It is been a while since I updated any interview. So, here it is.. Today I am interviewing Sameer Kumar, the author of The Origin of Martin Krooger. Lets get connected :
When did writing entered your life?
It entered in class 5 when I wrote a small story and showed it to a friend. She said its very bad.That increased my determination to write something worthwhile.
What all struggles you faced while writing The Origin of Martin Krooger?
I was poor at english so I never had faith on my work. Additionally , I have never read a novel so did not know what a novel demands. Study was the first priority at home so got very less time to write. People laughed that I thought of becoming an engineer but became a writer. Apparently , Job matters more than these in the social world.
From where you got the idea of Martin Krooger?
When I used to study in school , pogo channel aired children movies . Also cartoon network aired many movies. We as children were given to watch tv only while we ate. So after the food, I was left to imagine the later phase of cartoon. Then I thought why not to write one and martin Krooger took birth.
It is not a cake walk to find a publisher? How you landed up with Half Baked Beans?
Honestly , I did not expect any publisher liking my work because of the genre. Its fantasy. There are very fewFantasy publishers in India. I sent my piece to all publishers but with failure. Then through Facebook, I came across Their Ad and the rest is history.
How was your experience with Half Baked Beans? What have you learnt from them?
The world is cruel for first time authors. Hbb made my first step very smooth and gave me chance to learn all that was Needed to get into the market.
Is there any genre which you haven’t tried, but want to? Why you want to try that genre?
This novel is a culmination of romance , thrill, SciFi and fantasy. I would love to write a detective piece because I feel deeply involved in a good detective story.
How did your audience took your book?
So far I am honoured with the response. I still remember my first reviewer was Sarath Babu. I was so scared that day because it was the first time someone was critically examining my piece. When he gave me a 5 star I was like , did he give a 5 star to me. Literally, I celebrated that day with chicken dun biryani and a coke.
Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?
I won’t lie but surely a bench mark maker. I have tried a western fantasy in india. I know it will rock. If 5 years given to me well I will have a name which debutant authors will look up to.
How far you agree to this that role models are important in life? Do you have any role model?
I agree and disagree. I have no role model in writing. I have never read any piece. Most of my works are like movies because I have watched many . My role models are my life, my father, mother, my love, and M. S. DHONI.
Any special message for the readers?
My message is simple and clear. 90%of people will laugh at you. They have been sent on earth to laugh at others and they are doing their job with utmost respect. You have been sent o earth to live ur dreams. Are you following ur dream with Utmost respect ?
My name is Sameer Kumar. I am manager at Tata Steel from 8 am to 6 pm and then I am an author. I have done Mechanical engineering from Bit Sindri. I did my schooling at The Pentecostal Assembly School. My hobbies are to watch movies, eat and make new friends. My favorite films are The wolf of wall street and YES man. These movies Have really shaped my life. I love to appreciate live. Its just one but we don’t understand it.My aim to be famous so that when I walk on street people ask me for selfies. Well, I know that’s premature for a writer But it’s the child inside me that wants this and I want to keep him alive. I love spending time with my family because That’s a God gift.Last but not the least I love living.
P.S – Review of The Origin of Martin Krooger- https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/book-review-of-the-origin-of-martin-krooger/