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?
Well, my name is Kartik, but the author’s name is Krysis. My age is 20, while Krysis is yet to be born. He sent me the manuscript for The Unconventional Winner via a space-time warp, so technically he is from the future and my job right now is to include him in this interview too.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from India, but in 2015 I came to USA as an international student. Krysis refuses to give any demographic information as it is important for him to hide his identity in case his rivals decide to search him in the future past.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am the second son to my parents, and my education was in India up till High School, but in the middle of my high school I transferred to USA to get a HS Diploma and Associates Degree from Green River College in Auburn, WA. After that, I transferred to Iowa State University to get a bachelors in Physics. I want to be a researcher one day, but I have a lot of other interests that I am exploring simultaneously. Writing is one of them.
Krysis works at Secret Association for Deep Space Special Tasks. This organization is supposed to be formed during my lifetime, so I am excited.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just started working on an online start-up idea, so I am excited on this new project. I am also starting a blog of short-stories based in Sprachia. These stories are actually experiences of Krysis when he first arrived on Sprachia as an alien (thus the name, Stories From Sprachia).
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing at a very young age (7) and my first attempt at a novel was when I was in fourth grade. Of course, it was bad, but it still motivates me when I look at it and see my childish dream of becoming a young author. I guess I love to express myself through the characters I create. I find it hard to do that in real life. The stories that Krysis is sending are, of course, true. However, I can still relate myself to a lot of these important people on future Sprachia.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
About 8 years ago, when I was in eighth grade. I was writing another novel that time, and it was more like a mixture of HP, LoTR and Karazan. That’s the first time I actually considered myself a writer. Unfortunately, the copy of that 200-pages worth of work got deleted after a computer crash. I didn’t have access to cloud storage back then.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A lot of things, but mainly the desire to write about a larger-than-life character who is going through an intellectual and emotional transition because of his own intelligence.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That was the first thing I came up with. Even before I knew what the story is, or what the name of my characters are, or what the plot is based upon. I knew only one thing before I wrote my first word or thought of the first scene – that my book has to be named The Unconventional Winner. And then boom! Krysis appears out of nowhere and tells me that he has a story for the world to read.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My writing style is a bit like Hemingway (not comparing at all… he is a legend). I do not like to describe the surroundings too much. I rather stick to the head of the characters and show the world through their perspectives. Most people are not going to consciously notice what color the wall in their room is, or what shirt their friend is wearing, or that the trees are a bit greener than the day before. People tend to ignore small things because there is a lot going on in their minds. I like to explore that. I like to talk about what the characters are thinking and talking about. I find describing the tone of a dialogue hard because I need exactly the image that is in my mind to also be in the readers’ minds. The writing depends heavily upon the characters’ feelings and mind-set, so to really understand the story, it is important for readers to visualize the expressions.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Oh, as far is Krysis is concerned, the book is 100% real and these events actually do take place about 270 years from today on the first exoplanet that humans find life on. I cannot say this to him on his face, but I think he is adding a little too much spice into this. I don’t mind that. For me, I can relate my whole personality with bits and pieces of the different characters of the book.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Duh, Krysis literally travelled to an exoplanet via a wormhole to tell this story, so yeah I would say he has to travel. I, on the other hand, only need to sit in front of my laptop and wait for him to appear out of the blue to tell me about this.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A good friend of mine – Hayato Mori.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a lot of subtle messages, but the most important one is about all the questions that ordinary people are ignoring right now that will come and haunt them in the future.
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?
I have two favorite writers whose books/stories I read even before I touched Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire. They are children’s writer V.M. Jones from New Zealand and famous satirist Saki (aka H. H. Munro). I read The Serpents of Arakesh when I was 10 years old, and the Karazan series’ third book still is my favorite. On the other hand, I love Saki’s short stories because of the characteristic wittiness and punchlines they have.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend, Raghav Mandhana, was a big supporter throughout the process. We just celebrated a decade of close friendship, and I am sure we will keep supporting each other on more endeavours.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Well, it is a career. My main focus is on being a theoretical physicist and an entrepreneur, but I also want to be a writer. I don’t expect to earn a lot of money out of it, so this would be a side career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would slow down the pace a bit toward the end, and try to correct the typos and errors that are in the book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
A lot. I had to do read a lot about mind-uploading, artificial intelligence, and learn a lot of terms in neuroscience and physics. Since the book involves an international level crime and investigation, I had to learn a lot about forensic procedures and federal investigations as well.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That’s easy. Christian Bale. In fact, many readers actually think the book has a great script for a movie, and my father actually suggested sending it to a producer to consider making it into a film. It’s a far-fetched dream but one that can be true one day. I think TUW can be a great episode for Black Mirror.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Start writing, and you will get into the flow.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Read The Unconventional Winner very carefully, because there are too many things that you do not want to miss. A lot of dialogues and events are subtle hints to a major plot point. The story goes on up until the last word, and also take a look at the back cover (it’s a hint for the next part).
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Backpack Literature by Kennedy, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths, and Classical Mechanics by John Taylor. Senior year is not an easy.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
A lot of Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine, but Karazan was my first real novel.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Songs by Imagine Dragons.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This is a tough question, as there are so many people on this list. However, the top name on it is probably Albert Einstein. I don’t think I need to give you the reason. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to work on creative projects and see them finish from scratch to a final product. I like creating digital content like images, videos, blogs, websites, etc. Most of my blogs are under secret names so I can’t talk about those. I play video games in free time, or binge-watch YouTube videos. I love playing Cricket, Tennis and any other sports.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Dark comedy is my current favorite genre, but I love a good suspence/ thriller or sci-fi/ fantasy movie/ TV show. Favorite movie of all time – The Dark Knight Rises. Favorite TV show – Game of Thrones.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food – anything Indian.
Color – Navy Blue
Music – Anything by Imagine Dragons (Zero is my current favorite)
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I am probably too busy being Prime Minister of India or President of ISRO or the richest person in the world.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would write the best story there is to write, because at that point nothing else can stamp my name in the history. Plus, people will buy it anyways out of sympathy, so my family might make some fortune.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
There is no body buried as the person now lives as a robot and donated his biological parts.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Watch out for my upcoming blog called Stories From Srapchia. In the meantime, I am active on Twitter (@Krysis_TUW) and on deviantArt (http://krysis07.deviantart.com).
Here’s the link to my Amazon Author Center page: https://www.amazon.com/Krysis/e/B07GG8VBNS/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_
The link to my book is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1543703291/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1