Presently biding my time : Slaving away in a corporate job that involves numbers and pie-charts and fooling a lot of people
As I secretly follow my dreams of : Buying a private island in the Pacific – gained from the royalty advances of my novels that usually kick-off a bidding war between publishers. Realistically? I want to stop saying I moonlight as an author and make writing a full time job writing across genres
As good as: Neil Gaiman or Samit Basu. Who am I kidding? Prefer to be just myself
Part of the : Creative Writing Mentorship Program from July 1 – Sep 21 2017
My Website: Sachin Dev
About being a part of Anita’s Attic Creative Writing program
I had heard of Anita’s creative writing program a couple of years back but hadn’t seriously considered going for any mentorship or a training workshop as I didn’t believe that writing, a creative pursuit, could actually be taught.
But after my first book came out last year – and I was wrapping up book two in that series, I realized that I was writing myself into a corner. With respect to my craft as well as my ideas. So this year when I applied for Anita’s workshop, I applied with two thoughts in mind. One was to of course continuously work on and improve my craft but secondly and more importantly, Anita’s guidance and mentorship would definitely be the right platform for me to take my writing to a larger audience and a bigger world out there.
These twelve weeks instilled a new discipline about meeting deadlines and ensuring I am continuously productive. But more than this, the sessions with Anita gave me a clear logical thought process that drove forward my writing – ultimately helping me become a much more conscious writer. It also helped me understand the big bad world of publishing from veterans who had been there, done that. The camaraderie I have struck up with my fellow writers at the workshop have also improved my approach to writing and I have definitely made some good friends here
Sachin discovered Tolkien in his early teens, GRRM as a new adult and countless other gods in pretty much his late twenties. These still form a large wedge in his circle of life. Travel, radio and theatre have also figured in that ever-expanding and diminishing circle. He is the author of Faith of the Nine, an Indian epic fantasy that marries mythology and grimdark – and is diligently completing the rest of the books in that series while getting distracted by magical and fantastical ideas all the time.
On perhaps a more prosaic note, he is an engineer from BITS Pilani and holds an MBA from Indian School of Business. Attribute the love for numbers and pie-charts to this. He is currently based in Bangalore, planning to relocate to an island that hopefully doesn’t submerge in his lifetime. He spends an inordinately large amount of time chasing after his dogs (who love the free life a bit too much) when he is not busy dreaming up fantasy worlds full of monsters. And beautiful Yakshis, of course.
He can usually be found ranting on twitter under the handle @xenosach, devouring books and talking about them on his blog http://fantasy-smorgasbord.blogspot.com. You can always stalk him online at his official website http://sachindevt.com