About Bala C
Bala, an IT engineer by profession, has a tremendous passion towards reading and writing, with his favourite author being the ever-green Stephen King. With the bookshelf filled with King’s unbelievable plethora of stories and being a fervent fan of horror-thriller, he always dreamt of holding a book in his hands with his name as its author, which motivated him to script his first complete storybook.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Bala C: The Order of Mayhem is a fiction, horror-thriller, and the first full-length novel of mine that I enjoyed the most while scripting it starting from the first page till the last. It’s a mixed genre I should say! The plot has a connection between two different worlds and the story goes on in a twirling fashion. It was a tough process but as I ended up completing it, the feeling was insane!! I felt like the happiest man alive!
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Bala C: I must say God implanted it. It happened by itself within my mind 😛 sort of instinctively! I even searched the name online to check whether someone had already used it but, God it wasn’t the case! 😀 And to be honest, it kind of perfectly suited the plot without exposing the genre of the story in the title itself.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Bala C: When I was in the 7th grade, I used to read comic books and sorts of books with more graphical images (as I couldn’t read clusters of sentences, I preferred comics :P) and as years passed by, that reading time slowly turned into a passion within myself. I started reading a lot more (particularly the works of the legend, Stephen King). After completing my schooling, there came a question in my mind, “Why can’t you write da? Imagine having a book in your hand with your name as its author! Imagine the feeling! Be it junk or whatever!” It was at that moment that I decided to write. To write for me; to write for my mom and present her a book with my name on it and see the happiness that pops up on her face. I longed for that moment for many years! Every one of them has a different goal, a different dream, and mine is to make my mom happier by doing what I love the most!!
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Bala C: Definitely, the perspective is not about money. It’s about having a group of people who appreciates and follows our writing, corrects our mistakes, and helps us to evolve our inner self. In the near future, I’d like to be surrounded by those people!
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Bala C: I like to sketch portraits of famous architectural wonders and at times do random detailed pencil drawings. Most of the time, I’d be sitting with a book in my hand, hallucinating about things that could never happen in real life 😀 and as a typical Indian guy, my love for cricket is impeccable! Often times I’d be getting a severe scolding from my mom and would be playing with my friends. Apart from this, I’d be spending my time watching nail-biting horror movies of various languages (Of-course with subtitles).
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Bala C: A big yes to the question if you ask me whether I’d like to convert my story into a movie! Of course, everyone has that big dream of portraying their handwritten story in a real-life picture. No doubt in that! Whenever I write, even if it’s a small piece of garbage (that comes up in my mind randomly), I picturise it completely. I’ll paint them with colors, I’ll give them details, I’ll inject them with feelings, I’ll buy an imaginary MocoBot in my mind and I’ll record epic moments within the storyline! That’s how much I love to inject life into my plot! Every writer does! But that doesn’t mean that whatever I write should be adopted as a movie. Just a small imaginary section within my mind. After all, writing a fiction story is purely an imaginary thing, right?
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Bala C: Building slowly but steadily. It doesn’t hold any value at this point.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Bala C: To be honest, I’m a beginner myself. There are thousands of experts out there who might have already answered this question accurately but nevertheless, I’ll speak out what I can from my side. First of all, as a writer, we’ve started a journey that never has a destination to it. We go into our imaginary world filled with words, letters, books, dreams, ideologies, dramas, acts, art, and much more! It’s a colorful world filled with lots of fun! At times, we’d be affected by the fact that there’s no end to this imaginary world and that it may lead to an abyss, and spoil our career but that’s not the case. Once we enter it, it’s just pure bliss! Just enjoy what you imagine and write what you enjoy! This a simple yet powerful quote! A never-ending journey without a destination is what I call writing.