Wednesday, May 20, 2020
OH BOY! YOU’RE IN TROUBLE...
Are you ready for a great romance novel? I hope so because today's author, Dr. Prasanna Vignesh, and his book, "OH BOY! YOU’RE IN TROUBLE..." is just that and more. Let's go!
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I’m 23 and I’m a Doctor, graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) from Government Dharmapuri medical college, Tamil Nadu, South India. I was born and brought up in the city of Coimbatore, aka “The Manchester of South India.” For people who haven’t heard of it, the water here is considered as the second sweetest in the world and it has amazing weather. I did my schooling in a Convent in Coimbatore. Looking back at my school life, I feel like I’m one lucky guy. I’ve had a perfect childhood full of dreams and hopes with zero regrets. My parents are really cool, they have never forced me to study something or do something which I’m not interested in, though I’ve given them a tough time as a kid being very mischievous. From watching cartoons, reading marvels and failing to do my homework to playing outside and grazing up my knees, I’ve done it all. I’ve always been studious and got good scores in high school and managed to land myself in a medical school. My life changed since then. Medical school chiseled me as a person. To be honest, it took me a long time to adapt myself as a more serious and responsible person from being a carefree teenager. I’ve gone through many sleepless nights in the process. And yes, I was insomniac and I’ve overcome that. Being a doctor I feel like it’s my duty to spread awareness and help people battling with it. Currently I’m planning for a road trip across India after the Covid crisis end (hopefully it ends soon). I just wanna travel across the world, meet new people, learn new cultures and in the whole process I wanna rediscover myself. Fingers crossed!
What inspired you to author this book?
I started writing little poems when I was at the age of 13 or 14. But to be honest, I’ve never considered myself becoming a writer. I used to scribble a few lines my mind gushes out every now and then, whenever I got some time. But with time, my passion for writing started growing with me and I started freeing up a part of my day for writing. Being in a medical school I’ve had a lot of headaches, why should I write a book and try to publish it... it might fight face a lot of criticism, there is a chance that people might not like my work or simply my book might go unnoticed. If I had thought about all those things, I would never get a chance at my passion and what I’m actually capable of. This very thought inspired me to write. And this story is about a similar guy who wants to become a writer and dares to chase his passion despite the hurdles posed by the society. When life gives an artist the love, the pain, the happiness and the sorrow what does he do? He just finds a way to express it.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Actually I designed my own book cover. I got a little help from my friend. I just thought of trying before I could actually order for one, but when I ended up designing the cover I could never think of anything else. This cover has everything I have it in my story. A guy walking past a girl in the background... he seems to be moving on in life and heading for a travel. There’s love behind him and life in front of him. The story has it all.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My Grandfather for sure. He and his fairy tales planted the seed in me. He passed away when I was eight. I still miss him. There isn’t a bliss for a kid as growing up hearing his/her grandparents’ stories.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
The fear of failure. For a long time I’ve convinced myself that I don’t have it in me. It’s amazing what you can achieve and surprise yourself by overcoming your personal demons that pull you down. I had an experience, when I said I was gonna write a book few people made fun of me. I guess every writers at some point would’ve experienced that. But when I got my book written, words can’t explain the happiness. Indian youngsters are never short of talents, sometimes it’s just the society and the fear of failures that pull us down. But things are changing now and hopefully more youngsters will have the courage to get above the fear of failures and chase their dreams.
Tell your readers about your book.
This story is about a guy who in his early twenties dreams of becoming a writer but falls prey for the constantly demanding society and his suffering family. When life offers him a chance, it comes with a cost of love and rejection. Can the amalgam of love and pain he was bestowed upon with, transform into a real artist? Can he succeed in his love-life? The twist his life going to get might change his life forever. You gotta read the book to know more about his beautiful passionate life.
Who is your target audience, and why?
Though the story is in the context of Indian youths, it applies to all the youngsters across the world. This story speaks about father, mother, the relationship and the level of understanding between the kids and their parents in the modern society, the current scenario of writers, the failure of the society to encourage youngsters to chase their dreams. Anyone can read my book and relate to it. But answering your question, my target audience is the boys and girls between the age of 14 to 30.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
It’s a good question. I think the definition of success differs from person to person. For many writers, it could be the achievement of the status of “Best-selling Author” and for some, it could be the awards. For few, it could be just making a living with their writing. I used to think about it all. When I completed writing the book, everything just went blank and I was genuinely happy. I didn’t think about sales and awards and I didn’t care about the reviews, I was just happy that I gave my heart into something and that has come for real. I don’t mind the negative reviews and in fact, I’d happily accept them and try to correct myself. I got my book published and I’m happy with all the positive reviews and love I’m receiving from my readers and in the meantime I understood success don’t happen overnight, it takes years of dedication and hard work. Most importantly it takes so much patience and faith to finally taste it. As of now I have become a Doctor and an Author at the age of 23 which I consider as a success. I’ve a bucket list and if I could do all those things in the list, I’d consider it as the greatest success in life.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I think every writer has a uniqueness in them. I personally tend to render my writing simple and realistic. All my characters are very natural and I feel readers can connect to them very easily.
Posted by Dr. Melissa Caudle at 2:54 PM