Today, I have an interview with Uday Satpathy, author of Brutal.
A brief write-up on Brutal:
"Death penalty looms over a schoolteacher who commits a heinous crime with absolutely no motive. The nation wants revenge, and an obscure vigilante group delivers it brutally, even before the trial could begin. Just when the world thinks that the bloody saga is over, two journalists dig deeper into the case. And so begins their nightmare. Treading over bodies of their leads and chased by assassins, they will soon realize that some mysteries should better be left untouched."
Q. Tell us something about yourself?
I work in the IT Industry, serving Life Sciences clients. I am an Electrical engineer and an MBA by education, though they don’t add much to my writing skills J. I am an avid thriller reader and follow this genre a lot. My dream is to write a top-class legal thriller some day.
Q. Brutal is your first book. How long did it take you to write it?
Brutal took around a year and half for me to write. But, the editing and rework must have taken another six months.
Q. What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a panster?
I am predominantly a plotter, though I don’t believe in too detailed plotting. My plot usually divides the story into 5-6 major chunks and major twists. Within those boundaries, I have a free brush and I can use any colour.
Q. How did you go about doing research for this book, especially the characters of Doctor and Sultan.
My background in Pharma and Healthcare helped me a lot in shaping the character of the Doctor. On the other hand, I had to do a lot of research on Indian Special Forces to make Sultan’s character credible.
Q. I was fascinated with the Kushwaha family and their work. What was the inspiration behind creating such a family?
My inspiration for such a family comes from Robert Ludlum’s works which often talk about megalomaniac corporations and families. His books have had a profound influence on my writing.
Q. I made an instant connection with the main character Prakash Sinha. Any chance of seeing him in future books?
Oh yes. Prakash Sinha will remain a major component of the realm of my novels. His background in a sleazy magazine, his troubled childhood, his family are some angles which I have not explored deeply in Brutal. These stories will probably surface in the subsequent instalments. In fact, a few more characters of Brutal might make a comeback.
Q. Did you try submitting to traditional publishers?
Yes. I did try submitting to traditional publishers for almost six months, without much success. A couple of them rejected my proposal, while others didn’t respond. At that point I made a decision of not waiting further and showcasing it on BloodyGoodBook.com
Q. Any tips for writing a thriller?
Invest a lot of time in plotting and doing research. Cut, cut, cut. Remove sub-plots which might bore the readers.
Q. What are you working on now?
I am working on a sequel to Brutal. Hope it will be better and more gripping than my debut work.
Uday Satpathy is an Information Technology expert in the world of Healthcare and Life Sciences. He has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from one of the top B-schools of the country. Brutal, his first novel, was born out of his love for thrillers with intricate plots. He is a movie connoisseur, a cricket fanatic, a quizzing enthusiast and a travel freak. As if that was not enough, he has a special place in his heart for cooking as well.
Bloody Good Book has generously offered to give two books (a hard copy and a ebook to two of my followers). This giveaway is open to all my followers. Let me know in the comments section which one you prefer.