After years of hectic corporate life across four continents, I wanted do something different, creative and personally satisfying. Like writing fiction.
And so, I created a new fantasy world with a whole new set of mental powers, and set a four-book heroic epic in the world that reflects my own taste in reading – heroism, long odds, and a mix of mental, physical & sorcerous powers.
Tired of extensive physical travel around the world, I now prefer less punishing mental excursions into fictional worlds of my own creation.
What inspires you to write?
The act of creation, be it new worlds, new people or new stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I write fantasy, I just start writing, and discover the world as I go. I have a broad sketch (say, a long quest) in my mind as I write, but the details are missing. I do create character sketches for the main ones, and some basic rules of the ‘magic system’. But I find that these change more often than not.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I don’t. I do however put myself in in their shoes/minds to decide what they would do in a particular situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write for your pleasure. Not for the fame of money.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve done both (self-pub, and traditional pub) under different nom de plumes.
I had first written purely for the enjoyment of my kids. People who read it urged me to publish, I ended up self publishing as Kevan Dinn.
I then wrote crime fiction (under a different nom de plume) targeted at a specific segment of readers, and was happy to see that Hachette picked up the first book and published it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
A new balance between physical and virtual books. A new balance between plain-vanilla text and rich multimedia products. Convergence of writing, games, movies, virtual reality, and a manner of devices.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Crime Fiction
What formats are your books in?