Once The Plot Is Set, Let It Lead You - Vamshi Krishna

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I am Vamshi Krishna, living in Bengaluru. I see myself as a coder by chance and a writer by choice. I spend my days as a software engineer and the nights as an aspiring writer, with a hope to make it big someday. 

As a student, I was that typical Indian middle-class studious guy whose only aspiration was to graduate from an IIT and start making money, which meant there was no financial backup to support my aspirations of being a writer. Hence, I am a software programmer in the day and a writer during the nights.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I should say that my 4 years spent at IIT are the most crucial years of my life. Before getting into IIT, books meant nothing more than textbooks and reading meant solving extra problems of maths, physics, chemistry. Only after I got into IIT, I started gaining exposure to the outside world and learned that there's something called passion.

After finishing my engineering in 2014, the idea for my debut novel was always to start with my real-life incidents and add a few fiction elements to make the plot interesting. So, when I had decided in 2018 to start working on my debut novel, I first penned down my real-life elements which I felt were worth sharing. Named 'Zero Not Out', it was launched in July 2019. 'Draupadi - India's First Daughter' is my second novel, launched in May 2020.

3. Is it a financially stable career?

Not really. That's why there are only a few full-time writers in India. Rest all have a day job alongside writing. But yeah, I am sure I will be a full-time writer very soon.

4. Who is your favourite writer and why?

It will always be Chetan Bhagat. Coming from a backdrop of immersing myself behind Maths, Physics, Chemistry textbooks till my college, I never thought I would read anything beyond textbooks.

But once I entered IIT, I heard about Chetan Bhagat and his novels. Picked up his ‘Five Point Someone’ and once I finished reading it, I was in complete awe of the writer. I believe he is the one who changed the mindset that reading novels is an elite group habit; he got the masses reading.

5. Where does your inspiration lie?

M.S.Dhoni forever. No one is going to replace him in Indian Cricket or my life. His unparalleled achievements and grounded demeanor on the field and off the field is something I will always keep close to my heart.

6. What does your typical day look like?

My coding job during the day, workout in the evening, and then a few hours for writing in the nights.

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers?

Leverage the power of Instagram. A major chunk of your potential readers is here. Keep posting snippets about your upcoming novel regularly, try and build interest in the readers. You will get a vibe if the readers are willing to pay and read your story. 

Try and become a good marketer. It's your responsibility as an author to build a brand for yourself. Be like a boss while you’re developing the plot. Once the plot is set, be its slave and let it lead you.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. It made me believe that hope is a drug and it can keep us going beyond any obstacles in life.

- Vamshi Krishna Author at Draupadi

- Interviewed by Shilpy Sharan

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