Aashish Gupta: Author Interview

Aashish Gupta is an author known for his psychological thrillers. When he recently came out with a book titled  Anecdotes of a White Collared Slave, we at thenotoriousreader knew that we had to talk to him about his books and his experiences.

Aashish Gupta has been working in the technology research industry for over three years, but his heart lies in creative endeavors. Introspection led him to conclude that the imaginative half of his brain always won over the logical half, and thus began his journey as a fiction writer. He likes to squeeze the most pressing issues in simple, heart touching poems. Aashish’s pursuit of writing began a year before he was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. His constant war with his mind changed the perspective of his life and gave birth to new ideas. He has woven these philosophical ideas and experiences into a psychological thriller to take the reader through the dark tunnel of mind and then show light at the end of it.

What inspires you to pick up your pen and write?

After ten years of writing, I have come to realize that writing is not always about the inspiration for me. It is a creative pursuit essential for my survival. It is like breathing. Many days (sometimes months at a stretch) I am not inspired to write, but if I decide to go on without writing, I get this choking feeling that I am unable to overcome.

Can you please give us some more information about your book?

I have written three novels to my name so far – Demons In My Mind, Faith’s Eternal Sunshine, and Anecdotes of a White-Collared Slave. My primary genre is a psychological thriller, but if I have a good story I may choose to write a satire as well.  I have received appreciation from readers for the unconventional plots. I put my characters into unusual situations and let them loose in my imagination. However, there is always a strong underlying message in all my books. My first novel, Demons In My Mind revolved around the role our mind plays in directing our lives for better or worse. The second novel, Faith’s Eternal Sunshine, presents a unique stand on the idea of God and Faith. The third novel, Anecdotes of a White-Collared Slave, is a satirical take on the corporate life.

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Why did you choose this particular genre? Will you be trying your hand at any other genre?

I have come to realize after writing three novels that I do psychological thrillers best. I might stick to it for some time, or venture into neighboring genres like drama or crime thrillers. However, I am very impulsive in picking up the right genre for my books. If my imagination concocts something beautiful in my head, I will pursue it
irrespective of the genre. I do intend to write a collection of short stories this year in which I may choose to experiment

When should we expect your next book? What will it be about?

You can expect my next novel by the end of this year or early next year. It is one roller coaster ride that will play with the psyche of the readers. The novel revolves around the story of two magicians cum politicians who enter into an unusual pact. The pact that they would lock themselves in a room and debate their ideologies until one compels
the other to shoot himself.

If not a writer, what would have been the career of your choice?

As a matter of fact, I do have an alternate career as a research analyst and manager in a reputed technology advisory firm.

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Can you tell us about your favorite author/ authors?

There are two authors that continue to capture my imagination – Scott Adams (author of God’s Debris) and Albom Mitch (author of Tuesdays with Morrie). I highly recommend people to read their work. I was also particularly fascinated by the work of Viktor E. Frankl in his novel -Man’s Search for Meaning in Life. The books that I mentioned here have had a life-changing impact on me. I try to frequently go back to their novels and relive those moments.

What do you like to do when you are not busy writing?

Reading, traveling, and having some beer. If I can do all three together. Nothing like it!

Are there any words of wisdom that you would like to share with our readers?

If you want to see unique writers emerge from the shadows, you need to read unique books. Publishers pursue commercial writing because it makes business sense. You should move out of your comfort zone and challenge
yourself with new subjects, different genres, and work of unheard authors. Your creative development will be supercharged through diverse readings because it is at the chasm of different disciplines that the best ideas emerge.

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