Md Taslim Interview Published on: 13, Jan 2020

What were your childhood dreams?

Those were different times than today. You can imagine I passed my Engineering in 1972. My father was a contractor. I was an eldest son. He wished that his son should be an Engineer, and I became so. I did Engineering from IIT/ISM. Writing or becoming writer was never in my mind.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in School final, I developed a knack for literature and then I started reading Hindi novels, later English novels. When I was in third year of Engineering, I started a fortnightly wall magazine CHAYANIKA. It inspired me to write poems and short stories.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

While working I met lots of people from different walks of life, workers, staff, union leaders, Government officials and Politicians. These interactions are etched in my memory. I wrote my first Hindi novel QUAD LAMHE and later I translated it in English as FROZEN MOMENTS. I love this genre. Humans are awful animals they have uncanny abilities to cheat and enjoy from other’s sufferings. They always have justifications.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I am an author of all my books. I like other’s book. Everybody has a right to write and express their ideas in their own ways. I think it is a beauty of life. I can never write better than the original writer.

How important is research to you when writing a mystery book?

My books have a bit of truth which I have expanded with certain characters. My first such book was EK AURAT in Hindi and later I translated in English as Pretty Woman. It has a small amount of truth and the said woman was beautiful. However, reading mystery books written by others helps in story telling styles, etc. For my new book TRICK YOUR BRAIN FOR HAPPINESS, I read around 200 articles and books.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I write on the laptop.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I don’t have any schedule for writing. Whenever something comes in my mind, I make a small note of it. Likewise, I always have four or five ideas or notes then I expand one or two. Then write and rewrite. In the meantime, to forget everything I write Poems in English and in Hindi. For a few days I do nothing. Then I work on my book. Then sometimes I work on another book and so at presently almost 75 percent of my new book COLOURS OF LIFE is complete and so is my new poetry book CHIRPING BIRDs is complete. I don’t know when I will complete it but in January 2020, I will publish my book COLOURS OF LIFE.

What is the most important thing about a romance book in your opinion?

Romance books are lifeline of human existence.

How did you begin writing the Cynthia Series?

I was hospitalised. I became fit. To cheer up myself, I read hot erotic book. It put me back to my hotel days and I don’t know how Cynthia came in mind. I do not know Cynthia. So, I wrote BURNING DESIRES OF CYNTHIA, then CYNTHIA MODELLING STORIES and finally CYNTHIA QUEEN OF HEARTS. Then I thought about this and compiled these books as CYNTHIA SERIES. I don’t think in future I will write such books.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?

As a person I am different. As a writer different. As a writer, I mix many things but as a person I never hurt anyone. I am forgiving and respectful. I value other’s opinions. I love reading.

What inspired the plot of "Pretty Woman"?

I have already mentioned it.

Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?

My daughter. She loves reading books. My son is a Doctor and so is my daughter-in-law. They feel proud indeed.

Who is your book, "Cynthia: Modelling Stories" mostly dedicated to?

I dedicate every book of Cynthia series to young hearts.

What are you currently working on?

I am working on two books Colours of Life, Village Boy and a poetry book Chirping Birds.

How has been your experience of working with AllAuthor?

Extremely Good

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