Arvind Parashar is a best-selling author from India who hails from Dehradun. Bfirst speaks to Arvind Parashar in an exclusive interview about his journey from being a corporate honcho to an established author
1. Arvind, please tell us more about your childhood, schooling and education
I was born in the quaint and picturesque town of Dehradun, and completed my education in the valley. As a child, I had a knack for writing songs, poems, stories, sketching cartoons, and participating and winning quiz competitions. I did get to see some success early on in my life, as my poems and cartoons were published in the local newspapers and children's magazines, and were well received by the audience. Like any starry eyed kid growing up in the mountains, I was profoundly inspired by Ruskin Bond, one of the most talented and artistically endowed writers our country has ever produced. The fact that I grew in the lush green valley at the foothills of Mussoorie also helped in enhancing my creativity.
2. Many budding authors face challenges since publishing houses are not very receptive and unwilling to take a risk. What is your take on this and how did it work for you?
It is extremely tough and nerve wracking to get one's work published. It might take months or years and a lot of meetings with publishing houses for that to happen. It is quite surprising to know that only 3-4% of manuscripts make it to the publishing level and see the light of the day. Like any budding author, I too had to face the same hardships. I worked hard initially to create an identity and value of my own in the field. I started using social media to connect with people digitally even before my books were published, and by God's grace that worked well for me.
3. Please tell us more about your work, in sequence of their release
The first novel that I worked on was a spy romance thriller, titled "Kabira Not Until I Die". The book was well received by the audience as it reached the Top 4 in Crossword Fiction Bestseller category. My second novel was "Messed Up! But All for Love", which came out after a gap of 1.5 years. The book was published by Srishti Publishers. It is the first book in the romantic thriller trilogy series. The book breached the Top 50 ranking in Amazon as it reached the 49th position within a few hours of its launch. It made its way to Amazon Best Reads which has the Top 5 books in a genre.
The second book in the trilogy, and my third book is titled "Lost in Love". It was published recently on January 10th, 2018. I had also worked on a book in Hindi, titled "Ek Paheli Pyar Ki" which was launched around the same time. This is the Hindi translation of my novel "Messed Up! But All for Love" and is published by Prabhat Prakashan.
4. Your latest title, "Lost in Love" is just out. Tell us more about the book
"Lost in Love" is a romantic thriller that emotionally grasps the readers' attention. The main protagonists of the book are Neil and Gauri. Neil is a character who has just come of his break up, and Gauri helps the heartbroken soul to move on in life and become more optimistic. It is an inspiring story that holds the narration around the fact that, life moves on. It teaches us a very important life lesson, that no matter how dark or gloomy things get, the sun is going to rise again.
5. You have a wide base of followers on social media. How do you manage to stay in touch with them?
I ensure that I religiously allocate some of my time to respond to the queries and messages that my followers send on a regular basis. I even guide them and help them with questions revolving around their personal life and publishing related stuff.
6. You have associated with NGOs and supported them by forwarding your book proceeds to them. Tell us more about these initiatives?
I have recently collaborated with Spanadana Rehabilitation Center, Udupi. I have been associated with the cause of education for a long time now, as I want to see every child in this country gain education and become successful in life. The people at Spanadana have been doing some selfless work for the betterment of the society, and I believe it is pertinent for me to do something for them. I am also in talks with CRY, as we plan of working together. I hope to see that plan become concrete soon.
7. Why choose romance as a genre?
My preferred genre is thriller, which is why the first book I wrote had elements of spy and international war woven in it. The next one is going to be a romantic thriller trilogy. After that, I plan to write an international thriller with hints of dark romance.
8. Your message for your readers
I would first like to express my heartfelt gratitude towards my lovely readers. My message for them would be to keep reading my books, and I would love to stay connected to them as whatever I have achieved in life today is all because of them. I want to thank them for their consistent support and inspiring me and giving me the strength to be the best I can possible be.
9. How can readers get in touch with you?
My wonderful readers can get in touch with me on my social media pages, and can also contact me via my email- firstname.lastname@example.org