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Author Highlight: Saurish Hegde Discusses his Book ‘The Game of Secrets’ and Stories from his Life

It’s time for another author interview. Today, with us we have Saurish Hegde; he lives in Mangalore, India.

Kindly tell us a bit about you.

I’m 22 years old, completed my MBBS course currently doing my internship in Kasturba medical college, Mangalore. I have been a reader since school, interested in biographies, thrillers. I’m also interested in all sports as well.

How do you handle the success of your first novel The Game of Secrets?

I feel grateful firstly to get my book published by a good upcoming publisher this early, and with the great reviews pouring in. I feel satisfied.

Do you think that writing an intense science-fiction novel is as good as writing a normal novel? Please highlight your thoughts on it.

Science fiction is better than writing a normal novel, reason being we are progressing towards a very tech oriented future. People are more concerned about the science behind the everyday life making Science fiction relatable to the present and the future context. Yes, it is better than the 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?

I always like to intertwine the genres. I feel a novel should encompass all the genres, but yes I prefer science fiction, thrillers, fantasy.

Do you think writing a book from the comfort of bedroom or study room is possible?

Yes it is definitely possible. Writing is a result of the state of mind, and yes the surroundings do play a part but once we are totally engaged with the mind, the surroundings just disappear. A suitable calm environment will help in the process of writing of course.

Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?

For my first book I wrote from my room. But often I try and write wherever I can. No rules and regulations when it comes to writing. It is a free and liberating process.

Did you do proper research before penning down this book or was it something based on personal life?

It was a mixture of both. I did some research for the technical aspects but mostly it was from personal inspiration.

What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell.

Everyone wants to write a book. Every reader wants to write a book. I decided to act on it and happy that it has met its appropriate destiny.

What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?

The process just reinstated the fact that, hard work and patience is the only way to achieving your goal. Getting the book out to the world takes time and hard work. There is no other way. We have to go through it and keep moving forward. It will happen.

Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?

I think, again it’s not giving up. That is the only quality required in any field.

Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?

Writing, for me is something which is not bound by rules and regulations. It is a liberal process across genres, letting our thought process expands in all directions.

Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

LOL! Nothing right now.

Any future books that you would like to discuss now?

Yes, working on a book. Will surely announce once decided.

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