Author's Interview with Suresh Sippy,
Let's start with an introduction.
1. What is your name and Could you please introduce yourself to us?
Suresh Sippy- actor & writer of short stories and poems
2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
My life experiences and perhaps my age, I think that getting to a certain age makes one ponder over what has gone past and the wish that one could have made different choices in life, perhaps searching for that perfect life & happiness.
But of course, perfection does not exist, and we must all make the best of what is in the now & present and realize that the simple everyday things in life are the source of true joy.
3. What is the book all about?
The book is about Edward Garcia, Ed to his friends, a retired Wall Street banker in New York who has had a successful work life but a failed personal one and fantasizes about having another chance in life.
Ed's been divorced for a long time and is estranged from his only child, a daughter who now lives in London and who never forgave him for abandoning her as a child, after the marriage broke down. Ed has not seen his daughter or his grandson for as long as he can remember, in fact, he has never seen his grandson. This a source of great unhappiness to him and he usually drowns his sorrows by drinking excessively
Ed also imagines himself falling in love with a pretty young lady who seems to frequent the cafe he regularly visits for breakfast; Ed is infatuated by this mysterious lady called Maya.
If only he could be young again and re-live his life, he would do things differently, fall in love and have a chance at happiness.In the fantasy world of my book, this is possible with the help of the AEC, who is mystical being and can help Ed become young again but of course, there is a price to pay.
Ed must give up some of the years of his life to gain to his youth, will he accept the AEC's offer and will it worth it?Will he ever reconcile with his daughter and get to meet his only grandchild?
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
I am fascinated with the supernatural and what is possible beyond our five senses
5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
About a month
6. What makes your Book Special?
I believe it has an unusual story mixed with a bit of fantasy, Indian mysticism and finding true happiness in life
7. When is your second book coming?
I am in the process of publishing a collection of 38 short poems and then plan to write a book about insurance fraud.
8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing writer's block?
I think that once I had the idea in my mind, I found it relatively easy to keep writing, I also spoke to some of my contacts in the creative business who were very encouraging.
I suggest that taking a break if you face a Writer's Block and doing something completely different is a good idea.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
I think there is plenty of talent out there, so, calling myself talented is a bit daring.My hobbies are of course reading, I do read regularly; acting, I have acted in about 17 Bollywood films, a recent one being the Doctor's Role in "The Girl on the Train" (The Bollywood version) on Netflix. I also do corporate training films, Role-plays and presenting to camera assignments.
10. Last but not the least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?