Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hi Fiona! Thank you for having me here.

PVS : My name is Prakash Vir Sharma. I was born on 31st August,1973.

Fiona: Where are you from?

PVS : I was born in a very small village of U.P. in India and currently living in W.B. (India).

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

PVS : I have graduated in Science and Education, post graduated in Economics and Management. Currently, I am working in the field of engineering with India’s leading steel company as Senior Manager. I am posted in City Of Joy (Kolkata) and living with my wife, one son and one daughter.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

PVS : Fiona ! I have published two books as co-author with a vanity publisher. There are my two self published books also. My first self-published book “Kathputli” (March’17) was in news from social media to national print media. I participated in StorytellerUK2017 contest where my second self published book “Life in Shackles” (May’17) stood first on the basis of customer reviews. The most recent news is that my short story “Gudiya” (The Doll) and “Bahu ka Kanyadan” (Bestowing of a Bride) was read online on and Indian publishing platform “Pratilipi” by 4.5K and 5.9K readers respectively.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

PVS : When I was doing my graduation, I came in contact with the chief editor and owner of a weekly newspaper. It was starting of my writing career. I would correct it from career to passion for writing. I continued writing articles for various newspapers since 1990 to around 1995. Then I started writing novels. I have completed one but couldn’t find resources to get it published. Hence, stopped the second novel in middle. Slowly, the time came when I hardly found time for writing due to job and family responsibilities. I completely stopped writing around the year 2000.

I exactly remember it was the year 2011 when I registered my presence on Facebook but couldn’t find the time to continue. In 2013, I continued my hobby of writing and in December’2014, I got an account on Createspace. It was the time when I was inspired from “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

PVS : I felt proud to be a writer when I self published my first book in March’17.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

PVS : I am always helpful to people in need. I always felt myself in pain when I saw someone in trouble. When I started earning in 1993, I used to donate. For me, donation is not all about money, it may be donation of anything like time, providing guidance or consultancy, clothing or food as per need if the hour or availability of resources. When I joined Facebook, it was because of a grand revolution. I found a platform to express my thoughts but later, when the revolution turned political, I distanced myself. I was alone again, I continued on Facebook because it was the only platform where I was able to publish without editor’s rejections. But, in India, Facebook turned into a political media and then sometimes I found it difficult to find my own thoughts when I need those. Hence, an idea stroke my mind to write books on social evils. In last 24 years, I have already written a lot, so writing book was not difficult for me. Self-publishing made it easy and I published my first independent book “Kathputli” which has 14 short stories on various political, religious and social issues. Publication of “Kathputli” was just like giving wings to my passion for writing and social service. I never thought to make money from it. I distributed more than 200 copies of it in eBook and print form because my sole purpose is to serve the society by attracting people towards thinking about social issues. Now, I am sure whether I will be alive or dead but my thoughts will remain in the world forever.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

PVS : For title selection, the credit goes to my wife, children and facebook friends. I select some names after discussing with my family members and post on social media. It make the toughest things easy. ☺

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

PVS : Yes, I have a specific writing style and sometimes my regular readers also find it difficult to understand what I mean but once they got it, they appreciate a lot.

I have multiple skills. I love to read and write short stories, novel, self-help. My write-ups demonstrate my knowledge and interest in Social service, Psychology, Philosophy, Management and Spirituality.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

PVS : Though my books are fiction but the characters and situations are very much realistic. Readers may find my characters and plot nearby. I have seen my character’s struggling and setting themselves as an example. My stories are on social issues and very inspirational.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

PVS : Actually, I spent on an average one week per month in travel. I write while traveling, staying in hotels, sitting on river banks or sea beaches. ☺

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

PVS : My book covers are designed by my best friend from Facebook, Mr Basant Goswami who is a professional designer.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

PVS : Of course, you pick any of my book, read any story, you will openly accept that you never thought of like this. Every story has a specific message. I read the reactions from readers on all publishing platforms and get engaged with readers.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

PVS : It’s really tough to answer because there are many. However, I enjoyed two short stories from Ms Vandna Jakar and Ms Aarti Razdan. Vandana’s write up is on administrative issues and Aarti has written “Woman of Substance”. Both short books are based on “Empowerment”.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

PVS : Basant Goswami made it possible.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

PVS : Still, I have not thought to make a full time career in writing but definitely I will start consultancy for aspiring authors free of cost and some paid services like formatting, promotion, reviews etc at a very nominal fee anywhere between USD 5 to 20. I have an idea to develop a self publishing plateform for aspiring authors.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

PVS : Yes, readers suggestions and reviews may be considered, if they are genuinely for improvement.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

PVS : Fiona ! I have learnt a lot. I have formatted my book as per requirements of Smashwords, Createspace, Draft2Digital, Pronoun, KDP. I am promoting and marketing myself and satisfied with the results. I got none to help me in self-publishing. I learned it all through blogs and community of these self-publishing platforms. I learned blogging, reviewing and editing. Currently, I have reach of my blog in around 35 countries.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

PVS : Either ‘Maulana Handle’ of my story “The Tatter” ( Life In Shackles) or ‘Mirza’ from my another story “Tarakki Ka Raaz” (The Secret of Success) from my first self-published book “Kathputli”.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

PVS : Read a lot and write a lot. The best reader is always a best author.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

PVS : Always read your favorite genre so that you can enjoy your investment in buying a book.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

PVS : Just finished “Woman of Substance” and will start a motivational book written by Ms Aditi Agrawal.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

PVS : My Hindi language’s Alphabetical book. LOL

I started reading from our religious book “Ramcharitmanas”.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

PVS : I usually laugh. ☺

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

PVS : I love to meet a common man, beyond cast, religion and politics.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

PVS : I love reading, writing, singing and the most is Facebook. LOL

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

PVS : I don’t have that much time and don’t like to sit long hours continuously but love Comedy, Songs and social shows/films.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

PVS : I am pure vegetarian. My favorite colors are Blue and Pink. I love Classical.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

PVS : Obviously, I would love to read and teach.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

PVS : Never thought of. If you have an idea, pls share after this interview. ☺

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My Blog :
https://www.pvsharmablog.wordpress.com

My Links :

Amazon Author Pages :

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B072PCYJL1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B072PCYJL1

Goodreads Author Page :

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16683

Pronoun Author Page :

https://books.pronoun.com/pvs/

Facebook Profile :

https://www.facebook.com/prakaash.sharma.5

Twitter :

https://twitter.com/Prakaashsharma

Pinterest :

https://www.pinterest.com/prakash2484/

Book Links :

Life In Shackles :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072LF28ZL

Kathputli :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071GHNSMV

Mindset And Passion – The Psychology Of Success (Pre-order) :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074CSRCVT