Abishek Balakumar is an author of children’s books and an expert in creative writing, a big dreamer and thinker and loves taking young readers into worlds where literally anything can happen. Like magical time tunnels that take you to ancient times, forbidden sorcery or magic hats and talking cats! His books are the result of his professional experience in writing, his personal life experiences, and those of being surrounded by children.
His books want to entertain and amuse children and teenagers with his latest book, “Before the Flames Could Rest”. Suspense isn’t a thing – it’s a feeling that encompasses mystery, thriller, and even some blood magic. “Before the Flames Could Rest” will have you on the edge of your seat, heart-pounding, blood racing… all that adrenaline-y stuff. You can read with friends, family or trusted grown-ups. The book has received praise from teachers and parents and is widely used in classrooms.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Abishek: Writing for children can be a wild ride. It is full of ups and downs, but success will depend on your tenacity to stay on that bucking bronco.
It’s storytime, for children and their “grown-up!”. This is the story of four teens who are in their fourteens – in the unknown reaches of time. You can count on an awe-inspiring fantasy world that is beyond possible, the grace of the characters living in their unique way, and the newest adventure paths that cross often. With new companions everywhere and new encounters every step of the way… Will our smartest heroes overcome the terrifying hurdles? Do our four heroes have any prophecy to complete? More magical battles are happening don’t miss any of them.
Now, you might be wondering: what exactly will our four heroes do? The one thing that unites this fantasy novel is, of course, the tantalizing buildup of suspense. Suspense isn’t a thing – it’s a feeling that encompasses mystery, thriller, and even some blood magic. “Before the Flames Could Rest” will have you on the edge of your seat, heart-pounding, blood racing… all that adrenaline-y stuff.
Also, this narrative is told by an uncle who is a cool dude who loves his niece and nephew like a parent, relates to you as a brother and sister, and indulges you – a unique relationship! Along with his Niece (real) as Nephew (reel). If you want to be a “cool uncle,” just read this book and share it with your nieces and nephews to earn the title.
Psst! “EYE-GRABBING GRAPHICS” are included in this book.
The journey: Write for at least a half hour every day. Keep a journal and write whatever comes into your head without editing. Feed your soul often by taking a walk alone and allowing your imagination to wander. You might just get inspired and meet your main characters along the way. Remember: Ideas are everywhere. You must remain open.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Abishek: Before the Flames Could Rest – The key focus of this narrative is fire, as well as the suspense that surrounds it. What happens before the flames could rest? What happens if the flames do not quieten down? Who knew!! To create that tantalising suspense, I picked this title.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Abishek: It was never a better time to be an author—or to aspire to become one. TBH my inspiration was only “Songs and series” no authors and journalists.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Abishek: A bookshelf brimming with Abishek’s children’s books. To see my characters on big screens and to have a large number of young readers.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Abishek: And this is where I need to tell my second bio from the third person’s point of view.
Abishek Balakumar is a Senior Content Writer and Partner Marketer at Ameex Technologies with a passion for connecting the dots. He is hellbent on bringing creativity and storytelling to B2B marketing. He works closely with partners at major brands to bring new and inspiring voices to his blogs and ultimately expand Ameex media’s impact and reach.
Marketing is the KEY!
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Abishek: Equality, Kindness, Love, Always help. – This world needs it.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Abishek: 9 to 5 job, my dad runs the ‘CVR Greengrocer,’ I help him – Weekends, fundraising activities.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Abishek: I simply do nothing. Leave it and begin the following day – thankfully, there will be much in your dreams that will inspire you to write the next day.
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Abishek: Indian film director – Mani Ratnam
In “Before the Flames Could Rest” the 4 main characters
Jaden: Ranveer Singh – Indian Actor
Sapphire: Sofia Vergara – Colombian-American actress
Jason: Jayam Ravi – Indian actor
Stanica: Aishwarya Rajesh – Indian actress
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Abishek: Yes.. “Abi & Katt” – soon will update you… I love this combination. I’ve already introduced “Abi and Katt” in “Before the Flames Could Rest”
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Abishek: Keep writing and working to improve your craft with the expectation that there is someone out there who needs to hear your words.