In Conversation with Jaykay Heart

Jaykay Heart

About Jaykay Heart

Jaykay Heart (Pseudonym) is an emerging ‘new age’ author of Indian origin. His debut fiction ‘A Butterfly Riddle’ was widely praised in social media for its unique and fresh storyline, accompanied by gripping writing style. The fiction falls in the psychological thriller/ mystery genre. ‘The Times of India’ endorsed and quoted his very first book as ‘a compelling mystery with all flavours of love’. The book garnished positive reviews from book critics and readers alike. Author holds dual master’s degree in business finance and psychology, respectively. He is a daytime finance professional and nighttime writer, whose interests spans across literature, finance, psychology, mysticism and travel. Author’s real name is Jayakrishnan Mohan and he is currently settled in Dubai.

LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.

Jaykay: The book ‘A Butterfly Riddle’ was an attempt to reflect one’s thought process in line with reader’s imagination. I would like to call it a psychological thriller fiction. It is also a power pack of mystery and romance. The story’s concept always used to be with me, for many years it played out in my mind. I guess now was the time to put it forward.

LiFT: Why you chose this title?

Jaykay: Personally, I admire butterflies and their vibrance always used to fascinate me. Over the years, it has become a metaphor for transformation and hope. Two hidden attributes of the central character in this book are, urge to transform and wanting to know. So perhaps, that might be the reason I felt ‘A Butterfly Riddle’ is the most appropriate title.

LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?

Jaykay: I always used to marvel at random quotes, and ponder over their deep meaning. Over the years, I have been training myself sub-consciously to keep looking out for meanings and alternative perspectives of anything and everything that came my way. My love for English language and literature was perhaps inculcated by Mr. Thomas Abraham, our English teacher back in the school days. So yes, one fine day I thought to myself, let me play it out and see how good can it get to be.

LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?

Jaykay: Well, honestly I do not know. Ten years is a really long time. As and when I have the privilege of time, I would definitely make it a point to contribute, the little what ever I have learned.

LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?

Jaykay: Yes, marketing is extremely important in the current world we live in. No matter what the quality of a particular book, inorder to reach the mass, marketing plays a very crucial role. Once, it has made its way to a good average number of people and if one’s work is really good, then I presume, word of mouth will work its wonder.

LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?

Jaykay: Experiment, visualise, imagine, think out of the box and have fun with words.

LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?

Jaykay: Professionally I’m a business analyst for a digital bank. I have a passion for investments and real estate. Lately, I discovered travelling is an amazing stressbuster and it helps broadens one’s mind and attributes.

LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?

Jaykay: I know writer’s block is a real thing. If one is at ease I feel it dissolves. I’m training myself to be at ease all the time. Coffee, workout, movie, travelling, all helps.

LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?

Jaykay: Wow, let me think. Gautam Vasudev Menon and Vineeth Sreenivasan are amongst my favourite Indian directors. So, yes.

LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.

Jaykay: Yes, I have a new plot going on in my mind and have taken up this project with Invincible Publishers. They are one of the leading publishers in India, known for their wide distribution network. I would not be able to reveal further details about the upcoming book, however you may expect another fiction in the thriller category.

LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?

Jaykay: Honestly, I do not think I’m qualified to answer that question. I just got to say, no matter what, follow your dreams! Experiment, fire your imagination and have fun while you write.

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