Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Meet Kochery C Shibu - the Author of Faith and the Beloved

Two weeks back we reviewed the book "Faith and the Beloved" by Shibu Kochery. We liked the book and felt that book should be adapted for web series. Those who have missed our reviews do check here.
Blog Review - Blog Post 
Vlog Review - Video Review

Today we have author Shibu with us to discuss more on his book "Faith and the Beloved". Before we go to the book discussion, let me share a brief of his background.

Educational Background
MA English Pune university 1989, MSc defense Studies Chennai University 1998
Interests at school/college apart from studies?
Games Basketball, Hockey, Handball, football
Professional Positions Held
Worked in the Indian Navy and commanded two warships
Worked in hydroelectric projects
Worked with the shipping industry
Reading habits and favorite authors
I am a voracious reader. Stopped reading fiction since 2009 when I started writing Men and Dreams in the Dhaualdhar. I do read across the genres. There are many authors whom I have liked
Let's discuss Shibu's writing career. When did you start writing?
The inspiration started from school days. Being a career soldier, most fo the writing in defense was about strategy, warfare, and tactics and of classified nature. Efforts at writing novels during his service career died within a few pages 
It was whilst working on. A hydroelectric project in the Himalayas that I started writing in 2009. It took four years and 3600 man writing hours to complete the book and another year in editing 
When did you decide to become a writer?
It has been with me since my school days
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To write more books 
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
Till date, the writing has been in addition to the work which I do and so mostly they have been in the evenings after working hours and on Sundays and holidays
What have you written before "Faith and the Beloved"?
Men and dreams in the dhauladhar were the first books. I was adjudged the best author of 2019 by Salismania.com 
What genre are your books?
The first book was a combination of classic, thriller, and technical fiction in one. The second book is a crime thriller. 
Now is the time to discuss "Faith and the Beloved". Can you describe your current book in a few lines? What’s it about?
It is about the power of belief and to what extent individuals go to protect their beloved ones 
Where did you get the idea for this book?
Research and reading 
How much research did you do for this book?
The book was researched and written over two years 
What was the most difficult thing about writing your latest book?
Getting the interspersing of the thriller ingredients right 
When was your book released?
May 2020
What are you working on at the minute?
Many ideas churning, nothing firm yet
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
A thought in the works, but nothing concrete yet
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Observe and write
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