Interview with Puneeth, The author of The Unsolved case of an Indian Woman
Puneeth JH is an Indian author, residing in Europe, best known for his thriving novels “The Unsolved case of an Indian Woman”, “The Forbidden Quest of Mysore” and “Love, Lust and Loyalty in a girl's life.” His fiction titles revolve condemning social prejudices and explore lucid genres of historical convictions, thriller reverie and romance.
Apart from writing, he is a doctoral researcher and presently pursuing his doctorate in the field of future adaptive multi-beam satellite communication systems. To know more please visit www.puneethjh.com
Ravi: What’s your favorite short story
Puneeth: I still cherish weeping when my mother narrated the tale of “Punyakoti .” Maybe, I was around 8-years-old then. As they say, “the first is always the best,” it still haunts me. If you are wondering, who “Punyakoti” is, you should google about it. You would love it too.
Ravi: The Best piece of writing advice?
Puneeth: Read. If you cannot be a good reader, you can never be a good writer.
Ravi: Where do you write?
Puneeth: I do not have a precise schedule for writing. I write when ideas befall to my mind and later, I consolidate it. I habitually do it on my phone.
Ravi: Where do you get your ideas?
Puneeth: People! In addition, there are millions of fascinating matters to write about. All we need to do is to look around and observe.
Ravi: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Puneeth: Writing energizes me. Editing exhausts me!
Ravi: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Puneeth: It depends on how jobless I am. If I could make enough time away from my work, family, friends and other hobbies, I guess I can write a new draft every six months.
Ravi: If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Puneeth: I regret not reading enough books as a kid. Reading is the first step for writing. However, I developed a love for books much later in my life. “Better late than never,” I am happy that I found my joy in books.
Ravi: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Puneeth: I would desire to give up social-media. It drains too much of my time. Nevertheless, it is essential to market my work. Therefore, social media is something that I want to give up, but I cannot afford to!
Ravi: What was your hardest scene to write?
Puneeth: Technically, the most difficult thing to write was a scene using magical realism in an upcoming book. Making it too easy would not justify the beauty of Magical realism and too tough would not connect to the audience.
Ravi: Do you Google yourself?
Puneeth: A lot! I am not obsessed but I should admit; I enjoy the attention.
Ravi: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Puneeth: It is surprising at times when some readers find secrets that I never hid. As they say, no two people can read the same book; some readers interpret my books in different ways, many times in ways that I never meant. Luckily, most of these interpretations are good and I happily take the free credit.
Ravi: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Puneeth: Obviously. I read every review I get.
Initially, good reviews are a delight. However, they get cliché with time but bad reviews keep me thinking. Nevertheless, I believe that with time, I have matured to channelize the negativity of a bad review to excel in my future works. Hence, it is as constructive as good reviews.
Ravi: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Puneeth: Yes. Many works from Sidney Sheldon made me realize that fiction can be real. Real people, real places and real events make fiction more interesting.
Ravi: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Puneeth: Research is the foundation of any good book. If the foundation is strong, you can even build a Burj khalifa on top of it and if the foundation is weak, you cannot build more than a floor. Even if you try, the story collapses.
Ravi: What’s the best way to market your books?
Puneeth: I guess the social media has become a great platform to reach the readers. However, I believe, if the readers like the book. Word of mouth takes the book a long way.
Ravi: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Puneeth: I have two half-finished projects and one unpublished work. Good things take time. Therefore, the world needs to wait.
Ravi: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Puneeth: Sadly none. I wish to make friends with other writers. If any writer reading this, feel free to say hi on my DM.
Ravi: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Puneeth: As a writer, I am quite versatile. I do not want to pick similar topics. That would bore me. I already have an 8-to-5 job to get bored and I would not want to get bored when I am writing. Therefore, I chose any topic that interests me. Not those what readers want.
Ravi: What advice do you have for writers?
Puneeth: Readers invest their time. Let us make it worth it.
Ravi: Tell me about your recent book to our Ravi Reads Blog Readers?
Puneeth: A psychological thriller- "The Unsolved Case of an Indian woman" is my latest release. With more than a year of research, it has turned out to be a distinct blend of mystery, emotions and facts. The book portrays the sensitive topics of society, especially regarding Daman and Gujarat. It has an average rating of 4.2 in Goodreads and Amazon with 90% of the reviews agreeing it to be a page-turner.
To Know more about Punneth's The Unsolved case of an Indian Woman check out this link
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