About Savio Dawson:
Savio is a resident of Mumbai, India, who grew up on everything sci-fi. Science Fiction has its own charm of unravelling mysteries, boldly going where no man has gone before [yeah I know it is from Star-trek :)] and to seek and find explanations for the unexplained. This is more or less what excites a true sci-fi enthusiast.
Savio is one of the enthusiasts too and he is presenting his own version here. Mystery surrounds us in many ways and it is mammoth in proportion to what we know. No one knows what lies beneath the ocean; no one knows what lies beyond our solar system; no one knows how vast the universe is; no one knows if any other extra-terrestrial form exists, but still the pursuit of knowing the unknown will continue unabated and will continue to excite us. This excitement is what Savio attempts to bring out in his books.
Savio is blessed with a supportive family and has a day job in India. Writing is his passion and he also writes for many blogging sites. When not writing and not working, which, of course, happens a lot of time, Savio likes to while-away and watch sci-fi movies.
What inspires you to write?
Firstly, thanks for having me here. Now, coming to the writing part, it is the sheer freedom to create what I want to create is what inspires me. It is up to the writer, in this case, me, to create a world without limitations, make things work the way I want it, and while doing this bring out a beautiful story. I think this is what inspires me to sit and write (smiles).
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is quite simple. Like any of my esteemed counterparts, I start with an idea which I put down on paper and then create a plot around the idea. At the beginning, I would give a little vague face to the plot with minimal characters and locations. Thereafter, I start writing. Once I am on with the writing, I go back to the plot only after at least 20% of the story is written.
There is a reason why I do that. Sometimes, when you are writing the story, a new path emerges and according to me, it is only wise to take up that path. If I were to wait and look back at the original plot then I am letting go of a brilliant build-up, which could potentially make the story glum. My personal experience says to go with the flow once the momentum has been built.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Actually, it is quite more than that. I become the character. I think that is what happens with most fiction writers. Coming back to me, it is only obvious that I care for my character and ensure that the most definitive and defining action takes place. I will perceive a problem, situation or challenge for my character, as I would look at it, and then derive the next step. So, that’s how I converse with a character.
What advice would you give other writers?
For writers out there, here is one thing that you need to keep in mind. There will be too many noises around and even our own internal judgment which will keep on comparing, keep on suggesting, and keep on confusing. These are the precise ones which should be ignored and you should go out and write your story. Once the story is there on paper then that is when you rationalize parts or aspects of your book. If you start doing it anytime before completing the book, I assure you, you will not reach the end. Even if you reach the end, chances are that you will not be happy about it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I tried all three – traditional, vanity and self – and I am glad that I went with self-publishing. This does not mean that there is no merit in the other two, I mean, who would argue with the validity of traditional publishing? The only thing that put me off with traditional publishing is the time taken. We have to wait endlessly for the verdict to come out. Now that the book is out there, I have had few publishing companies approaching me, but I have not gone with anyone yet.
Vanity is a tricky business. You are actually doing all that you do in self-publishing and yet are paying someone to do it for you. It works out for super-busy people but not for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We are in an exciting phase wherein publishing itself is maturing and evolving. There was a time when any publishing outside of traditional publishing was considered as non-existent, then came the phase of self-published authors seen with contempt, then a slow acceptance and now few self-published authors making six figure income on their own. Who’s to say that this may well be the future, either moving hand-in-hand with traditional publishing or completely over-hauling it?
The trend is quite visible as more and more traditional publishers are watching the self-published space and even taking over few vanity publishers, so the opportunities and realties are innumerable. Exciting phase for sure!!
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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