Sudeep Nagarkar is a popular contemporary author of five bestselling novels. His books are inspired from real life incidents and anyone can connect with them easily. He is the recipient of the 2013 Youth Achievers’ award for writing and for being one of the highest selling romance writers in India.
Excerpts from talk:-
1. You are the best-selling romantic writer in the country. Why only Romance? Why not any different genre?
I feel comfortable writing in this genre and I believe through my books if I can give some positive message to the youth of today, then my work is done. My books are more focused on relationships and friendships rather than romance. For me, it is not about how many copies my books are selling; it’s about portraying the right message!
2. Did you always wanted to be a Writer?
I was an author by chance but of course, I have taken it as a full time career by choice as it’s my passion! Personal tragedies made me an author but today I feel, I could not have done anything better than writing books.
3. Do you believe in Love at first sight?
Valentine’s Day is near and we are aware that today’s generation really take relationships lightly. I personally believe that you can like a person at first sight, but loving someone is a challenge and a responsibility. So one should be really prepared to get into a relationship rather than regret later which could hurt the emotions in him/her towards love.
4. How important are the names of characters to you in your books?
Generally, my characters are relatable as my stories are inspired from real life. I firmly believe that the names of the character somewhere make readers visualize them and hence for me, it’s really important to keep the names which can connect with the readers.
5. What challenges you face as a full time writer?
Answering questions like ‘What do you do apart from writing in your life’ or ‘What do you exactly do when you are not writing for the whole day.’ Generally these questions are asked at family functions. (Laughs).
6. Authors who inspire you?
For me, my readers inspire me! I do not aspire to be like someone else. No one really inspires me to that extent but the love of readers over the past four years is unbelievable.
7. Many young writers face difficulties to get their work published? Did you go through the same phase? Your advice in this situation.
Yes, no one is spared. I faced many rejections, more than half a dozen for sure. But if it was an easy path, I wouldn’t have valued my success. I know the pains to get published and to get a little appreciation from readers. Hence, I always make it a point to reply to each and every one personally through my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Also, I believe that one has to be extremely patient and honest towards writing. If it’s your passion, then continue writing, else stay away as it can lead you to depression.
8. How do you handle criticism?
That’s a tricky question. But if it’s a genuine criticism, I try to implement it in my next work. However, as a writer, I understand that I cannot satisfy each and every reader out there.
9. Mantras that you live by.
Party hard, live with your friends and spread the love!
10. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
They can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Also, just walk in to the bookstores to buy the books or Amazon, Flipkart is just a click away!