My most recent book is Evolution of Insanity, a compilation of short stories I have written in the past 5 years. These stories evolved along with my craft, carrying philosophical thoughts, humor, and poetic and prose experimentations. I have played with different styles, polishing, destroying, and reassembling to something new. Throughout my craft I do imbibe values and food for thoughts that obliges the reader to further explore subconscious taboo and dwell on newfound eurekas.
The stories here are of varying topics and scenarios, therefore, there is no exact general theme, but the voice stays fairly consistent and evolving, with all stories sorted chronologically, to present how writing has evolved over time.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am an Indian born in the Philippines, took up entrepreneurship, but enjoyed reading and watching non-fictional programs since childhood. I am now an entrepreneur who is into environmental solutions, as part of my advocacy, but do take time to pursue my hobby and interest accordingly.
I have found myself to be very distant and observant to my surroundings, taking time to understand the logic over its timeline, and dwelling on creative possibilities and impossibilities, expanding thoughts to presented thoughts. I have been able to express this through my writings and artwork, merging creativity with reality, albeit distorted.
Prose writing has come as an evolutionary shift from poetry. I have been writing poetry for 13 years now, purely on revelation of thoughts and mastery of craft. Writing poetry then becomes dull over time, as more challenge was sought, which has then brought me to essays and short stories.
Besides poetry and short stories, I do have a column in National Free Press and Augusta Free Press.
What inspired you to write this book?
This was a compilation of random inspiration. Friends highly complimented the pieces presented and have in fact suggested that it be printed. I only took this seriously when a friend of mine gave me a lot of information the next day in her belief that indeed, the book should be published.
How did you choose the title?
The thematic trait of my short story writing focuses on the idea of insanity not necessarily complying to the norm, taking an extremity and magnifying itself for others to notice as unusual.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
It was more of a hobby to express myself, with no exact or immediate intention to take it full time. It is just what I enjoy doing whenever an opportunity was blessed upon me.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I zone out to a different voice and type away. I let any one of my personalities take charge and craft the piece. I then look at the piece after and keep it as it is.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
They were generally Western and fairly generic. It sounded or felt like a name close to the character in the story.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I love to read PJ O’rourke, David Sedaris, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chuck Palahniuk, Mikhail Bulgakov, and many more. They have been a good source of wit, craft, and has perfected the art of writing as they speak.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Enjoy writing. There is nothing more cumbersome than staring at the word count and trying to reach it.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader would be someone who enjoys exploring intellectual concepts and wit. The book is not entirely appreciated as a general circle, but does hold great value to those who appreciate good wit, unique stories, and deep philosophical concepts.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My book is available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/hmdaswani . A short description is posted there accordingly.