About the Author:
Sivadas Sreevatsan is a senior journalist with 33 years’ experience in leading newspapers such as The Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle and The Hindu. He is Associate Editor with Telangana Today, a Hyderabad-based daily, now.
His first novel “The Countryside Album” was published in 2006. The book was released in Hyderabad by renowned Telugu filmmaker and Dada Saheb Phalke and Padma Shree Award winner L Viswanath. In Kozhikode, the book was released by legendary Malayalam novelist, screenplay writer and Jnanpith and Padma Bhushan Award winner M T Vasudevan Nair.
Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
I am a simple person with a fascination for good music, theatre, fiction and films.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
I was worried by the growing crowds in several places in our country.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
The germ stemmed from the alarming population growth in our country.
Q. What exactly does your book convey?
It is a complex story of a woman journalist whose pursuit of her goal is marred by unexpected hassles.
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?
Issues such as Maoist problem, male fetishes, family affairs and pure love.
Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?
Three-and-a-half years for the first draft and another three years for the final draft.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
Never because the plot was continuously revolving in my head.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
I accept constructive criticism in a humble manner and ignore criticism which comes with an agenda.
Q. How was your experience with
Leadstart Publishing throughout the publishing of the book?
Highly pleasant. Without the publisher’s support, this book probably could not have been released.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
Note down the points before working around them. The complete plot must be crystal clear.