Juggernaut writing platform’s editor’s pick of the week is The Mobile Killer, by Suraj Patil.
A serial killer nicknamed The Mobile Killer is on the loose in the city of Pune. The fourth murder disturbs Raj who feels as if he knew the victim from somewhere. Stuck with a bad hangover, Raj tries to figure out how exactly he knew the victim and if he had witnessed the murder.
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Suraj has won the 3rd prize in India Film Project’s short scriptwriting contest, 2017. He has been writing novels for four years. He has written four unpublished novels and is writing his fifth one right now. He works in the IT industry and has self published two technical books.
Your story is Editor’s Pick of the Week. Please tell us more about it, and its inspiration.
This story was my first attempt at writing a crime thriller. I usually don’t plot my stories, I have an overall idea and I just start writing it on my notebook. For this story, I sat down wondering what will happen when a guy has a split personality and is a serial killer. I’ve done my fair share on serial killers and I wanted to incorporate that knowledge in this story. Of course, Batman’s Joker was one inspiration.
Do you have any particular rules or rituals you follow as a writer?
I try to write & read daily. First draft is always on paper because I can’t write a sensible story on Word for some reason. After the first draft is done, I shelve it and re-read it after a few weeks. That shows me the loopholes. I edit it 10-15 times, the entire story. Then give it to friends to read & then take their feedback. I then listen to it using a software to read pdfs. Then final edit.
What got you interested in becoming a writer? Where do you go for inspiration?
Four years ago, I was at home along with my nephew. For that entire day he was narrating a story about what had happened to him when he had gone on a vacation. It did not make sense, but it lit a bulb in my head: story telling is the most natural form of communication. Also, I had a very close friend in school, he and I had decided to start a revolution like the Russian revolution. One way of doing that for me, was writing books.
What’s that one piece written by you which is your all-time favourite?
It is a science fiction novel that is based across three centuries (1990, 2050 and 3500). It is an epic fantasy, the world has been devastated by the third world war, democracy has been dismantled, Asia is the only habitable place in the world after terrorists atom bombed United States. That story is about someone meddling in the time space continuum and the journey of a guy sent back in time from 3500 to fix the issue when he doesnt even know what the issue is. It was the first novel I wrote and I am very proud of it.
Your bestselling authors and books list. Why do they make it to your list?
GRRM, JRR Tolkein, Agatha Christie, Jeffrey Archer, Jeffrey Deaver, Shri Na Pendse, Shivaji Sawant etc
Their books teach me a lot about story telling and some of them just blew my mind away by superb plots, narration.
Any writing tips you’d like to share with fellow writers?
Read a lot. Write a lot. Edit a lot. Write what you’d like to read. And as GRRM says on his website “advice for new authors”:always write in your own universe. Don’t borrow characters or universes. For eg, don’t start writing Harry Potter fan fiction. The challenge is to tell a good story with real sounding characters. If you borrow plots & reuse characters then you’ll not develop as a good story teller