Kevin Missal is currently a student. He completed his graduation from Faith Academy, currently studying History Hon. from St. Stephen’s College. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was perhaps nine when I began to play with toys and action figures before moving on to writing and scribbling one page stories after being inspired from Tintin and Batman. There was never really any inspiration. I was always a storyteller and I had been writing since the age of twelve.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
Mostly Classics like Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Jane Austen. Slowly I began reading Percy Jackson series and Pendragon and then moved on to Indian fiction.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Finding an original idea as every other idea is a rehash nowadays. When you find the idea, your book becomes easier to write.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I write what I know. And what I don’t know, I experience and then I write. Research has always been limited to going to places, checking them out and researching on Internet.
What motivated you to write the book “Yama”?
I was fond of Batman. I was fond of graphic novels. I wanted to bring a comic book-ey sort of nature to novels. I also was inspired after learning that the crime rate in Delhi has been increased and sped up leading to complete disarray. It was quite alarming and thus I imagined a man donning up as Yama the god of justice to murder the criminals and whether he was sane in performing this act or not.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Yama”?
Yama features two heroes and two villains. And yes, they are the same people. The first hero/villain is Yama who dons into a costume and murders the scum of the city. He also sends out letters with codes written on it to the protagonist who’s another hero/villain. The hero must decipher the codes and stop the next victim from dying. Taking inspiration from real life characters who are popular, I crafted a short, crisp story that is unputdownable.
How did you come up with the idea of writing thriller fiction genre book?
I read a book by James Patterson and any reader knows who James Patterson is. He’s the world’s richest writer and he’s a thriller writer. I took up his Masterclass. It was informative to learn how thriller is such a wide genre that encompasses so many other genres. This is what I did with Yama. Yama isn’t just a thriller. It’s about love, family, redemption, fantasy, hope, dreams and most of all morality.
Who are your favourite authors?
James Patterson, Frank Miller, Rick Riordan, Paulo Coelho, Jo Nesbon.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
When I take a break I don’t write for months till I find a suitable plot. When I do find a plot, I write four seven to eight hours a day.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t listen to me. I’m like you. I’m a struggling writer. Who you should listen to is learn from your failure and your success, just keep learning and keep observing what you see around. There are so many livid, wide variety of characters/situations/experiences you can pen down because originality comes from your surrounding/ environment.
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