Hari R Krishna is a graduate in Mechanical engineering and now works in a reputed bank. He still wonders how he ended up in a there, but convinces himself that it gives him enough time to write. He started reading when he was 5 years old, after his mother overwhelmed him with tales of Robin Hood, Enid Blyton‘s works, and Shazam stories. His story ‘The Day of the Black Sun‘ is about egocide, killing our own egos and understanding things.
Please tell us more about your story ‘The Day of the Black Sun’.
The story is about egocide, killing our own egos and understanding things. The black sun symbolizes the ego in our minds, the protagonist refuses to listen to that small voice in his mind, and reaps the repercussions. By the end of the story, he realizes what the voice means and in turn comes a full circle.
What was the writing inspiration behind this story?
I went through the same things a few years ago (not exactly the same lol), it was very painful to let go of my former self, but once I came out of that cocoon it made me a much better person, a happy one indeed.
Do you have any particular rules or rituals you follow as a writer?
Of course, there is a ritual. Every sane writer has one, it is to go around the bloody tree during the devil’s hour, and then sacrifice a non-reader! Legend says for every non-reader sacrificed, we get ten more readers! I have a day job as a banker, so I usually come back from work, sleep a bit and then prowl around in my created worlds.
When you start creating your protagonist, what is the first thing that you look at?
I always come up with the premise and the plot first, the characters follow the lead, try to fit themselves in and struggle against the unfair world created by me, and then the protagonist arrives. They always come last to save the day – how typical of them.
What got you interested in becoming a writer? Where do you go for inspiration?
Reading and understanding things inspired me to write. I try to write almost every day, and inspiration is hardly a part of it. I have been writing for 14 years now, so it’s more or less like a night job for me, and I usually concoct the madness during the night.
Your favourite piece of work written by you. Why?
The ending chapters of my novel ‘Palanquin Of Heaven’, it was a challenge to write them, given what happens to the characters just before climax begins. Although I wrote that book pretty fast, those chapters alone took me weeks to get through.
Your bestselling authors and books list. Why do they make it to your list?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for the lyrical language. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson for the amazing World-building. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for the awesome premise. The Lord Of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien for writing the book. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling for making my childhood memorable. The list just goes on and on.
Any writing tips you’d like to share with fellow writers?
Read a lot, and keep writing. Fiercely defend your writing time no matter what, but never neglect your duties, and also do not restrict yourself to a specific genre.