Time Aberration – Author Speaks

Rahul Sharma, one of the new authors of the generation got published his latest novel ‘Time Aberration’ in 2019. This novel is one of the best science fiction novels to read in 2020 if you haven’t read it yet.

We managed to grab a quick word with the author Rahul Sharma for a short interview. Read about his writing journey and his advice for the budding writers.

Interviewer: For those who don’t know, could you tell us a little bit about your new novel, Time Aberration?

Rahul: This is the story of Jeff, a young intelligent boy, who has all the happiness in his life. A beautiful girl, Jessica who loved him like a million stars in the sky. His father who works at a cyber tech is a renowned scientist. College hood, where everyone admires him and glorified with his intelligence. He has a perfect life and yet, he wants to kill himself since he came to know the mysterious thing about his existence.  A small change in timeline leads to a catastrophic event and here, he was saved by a stranger who somehow knew all the answers to Jeff’s existence.

Interviewer: What is the idea behind Time Aberration?

Author: One fine night, I was watching the science fiction series which had allowed me to incept an idea about the word called “ Time Aberration” an anomaly in time. Since then I had decided that I should pen down the idea into the science fiction novel.

Interviewer: Why did you choose to write a science fiction book?

Rahul: Andy Weir is my favorite author and after reading his book and watching so many science fiction made me realize that I can understand science fiction better. Being a Physics graduate made it a bit easy to draft a few concepts of Time travel and given me the confidence to pen down the idea of Time Travel fiction.

Interviewer: How do you keep up with writing as you are a working HR professional as well?

Rahul: I think and generate ideas and keeping it secure using my handy notebook or on a mobile writing application and draft on the laptop. The book comes alive through a combination of drafting and outlining. I revise a lot. I write in my study table, sofa or dining table at home wherever it is comfortable, I can maybe edit at coffee shops or airport while traveling. I use music (slow romantic Hollywood soundtracks are my favorite) as sensory triggers to help me shift mental space from the office work. With each chapter, there are one or two trigger songs I’ll play a million times. It’s so Pavlovian now that when I hear these songs, the characters wake up.

Interviewer: Your favorite author and the reasons behind it?

Rahul: Amish Tripathi, Andy Weir, David Baldacci and many more. Simply because they keep the reader engaged and love the choice of word, they use to describe any plot. I like Andy’s humor the most.

Interviewer: Your favorite author and the reasons behind it?

Rahul: Amish Tripathi, Andy Weir, David Baldacci and many more. Simply because they keep the reader engaged and love the choice of word, they use to describe any plot. I like Andy’s humor the most.

Interviewer: In your perception, what qualifies as an excellent read?

Rahul: A good book is one that makes the reader feel. It takes the reader on a compelling journey. I also search for the content. Something that makes me learn something. It does not matter the author, or if the content is happy or good, to make it a good book. For me, if it grabs my interest, makes me think, or helps me learn something then it is a good book.

Interviewer: What genre can we expect from you in the near future?

Rahul: As of now Sci-Fi, the series of Time Aberration. But surely, I would love to write a Thriller.

Interviewer: In your opinion, how relevant are books today considering that so much content is available as videos?

Rahul: Most of the time books are better than videos or movies. Books can let you imagine the setting or events happening in the story. They are also more detailed. When we read a book, we tend to visualize the characters a certain way and also when reading books, we get more knowledge and it helps us improve our vocabulary.

Interviewer: Could you tell us about some challenges of being a writer in today’s time?

Rahul: There are many challenges that the writer faces today, lack of confidence, the fear of getting publisher, fear of selling and the most importantly the recognition.

Interviewer: One common issue that every budding writer is concerned about is getting a publisher. Could you elaborate on it?

Rahul: It is extremely hard to get a traditional publisher to even read your manuscript let alone offer you a publishing contract. Traditional publishers are generally bombarded with hundreds of manuscripts from tons of writers and agents. At best your manuscript will be subject to a brief skim for a couple of minutes before the editor decides whether it’s worth it or not. Given the short time frame they work under, you need to make sure that your book ticks a lot of boxes at first glance and create an impact with the editor if at all you are lucky enough to get your manuscript read. For first time authors, it becomes even harder to get a traditional publishing contract due to a perceived risk of publishing a relatively unknown name. But, With Self-Publishing Authors get the opportunity to actually get their book published and into the hands of the reader without having to go through the process of getting approval from an editorial team.

Interviewer: Any message to aspiring writers?

Rahul: Focus on the work itself. Ignore the ‘rules’ of writing in a first draft and ignore the doubting voice in your head.  Just write the book you want to read.  The editing comes later.  Make it the best it can be; get feedback from people who aren’t already your friends. Also, remember that everyone is different, and if one person doesn’t like your manuscript, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t.  If you’re lucky enough to receive detailed feedback, listen to it.  Examine it from every angle and improve.  Don’t get defensive and all the best.

Time Aberration is easily available on online and offline stores or you can also read this science fiction novel from our corporate library.

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