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Aditya Kumar

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?!

Hi, I am Kumar Aditya. I’m 31 years old and hailing from Patna, Bihar. I am the author of “Brahmāstra Chronicles”, a modern-day epic fantasy and mythology tale. Although I published my first book in 2019, I have been writing for close to a decade now. Till a few years back I was actively working as a professional in the media and advertising industry, but then decided to dedicate myself to writing full-time. As of now intent upon finishing the next book in the series.

 What prompted you to pursue a career as a writer?

Stories have always been a guiding force in my life. At first, it was the influence of movies and TV shows based on history and Indian Mythology and cartoons. Then comics in Hindi and English further boosted my affinity for stories and strange universes. I must have been about 13 or 14 when I read “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton and shortly, “The Lord of the Rings” by Tolkien. After that there was no stopping me, I’d discovered a whole new world. But it was around 2010 when I started reading books by Stephen King and that opened my world to the joy of not just feeling stories but also writing them. I started working on the first installment of Brahmāstra Chronicles around the same time. The book has taken over 7-8 years to take its final shape, with lulls in between when writing took a backseat. But I kept going back to it, the characters kept me awake to the reality that the story needed to be told. Since 2016, I have been writing every single day and hope to keep it going as long as I possibly can, perhaps till the very end.

 Do you have any special writing habits?

I try to stick to two habits: Firstly, reading a lot and writing as much as I can, one day at a time, one word at a time. Secondly, I try to make it a point to SHOW UP to write every single day, no matter what.

 When you write a new book, do you already have the whole story in mind or do you elaborate it along the way?

For me, it’s a mix of both: some faint strokes of an outline and a lot of digging and delving deeper after the parts that need to be created out of scratch. Mostly, I start with a rough draft then start polishing and whittling it, which means a lot of rewrites and revisions till the characters and the events begin to take on a semblance of coherence.

 In your opinion what is the best book you have written? What’s your favourite book ever?

Given that I have so far published only one book and will soon be coming up with the next, I’d say that the best is yet to come. Although in all frankness, I’m sure that each book that I write will be special in its own way, a huge learning experience and hopefully, a roller-coaster ride. As for my favourite book ever, I’d say it would be the Lord of the Rings. Not only did the trilogy introduce me to this fantastic universe, but it touched me in ways only first love can. There’s this simplicity and honesty about Tolkien’s world and his characters you don’t necessarily come across while reading contemporary fantasy. It’s inspiring!

How do you feel after writing a book?

After finishing Book One in the Brahmāstra Chronicles series, what I felt was immense relief but it was soon followed by a sense of mounting expectation, given that it is only the first story in a tale that spans across 6-7 books. Given that I’m still a new guy on the block when it comes to writing, and have a long way to go, I’m taking it one step at a time. Step Forward–Breathe–Next Step–Breathe. Perhaps a few more books down the line, I might start experiencing a deeper sense of satisfaction. Because for now, I’m hell-bent on finishing the first leg of the series.

Tell us about your latest book and please put the link so our readers can find it.

Brahmāstra Chronicles, Book One: the Artifact, is loosely based on Indian Mythology and ancient intrigue, a world in its own (like a parallel dimension) where celestial beings and demonic forces are as real as the humans, and an endless struggle has been going on between the forces of Primordial Light (Oorja) and the Dark Void (Andhakar). The Ultimate Weapon of the Devas–called the Brahmāstra–will be the decisive factor in this strife. The first book follows Abhay–a seemingly ordinary guy with a past full of holes–and Dhwani–a 600-year-old Angiri (Read: Angel) from Swargam. The Brahmāstra comes into their possession and as the forces of Light and Darkness vie for its possession, it is up to these two to make sure it does not fall into the wrong hands.

The title is available on Kindle and in Paperback: https://amzn.to/2ZbE1eO  

 Do you have a new release? When? We want details.

I have yet to finalize the details, but I’m targeting a prequel to Brahmāstra Chronicles before the end of the year. It is a 2-part story set about 25 years before the principal story, and will further take the reader on an exhilarating journey through this bizarre universe I’ve tried to create, with more of world-building and more mysteries.

Where can we find you on socials? Do you have your own group and want to share it with us?

IG: https://www.instagram.com/adiscribe/

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