Author Mukul Kundra shares some insights from his life when we recently interviewed him for his recent book- The Interview. The book is the most favorite amongst readers and crossed 450+ sales during the launch month. Here are some interesting snippets from the interview.
If you could tell your younger self who’s into literature, anything, what would it be?
Be prepared to face criticism. No matter how well you write, some people will criticize you. Just continue whatever you are doing and you will succeed one day.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
My second book is based on real characters from my life. I owe them everything. They are my inspiration and all credit goes to them for all my achievements.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have 3 unpublished books.
What does literary success look like to you?
I don’t know what success looks like as I still have a lot of things to achieve in life.
Why did you decide to name your book “The Interview”
I related my story with a job interview as the character wants to be at some place where there are restrictions and have to convince the interviewer to be in that place. Life takes your interview at every step, it’s on you how well you handle it and what you learn from it.
How long does it take you to write a book and what’s the best way to market your books?
On average, it takes about 8 to 12 months to write a book. The best way to market is to start selling books to strangers one-on-one as it is a really cheap way and the most effective way.
How do you feel after getting so much appreciation from the readers?
It is the best feeling when you are appreciated for your work. It boosts my confidence. One appreciation from a reader is way better than selling 100 copies with no reviews at all. Readers’ feedback helps me get better and consistently.
Amongst all the books that you have published, which is your personal favourite and why?
“The Interview” is my favourite in terms of writing style and plot. But my first book – Friendship a Puzzle to solve is and will always be my favourite as it was a totally unplanned project for me and it got me into the publishing world.
A message that you would like to give to upcoming writers and audiences out there?
Don’t write for fame or money just focus on your writing skills and if someone criticizes your work then try to improve, take them as positive feedback only.
I strongly believe in – “Keep exploring new things and don’t leave any work, project, or anything incomplete. Just complete it irrespective of its result”
If you don’t have time to do a particular thing then it’s not the time it’s you who didn’t want to do it. Hope you learned something as we did while conversing with Mukul about writing and life in general. You can grab his latest book named “The Interview” from leading e-commerce platforms. Enjoy and treat yourself with a book that will touch your heart.