Q.  I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.

When I start writing a story, I don’t know the ending at all. I believe that if I already know how the story is going to end, there would be no purpose to write it. This helps me to develop the characters and let them lead the story to its natural conclusion.

Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?

I like to challenge myself and experiment with different writing formats. So I’ve written micro-fiction in Small is Big – Volume 2. I’ll try writing flash fiction in Volume 3. Then I intend to write a short story collection, followed by a novel. I feel this is a logical progression and it will challenge my creativity and also ensure that I learn something new with every book.

Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?

Honestly, I just think about different situations and sometimes I hit the nail on the head by getting great ideas. Taking a situation and exploring it from all possible angles is the best way to come up with something spectacular. The trick then is to identify the ideas worth pursuing and rejecting the ones that totally tank. I follow this process for every book.

Q. What exactly does your book convey?

“Small is Big – Volume 2” is a collection of 100 micro tales. I used to post my micro tales on Twitter in 2012 and that’s when my love for micro fiction commenced. Over the years, I have evolved as a writer and I have tried to write on different genres like love, tragedy, comedy, horror, thriller and fantasy amongst others so that it has something for everyone. ‘Small is Big’ is a humble effort to try and get more people to read micro fiction.

Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?

Theonly thought I had while writing Small is Big – Volume 2 was to replicate thesuccess of Volume 1 and ensure that its content was at par with thepredecessor, if not better. The reviews I’ve received so far are encouraging.So everything did go as planned.

Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?

So it took me roughly around five years to write the first two volumes of Small is Big (I did work on other projects simultaneously as well) and the biggest reason for it is that I write only in the weekend. I look forward to the weekend to pen down the stories I’ve thought about during the week.

Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?

None whatsoever.

Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?

Criticism fuels me to write better. I believe that people who criticize me spend their time and energy for my betterment and so I should pay heed to their words.

Q. How was your experience with the publisher throughout the publishing of the book?

I have self-published the book through Notion Press. I think they’re the best publishers in India in terms of self-publishing.

Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?

Ifyou’re a writer, don’t ever underrate your work. Be self-confident andcommunicate this to your readers. Be open to new ideas but don`t try to captureevery idea because you won’t have a life otherwise. Put your experiences,emotions and your soul into writing your book and then let a professional editit. When you face your first rejection, keep knocking on as many doors aspossible and keep fighting for your dreams despite the fear of furtherrejection. Finally, don’t focus too much on critics; there will always bepeople who will criticize you so just be happy with the fact that a lot ofpeople are reading your books.

Book Review: Small Is Big – Volume 2