Ravi Krishnan completed his Bachelors in Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and has a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, New York. He works as a Technical consultant with a company called JDA Software in Bangalore. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I have always liked telling stories. I came back to India in 2010 and made a SciFi film, “Light Year Man” and then figured that I am better at writing than directing. So I continued writing scripts and then short stories and then finally the novel.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
I loved comics like the Tintin, Asterix, Tinkle and Champak. Later loved the Agatha Christie novels and then fell in love with Michael Crichton’s novels.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The greatest challenge for me is to write something that would make it a little different from all the rest of the stories that have been told so far. If you look closely everything out there is always inspired by something that came before it, which is fine but what makes a great book is when there is this small element of ingenuity in it. That’s what I am aiming for.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I do a lot of research and though I continuously read about science I also tend to pick certain topics that I want to use for my stores and dig deeper. This is what I love about writing Science Fiction where I learn more as I write.
What motivated you to write the book “The Fall of Pritu: Juggernaut”?
A certain parts of the character Vikram is from my own life but I wanted to tell our mythology as SciFi instead of just fantasy as we see it now. And I wanted to explores myths and give a certain life to those stories that would thrill us as an audience.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “The Fall of Pritu: Juggernaut”?
The The Fall of Pritu is the book 1 of the series and starts with the protagonist Vikram being discovered as the one who has to face the greatest threat to Earth, Lord Krit who has intentions of destruction and chaos. Vikram has a genetic past connected to an ancient mythological hero and has to become one now when the world needs. Yet Lord Krit’s powers are super natural considering he is an extra-terrestrial and the book shows how Vikram stands up to the fight. Can he survive and save the world? The Book 2 would delve deeper into their conflict.
How did you come up with the idea of writing Mythological SciFi fiction genre book?
I always wanted to write SciFi and have been writing so till now. Also our mythology has been barely explored mixing it with SciFi so I decide to write that.
Who are your favourite authors?
Well it’s a long list. RK Narayan, Michael Crichton, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Amitav Ghosh. Also have been trying authors like Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson and Jo Nesbo.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
I tend to write for 2 hours everyday. With also a day job it is difficult but I am working on a routine which would give me more time to write.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Well, I am just beginning and cannot impart wisdom but I would quote from one of my favorite authors, “you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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