“…I don’t think of the genre, I let the plot evolve.” Says the author Vish Dhamija.
Today we are going to interact with the best selling and my favorite author Mr. Vish Dhamija. 🙂 He has written six gripping crime and legal thriller books which tag him India’s, John Grisham.
Fortunately, today is also his birthday, so this post is so apt and I would like to dedicate it to him.
Let us all wish him “A very Happy Birthday! May you have a wonderful and successful writing year ahead!” 🙂
1. Welcome to our blog, Can you please introduce yourself and your journey to becoming a writer?
Thank you. I’m Vish Dhamija, crime fiction author of six books, the latest one being Unlawful Justice, which is a legal thriller. My journey as an author wasn’t a journey when it commenced or at least I didn’t see it as one… I mean I hadn’t thought about becoming an author. To be honest, before I wrote my first book, I didn’t think I had the patience and discipline to write one, but I guess as you travel down a road the terrain becomes familiar and hence, simpler and you carry on.
Immensely. All human beings evolve as they mature. It’s no different in a creative landscape. All authors evolve, adapt, and fine-tune the plots, the narrative, the language… I have moved from relatively simpler plots to complex layers by introducing sub-plots, from chronological storytelling to a story set in different timelines, to a narrative that skips between first and third person. My next book is written in first person, but in eight or nine different voices.
3. Your book’s genres are crime fiction and legal thriller, what makes you choose these genres?
I don’t think of the genre, I let the plot evolve. OK, I read a lot of crime fiction and therefore my stories have an element of crime in them, but they are lot more besides. My stories—at least I’d like to think so 🙂 —encompass human emotions, rich characters, their flaws, etc. Genre is more for the audience to identify what the book is about, and for bookstores to shelf them accordingly, I think.
4. Your favorite authors and books, which you recommend us to read.
Besides the bestselling names in everyone’s list, I like Robert Crais (Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series), Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent & Innocent), Richard North Patterson (Silent Witness) Jeffery Deaver (October list, Broken Dolls), Michael Connelly (any from Harry Bosch series, Lincoln Lawyer). The list is endless, frankly.
5. We don’t read much of legal thrillers by Indian authors; can you please comment on this?
Legal thriller was/is predominantly a US concept; you wouldn’t find many legal thrillers written in other countries. India was no exception, but I have another one in the pipeline for 2018, and I’m sure you will see many authors in India writing in this genre soon.
6. With the detailed story, smooth narration your books have a tight centralized story, what are the research materials you use?
Research is everything, irrespective of what it is about: procedures, law, people, places, technology, era, anything. I initially research on the web, then once I have some background of the subject, I speak/meet with people who are professionals. For example, if it’s a legal thriller, I check for similar cases online, check the books I have, then run the concept through a lawyer (I dropped out of law after first year, but still have friends who are willing to help) for validation. That’s not to say it will be perfect every time, but it has to believable.
7. If you have to pick one favorite book written by you, which one it will be and why?
That’s not a fair question. It’s like asking a parent to pick their favourite child 🙂
8. Which book was the hardest and easiest to write?
Bhendi Bazaar was tricky since it had two stories running separately, 25 years apart and you couldn’t give anything away in one that took away the surprise from the other. I’ve started penning another noir that is equally complex. Writing a legal thriller is like walking tightrope, you have to be precise in references, arguments, court scenes, etc.
9. What are the perks of being a writer?
If there are any, they forgot to tell me.
10. What is the best compliment you have received for your books so far?
“Where have you copied this from?” My wife asked me when I showed here the first few chapters of my first book.
11. What is the hardest and easiest part of writing?
Writing, by itself, is the easy part. The hard part is discipline. It takes months of commitment and patience to come up with the first draft. Then, there are numerous rounds of editing. And no, there’s no easy way around that.
12. Tell us about your future projects.
Like I mentioned before, my next book is a legal thriller too. It’s called The Mogul, and it’s due for release next year. The subsequent one is about art heist, and the title is yet to be confirmed.
13. Anything you want to add for my readers.
Yes, they should read all my books 🙂
14. A billion dollar advice for aspiring writers.
Don’t become a writer if you are looking to make a billion dollars—there are other professions that promise a lot more money. Write if you enjoy writing, and it will reflect in your work. Read, read, read… there is no other way to learn and improve.
Thank you so much author Vish Dhamija, for taking time from your busy schedules and giving us these beautiful yet insightful answers on your books and writing. We are eagerly waiting for your next book. It was a pleasure to have you here 🙂
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