We are in conversation with Vikrant Khanna the best-selling author of ‘When Life Tricked me’ where he talks about the whole thought process behind his new book. He also shares with us his views on love and some other stuff.
Let’s Talk with Vikrant Khanna
Team WordBite (TWB): Tell us a little bit about your journey into writing and your motivation behind the same?
Vikrant Khanna (VK): Being a sailor, I have all the time in the world, both literally and metaphorically. Once during a long voyage crossing the Pacific, I thought of giving a shot at writing, since I have always admired the art of good storytelling. The first draft of my first book was completed in that one month voyage. That is what fuelled my interest in writing.
TWB: How does it feel being so young and living the dream?
VK: I’m not that young, by the way. Ha! Anyway it feels awesome to be doing what I want to do. This is just the beginning, however, I have to write many more books and garner a much bigger readership base.
TWB: Well who is Vikrant apart from your Author’s Bio? The readers want to know more about you.
VK: I’m a Captain in merchant navy, been sailing for the past decade. I love a great story be it in the form of a book, a movie, or theatre. I’ve written 3 books so far. My first “When life tricked me” is a national bestseller. The second “The India I dream of” and the third “Love lasts forever” published last month.
TWB: What is your schedule? How do you manage your work and writing?
VK: It’s a pretty normal routine like everyone else the highlight of the day being a regular two hour shift that I try spending everyday for writing.
TWB: Tell us something about the contents and characters of the book. Also the character that’s your personal favorite.
VK: Love lasts forever is a story of youth, of falling in love, then falling out of love and taking your love for granted when you are blessed with it, and finally when put in a difficult spot in life realizing how much that love means to you. In this case the protagonist is stuck with the pirates of Somalia.
TWB: What triggered your imagination to write this story? How did you imagine the concept, the characters, etc?
VK: A friend of mine got married to his girlfriend of seven years. They were the ideal couple for marriage. “This is exactly how a couple should be,” we all would say before their marriage. And a month after the marriage, we’d say, “This is exactly how a couple shouldn’t be.”
And then I knew I got my idea!
TWB: What do you think is a challenging job? To pen down, to get published or to reach masses?
VK: The easiest is to pen down a book and the hardest is to sell it and reach out to the masses.
TWB: Any memorable moment you would like to share happened while you were writing this story?
VK: There is a scene in the book inspired by true events. The Somalian pirates are torturing the crew members. In this particular scene a pirate smashes the jaw and breaks the teeth of a crewmember and then sets another one ablaze to demonstrate to the ship Captain what they can do if they don’t get their ransom. This scene was narrated to me in my maritime college by someone who had actually experienced something similar happen on his hijacked ship. When the same person read the first draft of my book, he was completely enamoured by the way I’d described that and said he actually felt goose bumps because he relived the scene.
TWB: What is the best and the worst part about being an author in your opinion?
VK: The best part that you are being creatively challenged every single day of your life and the worst part is that there is a lot of hard work involved.
TWB: When was the last time you did something for the first time?
VK: Last week when I went for a writing seminar in a school in Gurgaon.
Favorite author/s: Agatha Christie, Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, John Green, Nicholas Sparks
Favorite book/s: And then there were none, Stranger in the mirror, P.S. I love you, Fault in our stars
Describe yourself in three words: Eccentric, Passionate, Driven
TWB: Lastly any message for the readers?
VK: I’d like to tell my readers I love a great story and I promise you’ll get one in every book of mine. I always look forward to stimulate all your senses while reading my books.