ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Blogger, YouTuber and now an Author. Arjun Gupta has seen lots of ups and downs in his life. After graduating from high school, he found himself in the clutches of severe clinical depression. After struggling with it for 18 months, he was helped by the people he knew on social media. Since then he has been trying to help the depressed people and sensitize the public on the seriousness of mental illnesses. You can read more of Arjun’s work on www.knightofsteel.com
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
Well, that's a tough one but if I had to go for one, it would be, Joyous.
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
Considering how many aspects it touches, it is hard to conclude all that in one line. "The book is about various aspects of mental health that people don't know enough about or hold misconceptions about." People don't really know how big the burden of mental illnesses is among the armed forces. Between 2007-12, more soldiers died by suicide than from enemy fire, yet, you are unlikely to hear it being a prominent part of any debate on national television about army welfare. This is why I started the book with that.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
It was the A-Z Challenge of 2017. It is a month-long blogging challenge where bloggers write for 30 days with a break every Sunday. A blogging community, Blog Chatter carried out an e-book publishing carnival after that where I got my book published for the first time. A few months later, it was picked up by Earth Vision Publication for paperback publication. I had been writing on mental health before that, and have been doing the same since. My new book is going to be ready for publication soon as well.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
Some people believe that becoming a published author must have been my biggest achievement but I personally hold something else way closer to my heart. Since I started writing, I have had people come up to me for help with their problems or telling me about how my posts or videos helped them or someone they knew. I cherish those messages a lot and believe the lives I have impacted to be my biggest achievement. Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
I think that I chose to do something I wanted to do. When I became a blogger, I didn't plan on publishing books but I slowly ended up building up to it. Many people keep waiting for the right moment to start doing something but for me the decision to start doing something despite it not feeling like the right moment.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
I had a blog in place - www.knightofsteel.com. I had been writing on that for over a year when I decided to compile all my blogs into a book.
Q. Favorite novel?
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. It is a comparatively recent read but I was fascinated by the way Dawkins explained his arguments and put forth his points. It was something that has influenced my writing style now as I try to explain a concept by building a story around it instead of just stating it as a fact.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I tend to struggle with social interactions. It is what stops me from networking and sets me back a bit.
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
I see SALISMANIA.com as a platform for emerging authors. People can use it to reach a wider audience and the readers can peruse books that aren't necessarily mainstream. I believe it is a real pitstop for both authors and readers.