An IT professional based in Gurgaon, Tanmay Dubey is a voracious reader and an avid storyteller. In a career spanning more than ten years, he has been fascinated by several aspects of the corporate world and this book is a result of those observations.
When not busy spinning a yarn, Tanmay can be found reviewing latest Bollywood films on his popular Facebook page ‘Tanmay’s Movie Adda’. He is also an enthusiastic cyclist, a randonneur, and loves running marathons. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter (@Tanmay_Dubey).
We’re trying to go beyond the hoary old ‘where do you get your ideas? What inspires you? When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I get inspired by observing life, when I read a newspaper, read a book, watch a movie my mind is constantly working towards collecting information which can be later converted into a story idea. I was a bookworm since childhood days and used to love telling stories, I wrote my first story at an age of 8, I guess story telling came natural to me.
Please tell us something more about your books The Amigos , Just Six Evenings and The Red Line?
THE AMIGOS is a story about three friends their lives change completely after an emotionally shocking experience. The book highlighted the value of courage in the youth of our country.
JUST SIX EVENINGS is a love story of a sales guy, its a modern-day tale of love, lust and ambition in a corporate India that shines at the expense of the dreams it tramples under its feet.
THE RED LINE inspired by true events, THE RED LINE is a thrilling murder mystery that treads the dark by lanes of international espionage and corrupt defence deals. The exciting story witnesses the journey of an honest cop to discover his true dharma and a brave women army officer’s selfless service for her country.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
None of my books are related to each other, all three of them are of different genre, and my next book is a self-help book. It’s again something completely different from what I have done before.
Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?
My first book that I read as a kid was “Gulliver’s Travel” . No unfortunately they were not reading enthusiasts, but they always supported me whenever I would demand a book to purchase.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
The power of language can be felt in daily life, with the choice of right words the entire meaning of a sentence can be changed. Same goes true for writing also. A whole society can be moved and inspired if the language is used currently. History is full of such examples when great orators have become leaders all because of power of language.
What does literary success look like to you?
More than the money, if my writings are able to touch millions of hearts and the message behind my story is felt and understood by readers that’s the real success to me.
If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favourite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?
DAN BROWN, ROBERT LUDLUM, FREDRIK FORSYTH, VS NAIPUL, DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE
They say books die every time they are turned into a movie; what do you think?
I don’t think they die, they take a re-birth. Movies is a much larger medium than books and audience is much wider, hence change in the original book is inevitable.
How often do you take inspiration from your own life or lives around you while penning your stories? What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Inspiration is a continuing process like breathing, almost all the characters in my books are based and inspired by real people whom I have met in my life.
Out of all the books The Amigos , Just Six Evenings and The Red Line you’ve written, do you have a favourite?
JUST SIX EVENINGS is my first love and THE RED LINE being the one I enjoyed most while writing
Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?
My forth book is a self-help book co-authored with another writer. My fifth book would again be a self-help book written by me and in between I would like to get the sequel of THE RED LINE also out.
How did you feel when the publisher accepted your draft for the first time?
It felt absolutely out of the world, I was singing “Aaj mai ooper, asman neeche, aaj mei aage, zaman hai peeche”
Can you tell us about your writing process? What’s a typical writing day for you?
Since I have a full-time job, and I am very keenly pursuing physical fitness in terms of running full marathons and I recently completed IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Australia. I am the only Indian fiction author to do so. My bandwidth is absolutely chocked. My writing process is a continuous process whenever I get time, I write on my sofa, I write while I am on a flight, I write on my dining table, I write on my bed. I write whenever and wherever I get time.
Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs?
My partner is my backbone of all the activities be it running my house, be it supporting me in my physical fitness routine or encouraging me to write. I enjoy, discuss and keep inputs from her.
Tell us something interesting that has occurred since you became a writer?
The biggest change that I have observed in my friends is the look of respect, a look of awe that they give me while they meet me and they introduce me to others not from my full time profession but as an author to others.
And finally, A message for aspiring writers?
Write whatever is true to your heart and don’t follow any style of writing. Create your own style.
Thank you for the interesting replies 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the interview.