Shubham Pandey is currently studying in 10th standard of The Bishop’s School, Camp. He has worked as an intern and student reporter for Times Of India Nie Pune, and have written several articles for Times. He also won Times Student Of The Year, Pune in 2013. His debut book, The Book Of James Carrom, is nominated for The Hindu Young World Goodbooks Awards- Fiction, which will be held in January 2016. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I have been writing short stories since I was eight. The Book Of James Carrom actually started out as a short story, but ended up becoming a novel.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
I used to love reading abridged classics like Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, HG Wells and Jack London. I usually read urban fantasies like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and science fiction. Currently, I like reading psychological thrillers.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
I would say the greatest challenge is actually overcoming your laziness and finishing the book, and not just abandoning it after a couple of chapters.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
Research, I feel, is definitely necessary, because attention must be paid to the finer details. I usually go to the places where the story is taking place, and write about them in a journal. Later I use these lines in the novel. Parts of The Book of James Carrom take place in Lucknow, where I have lived for 5 years. I also write a lengthy character sketch of every character in the story.
What motivated you to write the book “The Book of James Carrom”?
I had a pretty vivid dream in 2011, on which I based this book. Apart from that, I was also motivated to write this by the boring lectures in school, when I used to sit on a bench at the back, and write the book.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “The Book of James Carrom”?
This book is about two 12-year-old boys who get caught in a war between two races: Zahabevs and Tarehonucks. The Tarehonucks are extremely clever, zombie-like beings who are expert at the craft of black magic, whereas the Zahabevs are dwarfs with magical qualities, said to have been created by the Gods to protect human beings.
How did you come up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
I believe one emulates what one admires. I have always admired fantasy fictional books, and therefore, I ended up writing five of them.
Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells, Charles Dickens, JK Rowling, Amish, Roald Dahl, RK Narayan, Dalton Trumbo, C S Lewis, Alexander Dumas, RL Stevenson and Jack London.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
I usually spend half an hour writing something or the other. However, this is a minimum, and I usually exceed it.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Write what you love, not what will sell, and you will have success. Don’t give up, no matter what.
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