Pankaj Giri was born and brought up in Gangtok, Sikkim—a picturesque hill station in India. He began his writing career with a book review blog and after several years of honing his writing skills, he wrote his debut solo novel The Fragile Thread of Hope. The inspirational fiction novel was selected as a “Top 5 Finalist” in the Amazon Pen to Publish Contest 2017 and received critical acclaim worldwide. It also led to him being felicitated by Sikkim Manipal University for his contribution to the literature of Sikkim and being invited by popular website YourStory.com and ABN TV, India’s first Nepali satellite channel, for exclusive interviews. He is currently working in the government sector in Sikkim. He likes to kill time listening to progressive metal music and watching movies and sitcoms. Pankaj loves interacting with his readers via social media and always responds promptly.
1. What are your experiences in writing before this book?
– I used to write a few articles during my school days which were published in my school magazine. Thereafter, my interest in writing had subsided before it re-emerged in 2011 when I began writing a few cricket satire articles for a website called HoldingWilley. After reading a few articles, one of my close college friends suggested that we should co-author a book based on our minor escapades in college. We did it and got it published. It was named Friendship Love and Killer Escapades (FLAKE). I was inexperienced then and made many elementary mistakes, which were highlighted in the constructive criticisms I received for the book. Then, after spending some time working on my writing skills, I began writing The Fragile Thread of Hope.
2. Well, you sketched all the characters properly, but which character was most difficult to portray?
– Since I share many characteristics with Soham, I was easier to portray him. Fiona was more difficult to sketch, firstly, as she is a woman and secondly, as she is an entirely fictional character.
3. According to your experience, which is the most important thing to focus on if one is an aspiring writer?
– I feel if you have time and patience, putting your thoughts on paper is not such a big deal. However, the important aspect that aspiring writers tend to ignore is the grammatical correctness of their writing. And since we are not grammar experts, we writers tend to make many mistakes. Aspiring writers need to firstly acknowledge their mistakes and then take steps to correct them by reading more books by critically acclaimed writers, reading articles on the internet about grammar and writing tips, and hiring editors to polish their manuscripts.
4. What are your plans for the next book? If you are already writing one, what’s the genre?
– Before the paperback version of The Fragile Thread of Hope got out, I had some time, so I reflected on many plots and have decided upon a plot for my next book. The book is about family secrets, a genre that’s popular abroad but which hasn’t gained popularity as of now in India.
5. Please add something from your side and for BookXp.
– Thank you for having me on your blog. I love your honest video reviews. I would like to wish you good luck in your future endeavors.
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