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?

Mohan: I am from a city called Anantapur, which is in Andhra Pradesh state of India. After my graduation, I was campus placed at Deutsche Bank Operations International, Bangalore. After working for almost 3 years, I quit my job there to pursue my career as an Author. My first book, Our Different Paths, which I have self-published in February on Amazon.in and it was well received.

I would describe myself as a constant dreamer and a doer. Though sometimes I just be stubborn about the things I want to achieve, which I really like about myself. Because that quality keeps me away from giving up, which I really don’t like to do.

 

JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?

Mohan: Though I used to tell lot of stories since my childhood, I never wanted to become a writer until I was 19. I was travelling on a bike to some place with my brother. I was watching the countryside scenery and that’s when it struck me. The concept of that story was so interesting that I wanted to write it down and it was then I decided to become a writer.

 

JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

Mohan: Formal education, No. But I read a lot and before I started writing, I read some articles and notes from reputed sites. The do’s and don’ts. Formal education in English language is necessary, if they are writing in English language. It helps them to write correctly without any grammar errors. And in creative writing, I would suggest them to learn the basics and in the meantime as you write and write, it just keeps getting better and better. But if you like going in depth of creative writing, I would yes go ahead.

 

JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

Mohan: Yes, I am a full time author. As I just self-published in February, and the book being in only as eBook, the money from it is very less. But my parents and my brother are being very supportive in this journey to my dreams.

I write my daily goals of next day. So it just makes me to do every task with ease and without any hesitation. And the time for my writing is always fixed in that schedule which makes writing my habit and not just another work.

 

JR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

Mohan: As I said in the 2nd question’s answer, it was a story which I really wanted to tell people, that propelled me to write. As writing helps you to tell a story to a lot of people and your stories live forever. It was Eminem. His songs gave me inspiration to go after my dreams and write. I find his life and songs inspirational.

 

JR: what is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?

Mohan: The lesson I have learned is …. If you keep your heart and soul into what you are doing, the obstacles will perish and you will succeed.

 

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?

Mohan: Yes, I start writing from early morning. Mostly 5.30 A.M. And no specific place. Because I travel often and I write whichever the place I feel comfortable.

 

JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?

Mohan: For my first book it took me 1 month to plan the storyline and 1 and half month to write it. And editing took a half month. Hardest part is consistency and deadlines. Without consistency and a deadline, one takes a lot of time to finish a book.

 

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

Mohan: Yes luckily, for my first book. I had. A friend who was an editor did it for me and from my side I edited the book again (I read it like more than 50 times or so). But for my next book as I am going with a publisher, the editor there will be doing it. And I would love to recommend, but I lost contact with my friend, as he said he will be busy in the coming months in his job.

 

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?

Mohan: I have evolved a lot. My writing and ideas flow naturally these days. It’s all because as you keep on writing, you will get better.

 

JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

Mohan: Yes I do face that problem. But to overcome that, I do meditation and keep my mind as calm as possible. Then later I brainstorm the possible the outcomes of that situation and I slowly start writing the best outcome, then so on.

 

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

Mohan: I marketed my first book on my own. It was hard and frustrating. After all the hard work you have done writing your book, the marketing where you have less expertise is very hard to do on your own. If you over do it, you will look like a salesman, not author. So you have to know how much is sufficient. And yes, you can promote your book and market it. But do it less on your own and ask someone who is best in marketing field, so that they will do it effectively and without any errors.

 

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?

Mohan: These days self-publishing is growing a lot. Most of the authors are not waiting for the publishers to publish. And if someone likes to publish their works, they can just contact a self-publisher.

 

OUR DIFFERENT PATHSJR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

Mohan: One book I have published “Our Different Paths (Part 1)” and my debut novel (Horror) is in progress now. It will be released at the end of this year.

 

JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?

Mohan: There are few genres (Fantasy, love, crime and horror) in which I would love to write. And horror is my first priority. Horror, because since childhood, the thought of ghosts and the thought of what is in the darkness always fascinated me.

 

JR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

Mohan: I love all the books I write. Because I don’t write a book, just because for the sake of writing. It has to amaze me and it should have that X factor. But the one which I am writing now is the best one. The most appealing factor about this book is its mystery and the horror. Probably, one of the best horror stories you will ever read. I am not saying this because it is my book, but as a horror fan myself, I just can’t stop myself from praising it.

 

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?

Mohan: If you have a dream, don’t doubt it. Because it will happen. Patience and consistency are the keys to your success. Hold on to the dream and don’t give up. Keep on writing and don’t think much about what happens after writing a book. You can take care of it later. Always remember, “Write the Draft First and Edit Later”

 

JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?

Mohan: I have an account on Instagram and Facebook. And I have provided the links to connect, below. Feel free to connect.

https://www.facebook.com/AchillesIsHere

https://www.instagram.com/achilles_is_here/

 

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