A quick author introduction (Courtesy: Goodreads)
Kevin Missal is a 21-year-old graduate of St. Stephen’s College, who has written four novels till now ranging from crime to mythology to horror. He had written his first book at the age of 14, which was released by the Chief Minister of Delhi. His second book was written at the age of 16 and was published by a British indie-press. He is a pioneer in writing the World’s First InstaRead and is a bestseller on Amazon under horror category. He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Kalamos Literary Services, which publishes and promotes fledgling writers to make a mark in the literary industry. He currently lives in Delhi
I am glad to have received and read the book Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu. Thank you, Kevin, for the copy and the appreciation. I had a few questions in my mind and Kevin was kind enough to answer them. Here’s what he has to say about himself and the book.
- The plot has been based on mythological events. What was your inspiration?
Many fantasy and thriller books inspired me, even films like Star Wars. Inside the book, there is a disclaimer where I even wrote this book is a tribute to Game of Thrones and Star Wars fans.
- How many books is this series supposed to have? Did you have it all planned beforehand?
I have to plan out since it makes things easier to create subtle references throughout the story. It’s a trilogy and it begins with the beginning of Kaliyug to the end of Kaliyug and the cycle of Satyayug starting again.
- How long did you take to finish this novel?
It took me a month to write and two months to draft the outline.
- Any favorite Mythological story or event that you want to share?
I always liked Ashwatthama’s story, about how he was cursed until Kaliyug. He was the seed from which Kalki trilogy was created.
- What is the best thing someone has ever said to you (as a writer)?
Just write. It was Ruskin Bond who said it when I asked him the mantra behind good writing. He said, “Just write”. And I think it speaks volumes because good writing is a product of eight to ten years of rigorous everyday writing.
- What kept you going?
My passion, the support of my parents and my wild, crazy imagination.
- What are your hobbies, other than writing?
I like to read a lot and love to listen to movie soundtracks.
- Is there a book you are working on currently? (other than the sequel)
No, I am not. Kalki had left me exhausted, draining me so much and now Kalki’s promotion is killing me.
- One book you want everyone to read?
Everyone must read the Hobbit once in their lifetime. I was fourteen when I read it in my school’s library. It just changed my world. One must never forget, just because its fantasy doesn’t mean it has no life lessons to it. Hobbit taught me one must escape from the comforts of his hole and grow up, venture into the unknown and become a hero.
- Word of advice to the young writers out there?
You’ll be a good writer if you repeat the process once in a week or twice or thrice. Read a lot. Plan one novel and try to get it published, by hook or crook. Get humiliated by the public. Let reviewers bash it for being childish and bad. Everyone must remember, art is an evolving process. You can never grow into a good writer if you are not humiliated by hundreds of readers. And also, yes, save a lot of money for promotions.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
If only I had a mirror that can show me. But no, in ten years I’ll be still writing and still perfecting my art.
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Well, that’s all for today 🙂
Meanwhile, you can read my review for Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu here 🙂