ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Avishek Gupta is the author of the popular Kindle e-book That Stupid Bug Called Love. He works in a senior position in a leading software organization. Over the years, Avishek has had multiple short stories, poems, articles, and blogs published in various magazines, corporate newsletters, and websites.
Other than writing, Avishek's hobbies include reading, music, movies and quizzing. He works and lives in Kolkata.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
15/1 Story Avenue contains 15 short stories with which any reader can easily connect to, identify and enjoy.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
This book contains all the short stories that I had written from my early college life till date. Some of these had been published in various online portals earlier and received rave reviews from the readers. I wanted to put them all under one cover and gift my readers a feast of varied tastes that they are bound to enjoy. Thanks to Author Paradise Publishers for making my dream come true!
Prior to 15/1 Story Avenue, I had published a Kindle e-book, That Stupid Bug Called Love, a collection of 9 short stories.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
I have had many achievements in my career as a software professional. As an author, my biggest success till date is to sell my book at the Kolkata Book Fair 2017. Thanks to M.C. Sarkar & Sons Publishers, for keeping my book in their stall at the book fair. It was a proud moment for me when I visited the stall with my mother.
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
I researched a lot to find the right kind of publisher that can do justice to my book. I am a relative newcomer and I consider myself lucky to get traditionally published with my first book. Also, I studied the market a lot before the book was published and had a good marketing plan in place. While the book fair gave me a good platform, my marketing on social media made me reach the masses and connect with the youth of the nation who look forward to good books ardently.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
My biggest platform to connect with readers is through my Facebook author page. I keep the page active through regular posts, interactive contests, and giveaways. It has helped me a great deal to promote myself and market my book. Of course, my publisher has been very proactive and helped me a lot in this regard. I am also active on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram. I do run a blog and contribute as a guest blogger to several online portals. I have also tried my best to promote other Indian authors and advise newcomers to the best of my capacity.
Q. Favorite novel?
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
Most of the story ideas come to my mind just out of thin air and then I elaborate them. Sometimes I get the ideas in my dream too and write them down when I wake up. It has been happening to me from the age of seven, which sometimes gives me the feeling that writing, perhaps, is my vocation in this life.
Q. What’s next?
Up next is my debut novel Visions of a Summer Past, a supernatural thriller depicting the lives of five generations in a family. Their story run in parallel with the changing history of India, and encompasses important historical events, such as the Indian Independence movement, partition, labour unrest of the 1960s, Naxalite movement of the 1970s, and the tenets of the present day world, such as terrorism, Information Technology, social media and popular culture. The story is currently going through the final phases of editing.
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
I think SALISMANIA.com is doing a great job as a youth magazine. I find their effort to promote Indian English literature particularly commendable, at the same time they are also taking up other interesting subjects, such as Sports and Fashion. I wish this venture all the best. The sky is the limit for you guys!