We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Abhay Adil – the author of ‘The 10K Bug’. In this interview, he talks about his writing aspirations, and the route to getting his books published. Stay on...while we chat with him.
What inspired you to write this science fiction?
What really inspired me to write this story, unlike most of my other works, was a passing thought ‘If Y2K happened because used two digits to write years, what would happen in the year 9,999?’. So, I started to imagine and came up with a story that became ‘The 10K Bug’. Furthermore, at that time I was delving into galactic civilization and empire and wanted to try to write something like that.
Do you think AI is future and it can ruin the human existence?
The future of AI is inevitable and will continue to grow, this in itself can be a good thing or bad depending on how we as a species handle it. Just like the atomic power, it is only as good as the application it is used for. Humans have in the past proven that greed could ruin a great innovation, with plastic pollution and nuclear bombs. We need to be careful what and how we develop and use AI for.
What else drives you other than writing fiction?
I love to make sketches and random doodles, it’s a great way to relax.
How did you find your writing chord, or were you a born writer?
I have always been imaginative and have made up story early on when I was just a little kind, but it was mere fun and games to me at that time. When I was in school I was not particularly fond of reading or even writing for that matter. I still remember reading English literature from school, but that was something the curriculum dictated us to read. One day a stumbled upon a book kept by my grandfather, he mostly read law books, but this book was a fiction. I started reading it and found it to be quite entertaining and then after reading more I felt I should try to write my own stories.
How do you handle the response of this book, especially from your friends and relatives?
There as been some good response, some improvement tips and pointers. I have had good support and encouragement from friends and family. Overall, I am happy with it and will continue to experiment with my writing.
What are some of your favourite novels and authors?
H.P. Lovecraft would be my favourite author which is quite obvious from my other works. Apart for Lovecraft I am a big fan of H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King and Frank Herbert.
What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?
I am still learning the publishing game and it’s a continues process, from ‘The 10K Bug’ I have been able to experiment with formatting and editing. Proof reading and editing are the things that really bug me, still it’s a necessary aspect that is important. Throughout the work on ‘The 10K Bug’ I have improved upon these skills.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?
Consistency, I would say. It is important to keep doing what you love doing even if you don’t succeed at first, you have to keep at it and always try to improve your craft.
Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?
There is nothing I can advise that is not already known, all I can say is never give up and never stop learning.
Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?
I prefer to write indoor, in my own room as I like to focus in silence. But from time to time I have to squeeze time and have to do my writing my phone while commuting, this isn’t preferable as it is more prone to mistakes.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
Personal things! Well… can’t think at the moment.
Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
I am working on different things, there is one that I will be releasing soon called ‘Revibe’ it is more of a psychological story then sci-fi or horrow. But it does have a sci-fi element to it, in form of a mind enhancing drug.