About the Author:
Vikrant Bhardwaj is a consultant by profession and writing fantasy fiction in the thriller genre is his passion and hobby. In spite of having an Engineering background, he enrolled himself for a degree in English in pursuit of his desire. Vikrant currently lives in New Delhi and works as a consultant.
Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
Basically I hail from Bihar but I grew up in New Delhi. My childhood was like most of the children, going to school and being involved in studies. While I was in school I used to be involved in many co – curricular activities like drawing competition, debate etc. Participating in school functions was something I still cherish. Writing was induced in me by my English teacher and I credit my mother for it too. After completing school, I got enrolled into Engineering in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Destiny plays an important role in everyone’s life and so it did with me. I was unable to complete my degree due to my sudden health issues. After I recovered from it, I decided to continue with writing.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
Fantasy fiction is a genre which never gets old and it can never vanish. Growing up listening stories from my grandfather (maternal side), from my mother and reading stories such as Arabian nights, I got attached to this genre.
It’s not that fantasy is the only genre I feel connected to but the auto biographies and the fictional stories like that of Rabindranath Tagore and Chetan Bhagat are also the genres which I would want to explore in near future.
But in my heart and soul I knew that my beginning should be with fantasy fiction. After reading and watching many stories of this genre I wanted to create something which has not been portrayed on the stage so far. I’d always wanted to create a world with my writing where one can forget the issues of day to day life and get involved in my story. It’s true that there are many fantasy stories available in the market but I know this one is unique and different from its counter parts in the world.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
It is very hard to say but I can mention here that my father, mother and Godfather are the inspiration to write this book. For me, lying in bed all the time when I was ill, all I wanted was to stay alive and be cheerful again. These people helped me to survive and live my life yet again. My illness and circumstances which I faced also gave me the inspiration to come up with this book.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
Every story whether a fantasy or fiction or auto-biographies has a message to convey. Amaranthine is the story that makes a person to believe in himself in whatever the circumstances might be. Magic is all around us in many forms and one amongst them is your parents.
It focuses on solving issues rather than running away from it. Belief, faith, courage, values and being good human being are some of the messages in Amaranthine the revelation.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
To be really honest *smiles* my answer might sound funny but while penning down this book I was trying to run away from my reality. But while I was in the beginning of this story, it ultimately changed everything in my life. I got support from my father who used to bring me diaries and pen for writing as I didn’t have laptop. My mother and my family encouraged me to write even though they didn’t know what and why I was writing day and night. But yeah, while running away, this book brought me closer to my family and that you can realise in some of the chapters in the book. My present life has had a positive effect in creating this world of Amaranthine.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
I wrote this book in a flow day and night. Sometimes I used to wake up in the midnight and began writing to know ‘what is coming next’. I still have my first rough draft in almost five diaries with all those mistakes. The four months I dedicated in completing this book, in spite of having so many health issues, have been one of the most inspiring phases of my life where I was learning to live. I lived for the book and when I finally completed it, I continued with the next part of Amaranthine.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
No, there was no such incident. I used to have fever when I was unable to write but a close friend of mine helped me to write again with renewed vigour.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
My first critic was my elder brother but he was also the person who motivated me to write. Then there are some already published authors too who criticised my work but all this while I learned one thing, if you are being criticised then you are treading the right path. The more I got criticised, the more I felt to keep moving in this writing field.
Q. How was your experience with
Leadstart Publishing throughout the publishing of the book?
Leadstart Publishing helped me a lot throughout my journey of publishing Amaranthine the revelation. Here I would like to say that I surpassed the record of J.K. Rowling in the number of rejections I received by the publishers in India. Many publishers rejected my manuscript but Leadstart was the one who showed belief in me. They waited for me for almost two years when I was committed to my family and immensely helped in dealing with the challenges in publishing field. Uzair Thakur was the person who first came as my project manager and then he became a friend. I don’t think such connections are there in every publishing house.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
For any person who wants to become an author, I’d like to put forth my words as an opinion and not as advice. Keep writing, create something that has positive effects on others and don’t lose faith in yourself. Every rejection is a stair to selection and success.