An Economics Graduate, Antar Atreya, hailing from the Cultural Town Tezpur, has made his name shine across the entire nation with his extremely praiseworthy writing skills.
His debut novel, The Chronicles of the Mortal Vishnu, which hit the shelves in May, has been a smashing success, selling 3000 + copies in a mere 120 days.
Read what all Antar has to say about this entire successful journey :
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was pretty young when I first thought of becoming a professional writer someday. Actually, I inherited my interest for literature from my parents; as both of them used to write poems and were avid readers. But to be specific when I wrote my first book at the age of 14; I had the desire to become a full-time author.
2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I always had believed that the USP of my writing style is the fact that it is more of a screenplay tone of narration. I write in a way such that readers can actually vividly visualize the scenes and I am really glad that readers, reviewers and critics alike have consented in this belief of mine.
3. What made you write about books on such mythological topic?
Right after my graduation, I was in a dilemma whether to pursue an entrepreneurial career or take up a conventional job. And in that very time due to many personal issues, health ailments and family issues; I developed clinical depression. To overcome it, along with medication I also learnt yoga. And once I was into yoga, suddenly my interest delved into the world of ancient Indian school of thoughts. I then read the Mahabharata, the Bhagwat Geeta and other such Hindu scriptures and realized there is a lot of scope to write fiction, fantasy and re-telling from our ancient Hindu texts.
4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
To be honest, during the process of writing the book I did not find any surprises but while trying to publish it I realized how important networking and previous recognitions are to even meet a good publisher.
5. Do you have any suggestions for the budding writers? If so, what are they?
Yes, every budding author must have her or his own style of writing. Like my uniqueness is the acute description and detailing. Secondly, any author who wants to take up writing as a profession must have an idea about how branding, marketing and online promotions work. The authors must be able to push their books to make the sales chart ringing.
6. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Yes, I receive 3-4 messages on an average daily from my readers and aspiring authors. The biggest compliment has been the few readers who have told my work to be at par with Amish Tripathi, India’s number one author.
7. On what further issues are you thinking to write your next book?
I am currently working on a mythological re-telling. It is actually a story very close to TEZPUR. Apart from that, I am working on certain scripts in the genre of psychological thriller, crime drama and suspense thriller.
8. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story has to be relating and connecting with readers or it must be larger than life. In addition, a good story must have many surprises, conflicts and profound emotions.
9. How was the feel when you got to know that you shall collab with Durjoy Dutta for his pocket engage stories?
I participated in the contest on the insistence of my girlfriend. I previously believed that I could not write concise or micro fiction but once I decided to participate in it, I still remember I had spent 40 hours without sleeping and composed several nano-tales that could win me the contest.
And once the results came out and I heard Durjoy speaking out my name as a winner it was a surreal feeling. I became confident that I could march forward in this industry and I was gladder to see the beaming happiness on the face of my girlfriend.
10. You have been one of the best selling authors and have got such recognitions from Nation’s top media houses. How does it feel? Have this given you an extra kick to write your future books?
It feels amazing! Being recognized by top national newspapers, featuring on TV news and being mentioned by top media has installed in me the confidence to write more. And now there’s a belief that my writing will be widely accepted and that I do not need to look for any job and can rather foray into this domain with more vigor.