Nikhil Lodha

Reader, movie buff, history enthusiast and sometimes I write stories too.

Three things people don’t know about you?

I’m camera conscious. I have a sweet tooth. I love comic books, a lot.

What’s your greatest fear?

That I’ll run out of ideas to write stories.

Which living person do you most admire?

Stephen King

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Harry Bosch and Wolverine

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Sabretooth

Who are your favorite authors?

Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum and the list goes on.

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Emperor Series by Conn Iggulden and Empire of the Moghul Series by Alex Rutherford

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Scarface, Schindler’s List, Dead Poets Society, Warrior, Million Dollar Baby

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

I lived a life of fiction and I wrote the fiction I dreaded.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

Childhood in Rome (27BC), Adolescent – India (330BCE), Adult Life – India (1580AD), Silver Years – India (2050)

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Sketching

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Shining by Stephen King

When and where do you write ?

I write anywhere. I am not choosy about place. My first novel is written entirely on an iPad, on a commute in a local train.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read. As much as you can before you pick the pen and even after. A writer who doesn’t read is like that travelogue created out of Google Maps.

I was born and raised in a small town near Ahmedabad, in a Rajasthani family living among Gujaratis. Like a good proportion of the country’s populace, I grew up in a lower-middle-class family where fantasy and imagination were the only toys at hand. At the age of thirteen, I realised that I was really good at visualising things, and structures, and people. I even started marking errors in the stories published in regional newspapers. Sometimes I would read true crime stories in the newspapers to understand how the police find out the details of a crime. I loved it. I penned my first story at the age of thirteen and soon accepted that I neither knew anything beyond my world of existence nor the art of writing itself. I loved reading, but my town had no library and I did not have enough money to approach the bookstore. Eight years later two things happened – engineering, and I drafted 70,000-word story. I absolutely loathed both. I deleted the copy and quit writing for another three years before I sat down to write this story. At this point, I feel, there are only three things that are and will remain constant in my life – coffee, books and Pink Floyd, in that order. Beside thrillers, I love history and historical fiction and I hope one day I shall be qualified enough to write one. I currently work in an Internet advertising company that deals with the nuances of digital advertising. That keeps me closer to technology, where I feel most comfortable.

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