Atul Mohite has shot into fame with his back to back two Amazon Bestseller novels: Lucid Dream and Jean Angel. His novel Lucid Dream casts an enchanting web of aspirations and pragmatism and his new fantasy novel Jean Angel is still the talk of the town.
He spoke to News World Inc about fiction, inspiration behind being an author, and his favorite recent read.
NWI: How was writing Lucid Dream special to you? How is the book different from your fantasy novel Jean Angel?
The first book is always special for any author be it a success or not. It kind of opens the gates, right? The idea of Lucid Dream came to me when I was as young as seventeen. The book describes my life as a teenager when I dreamt of becoming an author one day. The book can be considered as an attempt towards self-discovery since I was never sure whether whatever I am writing will ever be read, least by strangers who often send me the words of appreciation giving me an overwhelming emotional experience of fulfillment and joy.
Jean Angel on the other hand is something entirely different yet close to my heart equally. I’m glad that it’s been doing really well in a country where romance novels still rule out action, adventure, fantasy or any other genre for that matter. Jean Angel comes under YA adventure and fantasy genre which was entirely a different experience for me because it requires a certain level of imagination and a strong motive. While I can’t give much about the book right now since it will spoil the readers’ experience of reading it;all I can say is that I will be more than happy if it helps someone tackle the growing psychological challenges faced by teens and new adults in everyday life.
NWI: For your latest book, Jean Angel, how did you get the idea? How did it evolve as you were writing it?
I have been a mental health advocate for a while now and all my books revolve around the subject of psychology. I wanted to create an innocent yet slowly growing strong protagonist who, despite having, modern day psychological challenges shown in a fictional manner could avenge a strong and evil person. So, first I created the characters, then the setting in which the story took place and then followed the entire plot as I began writing. It was smooth and fun writing experience since the subject was of my interest.
NWI: Which one is your favourite novel among Lucid Dream and Jean Angel?
That’s the toughest of all questions! But I would go for Lucid Dream. It’s been with me for longer than Jean Angel.
NWI: In your opinion, what makes a fiction great? What are some of your favorites?
I think it’s the author’s motive to write it. Every story is great if it is written with a good intention and with all of one’s heart. Technically speaking, characters and an engaging plot can contribute the most. My favorites are – The Harry Potter series and books written by John Grisham, Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks, Haruki Murakami.
NWI: What does a typical writing day look like for you?
I love monsoon. So, it’s the season when I do most of my writing. I always write early in the morning after a routine brisk walk. I write mostly along with music suitable to the scene. Although there are times when I prefer complete silence!
NWI: What books or authors has been your greatest influence?
Books by J. K. Rowling, John Grisham, Kay Redfield Jamison, Haruki Murakami and Virginia Woolf
NWI: What’s the best thing you’ve read recently?
The book thief by Markus Zusak.
NWI: What are you working on next?
A sequel to Jean Angel of course!
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