Author Highlight: Abhinav Singh Discusses his Book ‘The Last Attractor of Chaos’ and Stories from Life
It’s time for another author interview. Today, with us we have Abhinav Singh; he lives in Patna, India. Recently, he has published a terrific spy thriller called ‘TheLast Attractor of Chaos’. He is a Hollywood movie buff, an eccentric reader, and a foodie. The best innovation to ever happen for a person like him is the Netflix. He loves watching movies, three to four at a stretch and without ads. Reading, anticipating, and understanding Physics is his hobby and teaching physics is his profession.
How do you handle the response of your first novel, ‘The Last Attractor of Chaos’?
Well, there isn’t much response to handle. I’m an Indie author and it’s my first novel. It will take some time to get response from the readers.
Do you think that writing an intense spy thriller novel is as good as writing a normal novel? Please highlight your thoughts on it.
Although it’s my first, I’d say that a thriller would need more research and a writer would have to face more struggle to create twists than in any other genres.
Now, tell us what’s your area of interest (genre) when it comes to writing novels? Is it general fiction or something else that you want to reveal later with the upcoming books?
My interest mostly lies in thrillers. That’s what I’m going to write in the years to come. But they will always involve some concepts from different streams of science or humanities.
Do you think writing a book from the comfort of bedroom or study room is possible?
I think it’s possible but a writer must be left to himself. In my case it wasn’t possible as I have two kids, one of them is just an infant. So in my house, I was never completely at peace.
Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?
I love the beach side but I ain’t that lucky. I live in a third tier city and have a job to keep. So, I wrote where I could get some peace, like the parking area of my apartment or in my car, parked near a chaiwalla’s shop, occasionally ordering cups of tea.
Did you do proper research before penning down this book or was it something based on personal life?
Yes, a huge amount of research was needed. Indian spy agencies have different ways of working than their international counterparts and I needed a glimpse of it. Coincidently we don’t have much about them in popular culture. I was even amazed that our films have continuously have used a wrong acronym of RAW all this time. It’s actually R&AW.
What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell or did you live in the defence ambiance to pen down this book.
I have never lived in a defence establishment. Some information came in from the world wide web, some from the books. The inspiration was to write about a badass female protagonist. The first impression that came into my head was a spy. My upcoming novels and stories will be about some bold female protagonists or antagonists.
What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?
Well, I don’t know if something crossed me as a big learning experience. It was a pretty smooth process with my editors and publishers.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?
The best thing I ever did, was to approach Frank Krishner. He guided me through the writing process and taught me a lot of things I know.
Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?
The only piece of advice I can give to anyone on writing is this - learn to write before you write. Everything can be learned. A wannabe writer has to write a lot and then edit it and edit it again. If you can face this monotonous, boring aspect of writing, you can be a writer.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know.
I never used to score well in my English writing class and writing is the last thing, I thought I would do on earth.
Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
Working on two books now. The first is the sequel to ‘The Last Attractor of Chaos’. The second one is also a thriller about a badass female antagonist.
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