Here’s an exclusive interview with Kevin Missal- the author of the bestselling mythological book ‘Dharmyoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu’
Short Details about the author-
Kevin Missal is a twenty-one-year-old graduate of St. Stephen’s College. He has recently released the first book of the Kalki Trilogy, Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu, which has received praise from newspapers such as Millennium Post and Sunday Guardian who have termed it as “2017’s mythological phenomenon”.
Kevin loves reading, watching films and building stories in his mind. He lives in New Delhi.
Kevin Missal had started writing books at a very young age of 12 years. His first book ‘Damien Black: The battle of lost ages’ was released by the then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit. It had earned a lot of praise from not only readers but big media companies. after that, he had published many books like Karma, Unlocked, Yama and many Unknown. (Actually, I knew only two books by him but after huge research, I succeeded in finding 3 more. God knows how many more he has published.)
Some personal questions-
Q. Did you like writing stories from childhood?
Uh yes, when I was 12 I began writing and I loved every second of it. My first book was a fantasy and it was fifty pages long.
Q. Do you like reading a lot of books?
Q. Which is your favourite book?
The Godfather. Everything about storytelling stems from that.
Q. Do you like books of a specific genre or you like reading books of every taste?
The taste depends on what genre I’m reading.
Q. Who was your favourite childhood author?
Funnily enough, Charles Dickens. I loved Oliver Twist as a child.
Q. Who is your favourite author now?
Brandon Sanderson. He’s just too good.
Q. Which book are you reading in present?
I’m reading a book on Wajid Ali Shah. It’s non-fiction.
Q. Which was the last movie you watched? Do you watch a lot of movies or only some?
Um, the last proper movie I watched was Infinity War. Yes, I watch a lot of movies and I love it.
Q. What would you say about the young writers in India as you are also one of them? Are they doing good in this field?
I think they are doing good. They are being supported, but some of them aren’t. All they need to do is get their reading habits straight.
Q. What do you prefer, Books or Screen Adaptions?
Questions about the book ‘Dharmyoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu’ Book 1 in the ‘Kalki Trilogy’-
Q. What inspired you to write this book?
I always wanted to write something like Game of Thrones but wanted to also have a Hercules-like-character in the middle.
Q. Was it a sudden Idea that forced you to write this book or you had been planning it for some time?
Planning. Kalki was there in my initial draft about a book in Ashwatthama.
Q. What was the reaction of your Family Members and Friends when you told them about your project?
They believed in it.
Q. Did you get the required support?
Very much so and I love them for that.
Q. Did you read and travel a lot for writing this book?
Nope, I hate travelling.
Q. How did you feel while writing this book? Did you enjoyed it or it puzzled you a little?
Enjoyed it thoroughly at the puzzled instances haha.
Q. How would you like to describe the character of Kalki?
Naive. An idiot but who will grow and learn.
Q. What is the best thing in the character of Kalki in your eyes?
Q. What would you say about the other characters of your trilogy? How would you like to describe them?
Q. Are you curious about various mythologies and read a lot about them or it is just for your trilogy?
Nope. I love Greek, Egyptian, Norse mythology. In fact, with Sinbad, I’m going wide and large towards different mythologies.
Q. As a reader, how many points will you give your book out of 10?
It’s not perfect.
Questions about the sequel ‘Satyayoddha Kalki: The eye of Brahma’ Book 2 in the ‘Kalki Trilogy’-
Q. When shall we expect the sequel to the first book?
Q. Is it true that the 2nd book will contain some stunning revelation/ surprise or it will just carry the story forward and all the surprises will come in the 3rd book?
The second book will reveal a lot of things than the third book.
Q. What do you think the 2nd book is when compared to the first one, less or equal or more?
A lot more than I expected. It surpasses the first one, according to me.
Q. Is it true that new characters are introduced in the 2nd book or all the old ones are present only?
Most of the old ones die and yes there are new characters.
Q. Any special thing you would like to say about the 2nd book?
Uh, it’s personal. Very personal and yet gigantic in storytelling.
Q. Any advise, you would like to give the readers before reading the 2nd book?
Just brace yourself.
The last question-
Q.What message you would like to give to the readers?
Thanks for liking Kalki and supporting it. If you didn’t like the first one so much, I’m sure you’ll love the second one.
Have a good day and keep reading!