Sunny Shandilya has done his schooling from PAS, Bokaro, Jharkhand. He later completed his B.tech in Computer Science from Dr. M.G.R. University, Chennai. He is currently working as a SAP consultant at Infosys Pune.
He had received special distinction certificate from Ashok Ganguly (Then Chairman of CBSE), regular winner at school quiz competitions, Awarded almost every year in his company for excellent performance. He feels that the appreciation for the work is his greatest achievement. Let us know more about Sunny`s writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
Well, never knew I could write. what started as a medium to deviate myself from the boredom of the monotonous coder’s life soon took shape of a story. At times, even I pat my back for having such a vivid imagination 😉
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
This is what people might find strange. I don’t have the patience to read books. I can’t hold on to them because I get bored by most of the books I have tried. Don’t kill me for this, but I couldn’t complete Harry Potter 1 too, i felt the pace too slow.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
I feel coming back to your dream world everyday from your daily chores and then leaving it every night to get back to the real world is really hard. You start living it and at times, feel that the real world is in fact an illusion. Apart from this, while writing sci-fi, you really need to let your imagination fly so writer’s block might also haunt you at times.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
This according to me is the most important part. If you can carve out fantasy from reality, you are a true magician of words. This is my humble try at it. I spent around 2.5 years for this book, most of which was dedicated to research and detailing. The places and details mentioned are real.
What motivated you to write the book “Nav and the Ninth Universe”?
I feel, and this is what you will find on the acknowledgment page of the book that even the micro emotions of love have been explored as a writer and I would not be able to give proper justice to it. To me thinking about the unknown gives you wings to explore and you are boundless plus I was really inclined towards science and astronomy in my childhood. Even now I want to know about life beyond our galaxy.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Nav and the Ninth Universe”?
This is the most interesting part 🙂
How would you feel if you come to know that the human civilisation has had most of the monuments and guardians of secret, that they were actually alive and waiting for the right time and the right person.
How did you came up with the idea of writing adventure fiction genre book?
This started as a discussion with my room-mate during one of our ‘gyaan’ session. The idea of parallel universe and multi-dimensions always fascinates me and then I felt, with a population of over a billion great minds, we are yet to churn out a classic like Harry Potter. I really wanted to give it a try but bringing it so close to reality that you might forget the thin line between reality and fiction. In fact, a few of the reviewers did compare it to Harry Potter which is a great honour in itself 🙂
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I am an impatient and a moody writer and my friends say that I defy every trait of a normal writer. There was no fixed time but after office, i used to sleep by 11 and wake up by 2 or 3 am and write. At times, i didn’t touch it for weeks, day dreaming about it in office and saving every flash of my fiction world in notepad.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
I don’t think I am good enough to advise people yet but one of my friends told me this – There is a difference between a good book and a popular book. Always write for yourself and no one else. A good book might not always be popular but you will never regret it. A popular book might bring you laurels but you know that it would soon be forgotten.
So, I feel you should always write for yourself and not for the money.
There are so many cliches about writing but suit yourself. There is no fixed formula for it. Do what suits you best 🙂
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