Interview with Vamsi Reddy, The author of Accidentally Awakened
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Ravi: Tell me about yourself?
Vamsi: My name is Vamsi Reddy. I hold a masters degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur
I hail from Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India. At the age of 19, I got Spiritual Awakening while I was about to die in an accident.
My book “Accidentally Awakened: An Engineer’s Enlightenment Story and Spiritual insights” is published on Amazon.
Ravi: What’s your favorite short story?
Vamsi: A man wanted to go to a distant town the next morning by Train. He was excited and thinking about the next day’s journey, procrastinating about it the whole night. By the time the train arrived, he missed the train because of his unawareness and procrastination.
Moral of the story: Don’t think too much, just do it.
Ravi: The Best piece of writing advice?
Vamsi: First write out your heart, Then edit it later
Ravi: Where do you write?
Vamsi: Usually I write at my home or quiet places like parks etc
Ravi: Where do you get your ideas?
Vamsi: While meditating I get my ideas or while I am not doing anything not even thinking I get my ideas like flashes.
Ravi: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Vamsi: It energizes me a lot. It's like I am meditating with eyes open.
Ravi: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Vamsi: It takes for me around 15 days to write a 100 page A5 size book
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?
Vamsi: Listening to bedtime or read bedtime storybooks will open up your imagination. Doing any kind of art will open your creative abilities. This can help you to become a better writer which I would do as a child.
Ravi: What is your favorite childhood book?
Vamsi: Chandamama Kathalu
Ravi: What are your favorite literary journals?
Ravi: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Vamsi: Self-Criticism and Too much perfection in beginning.
Ravi: What was your hardest scene to write?
Vamsi: My near-death experience
Ravi: Do you Google yourself?
Ravi: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Vamsi: No, I did not hide any secrets
Ravi: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Vamsi: Yes. Both reviews encourage me. Good ones make me to understand the reader’s touching points and Bad ones make me to understand the reader’s demands.
Ravi: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Vamsi: Nothing. fiction is never a fiction
Ravi: What did you edit out of this book?
Vamsi: I did not go deep into the philosophy of Vedanta which is of no practical use. So, I edited it out
Ravi: How many hours a day do you write?
Vamsi: 2 hours
Ravi: How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
Vamsi: I was never a part-time writer ever.
Ravi: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Vamsi: I parallelly research and write a book. Usually, I spend 1-week researching about the content completely before writing the book
Ravi: What’s the best way to market your books?
Friends and Family Circles,
Try to find groups related to your book on social media and promote them in those circles,
Self promotion like YouTube videos and book reviewers
Ravi: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Ravi: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Vamsi: I self-published the book. So, it gave me a chance to write, edit, design cover page and publish it which enhanced my skills of editing content and getting readers perspective on the content.
Ravi: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Vamsi: Explore, Experience, and Express.
Ravi: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Vamsi: I have no friends who are authors
Ravi: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Vamsi: Yes, depending on the context I am writing. I can be either way
Ravi: What advice do you have for writers?
Vamsi: Writing is what writers do. That’s the important thing than ever. Success depends on many factors but gives it your best shot.
Ravi: What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Vamsi: Depending on their field of interest. For example, If I am starting to write about startups I will subscribe to startup magazines
Ravi: Tell me about your recent book to our Ravi Reads Blog Readers?
Vamsi: Main Reason for writing this book “Accidentally Awakened” is there are so many misconceptions about Enlightenment and Spirituality.
First part of this book deals with my enlightenment and the second part deals with how spirituality can enhance your life and business, theory on Enlightenment and Spirituality, Happiness.
Thanks to Vamsi for agreeing to this interview! If you know of an author who’d like to be featured in an interview (or you are an author who would like to be featured), feel free to email me at the address on my contact page.