Author Srivinay Salian delves into human psychology and writes with empathy for even the most flawed people. The Shoelace is a dramatic story, exploring themes of family values, inter-generational conflict and wasted potential. The reader descends with Amogh into a deep depression, but there is ultimately a glimmer of hope for his redemption.
- Tell us something about yourself.
Well, I ventured into Films quite late. I was running a web development company till 2005. Eventually, I gave into my passion and started pursuing a career in film writing around 2005 itself. By 2007, I got my first project with Percept Pictures for the show – New Adventures of Bal Hanuman. Since then, there has been no turning back. Eventually, I could shut down my company and focussed entirely on my writing career. I was fortunate enough to have a comprehensive global experience working with clients from UAE, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, and the USA.
From writing, I made a natural progression towards filmmaking and have since then directed several short films, documentaries and even co-produced an international feature film (RedGold), which went on to win the Manhattan Film Festival award.
- What compelled you to write this book?
I have been a Writing Coach with a Film Academy in Mumbai for a while now. Also, I had the opportunity to head the Writer’s Room for LoneRanger Productions. Given that working with young writers and getting exposed to their concerns, I realized there was a gap in the existing education model and industry expectations. That was when the idea for this book was born.
- From how long have you been writing this book? What challenges did you face while writing?
The idea for the book came about a year ago. However, I like to think that this book is a compilation of my notes that I want to share with young writers hoping that it will make their journey a bit easier. Everything I learned was from Google, and I managed to make a career for myself. I wish the same for other aspiring writers.
- What is the most memorable moment for you throughout the journey of the book?
Unknowingly, I had become a bouncing board for many fellow writers who wanted to share their work and get feedback from me. Every time I came across a writer’s concern, it had to be included in the book. So the book kept on evolving. That was both excruciating as well as elevating.
- Is writing your hobby or passion?
I would say it is neither. Writing is my second nature. I do not know what else I can do if not writing!
- Are you planning to write again?
I intend to. Screenwriting has been a rewarding career, but my first love still is book writing. So am planning to get into it soon. I am already working on a psychological thriller fiction. Hopefully, that would be my next book.
- Do you believe that when an author dies, a reader is born?
Absolutely. For me, the final full stop is like a goodbye. Then I move on to weave another world with another set of characters. As a Writer, I keep traveling from one world to another. And each world brings a new story for me. I like that feeling a lot.
- For you, what is literary success?
For me, if my words manage to touch someone’s life, I would consider myself successful. Long back, on my blog, I posted an essay – “The Three You,” which is included in this book. I received an email from a young person in the USA thanking me for posting it. That heartfelt letter from an earnest reader is my idea of success. Later, that essay invited many readers into my life. I am in touch with most of them even now.
- Do you have any piece of advice for the budding authors out there?
I want not just writers but all creative professionals to understand this one simple fact. In the Creative domain, experience and age have no value. What matters is imagination and creativity. So, a young writer is just as potent as a seasoned writer, and one should never count oneself less due to lack of experience. Be humble enough to learn from everyone, but also have faith in yourself.
- What it’s like to be working with 24by7 Publishing?
The executive team of 24by7 Publishing have helped me to sort out all the problems that I faced during the entire procedure of publishing the book. Without their unwavering support it would not have been possible for me to publish this work of mine.
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