• Sushma Ramesh

In conversation with Ashwath Sezhian, Author of 'An Affliction of Orchids'

When Ashwath reached out to me to read and review his book, I am not going to lie, but I wasn't expecting the book to be this good. I mean while reading it, I did not feel that an Indian author wrote it even for once and, that says a lot about the Author and his writing style. Writing a debut novel in one of the toughest genres of psychological thriller fiction is a tricky one, but after reading An Affliction of Orchids, I can assure you all that, he has passed the results of writing his titular novel with flying colors. Here's thegeekybookreader, in conversation with him regarding his experience in writing the book, and more!

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1. What made you become a writer?

Reality. Reality made me become a writer. I’ve always had a story I wanted to tell, and ever since I was a child, I wanted to direct it on the big screen. But as I grew, the more realistic the idea became, lol. And that’s when I turned to writing.

2. Are you a reader? If so, what are the genres of books you read?

Yes, I am, but not as much as it would seem. I prefer writing to reading. But the books that do keep me up at night are ghost stories and psychological thrillers.

3. What was your thoughts while writing the book with such complex characters?

Depth has always made a character to me. And so, my only goal from the beginning was to give each character a set of strengths and flaws.

4. How do you manage to write in your busy schedule of being a Medical intern?

I wrote the first draft when I was a student. I used to write in-between classes, and whenever I skipped a class, I would go to a friend’s room in the hostel and write there. During Internship, it was the rewrite I was focused on. And worked on that, first thing in the morning.

5. How did you come up with the storyline of ‘An Affliction of Orchids’?

It started with my fascination of the disease. From there, it took a life of its own.

6. Have you taken any professional courses in writing? if not how did you procure this tremendous grip on your writing and language skills?

No, I haven’t. My exposure to a whole lot of movies, and TV shows as a child certainly helped.

7. Never did I ever feel that I was reading a debut work of an Indian Author, tell me how does it feel now that your book is out in the world and people are raving about your work?

Haha to be honest, it feels weird when people message about the characters I have written. I was with those characters for over two and a half years, since I was 18. And now, learning that they live in the minds of other people is really strange.

8. What are your hobbies other than writing?

Going to the gym and watching football has been a big part of my life.

9. What is that one thing that you absolutely loved writing in the novel?

The murder scenes. I mean there’s a kick in writing a situation that I can never live in real life. Lol, don’t alert the cops.

10. Lastly, do you have any plans for your next work? If so, could you give a glimpse on it?

I’m working on two books at the moment. The one I hope is next is a Romance. Trying to spread my wings a little before I settle on a specific genre. It’s called ‘When Varun met Meera’ and that’s all I can say for the moment.

Once again, Thank you so much Ashwath for giving me the opportunity to have an interview with you, and also for writing the book with such brilliant storyline. It was very much fun reading your responses for all the questions, and I wish you all the very best for your future works on writing.

Reach out to Ashwath on Instagram, to know more about the author and his amazing write-ups!

Read my review on 'An Affliction of Orchids' here, and to buy the book on Amazon, click here.

Until next time, have a good one everyone, and stay safe!