"Have faith in all the hard work you have put in" - Ashutosh Dixit


Ashutosh Dixit is a 23-year old engineering graduate and management student hailing from Pune, the 'City of the Peshwas'. Having travelled extensively within India and abroad since the age of four, he developed a passion for reading and writing fiction and poetry since early childhood. A state-level Silver Medalist in Taekwondo and Skating, Ashutosh is also a fervent foodie, sketch artist, history enthusiast, rock music aficionado and a devoted Manchester United follower. His short story, What Men Do was recently selected for publishing in an anthology titled Men. Currently, Ashutosh is working on an epic fantasy series, as well as another thriller, and hopes to write a diverse range of fiction and poetry for years to come. The Man in the Trench Coat is his debut book.


Q. Characterize yourself in one word?


Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

‘The Man in the Trench Coat" is the struggle between the Man in the Trench Coat, a vigilante killer trying to uproot corruption; ACP Rajeev Shekhar and other law enforcement officers trying to apprehend him, and the powerful corrupt forces within the Indian system that seek to destroy them all.

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?

Before this book, I wrote poems and short stories. My poem ‘Walking in the Storm’ won first prize in the Best Poem Competition on poetry site YoAlfaaz. My short story, ‘What Men Do’ was selected for publication in an anthology titled ‘MEN’. Also, a couple of my poems were selected for publication in a college magazine.

You can read the poem at http://www.yoalfaaz.com/1359/walking-in-the-storm?show=1359#q1359

Q. What has been your biggest achievement?

Getting my debut novel ‘The Man in the Trench Coat’ published.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

I think the most important thing is to have faith in all the hard work you have put in, and try to make them see what makes it a story worth reading. Lots of publishing houses will reject you, so you need to have patience and faith that somewhere your work will be appreciated and you will find someone who gives you a chance.

Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

I didn’t have much of a platform, mostly the people who know me and have read some of my works. Right now, I am promoting the book online via Facebook page, Instagram posts etc. I also had a book launch at Crossword in Aundh and I am looking at a few more promotional events in and around Pune.

Q. Favorite novel?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

Cricket, India’s favourite sport, is the one sport I suck at!

Q. What’s next?

I am presently working on a long-term high fantasy series ‘The Legend of Ashton’. I am also working on two more thrillers which I plan to release in the next couple of years.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

SALISMANIA.com seems like a wonderful platform to showcase the emerging talents in the fields of writing. With good, detailed reviews and excellent planning, I am sure the site will reach greater heights.