Toffee shares his story about how he chanced upon being an author
Truth be told, I never really wanted to be a writer in the first place. I wrote my first book to come out of depression and then forgot about it. But as time passed, positive feedback started pouring in and I would receive emails daily from readers asking about my next book. Catch up with Toffee to know more:
Sanchita: What triggered the birth of Arjun, in your head? How did you come to think of a geek’s need for love?
Toffee: I have always found women confusing. Not just me, I can say with confidence that a lot of guys are in the same boat. And Arjun is no different. To find answers to my questions, I interviewed many girls, did some research, and tried my best to get into their heads. I found aspects that are close to reality but aren’t really discussed in the media, news channels and other popular psychology books. So, I wanted to write a book about the journey of a guy trying to figure out women and about everything that he discovers during his journey. This line of thought gave birth to Arjun.
To answer the second question, I think Geeks need love more than others as they are less sociable, have fewer friends and don’t know how to woo girls. Every good book is a journey of transformation, and what can be more interesting than the transformation of a geek to a flirt?
Sanchita: As an author, how did the feedback about your first book influence your second book?
Toffee: The feedback about my first book changed everything and had a profound influence on my second book. Truth be told, I never really wanted to be a writer in the first place. I wrote my first book to come out of depression and then forgot about it. But as time passed, positive feedback started pouring in and I would receive emails daily from readers asking about my next book.
Initially, I didn’t take those emails seriously. But as the mails kept pouring in, I realized that may be.. just maybe I have a gift of writing. I then started writing my next book, primarily because of the feedback I received for my first one.
Sanchita: Would you ever want to see ‘Finding Juliet’ play out on the silver screen? If yes, who would be your choice for the star cast- the hero and heroine?
Toffee: Of course, I would like to see the book play out on the silver screen. In fact, it has all the ingredients for a perfect block buster and the plot flows like a screenplay. If only this book was written by a popular author, I strongly feel that it would have been picked up for a movie. The choice of hero and heroine would undoubtedly be Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
Sanchita: Who is your favourite author? And why?
Toffee: I like Malcolm Gladwell, Paulo Coelho and Khaled Hosseini. But if I had to choose one among them, I would choose Khaled Hosseini.
He has this amazing ability to tug all the strings of your heart. His words can make you feel joy, grief, and both at the same time. His words flow smoothly and touch a part of your soul that you never knew even existed. You become a better human being after reading his books. I can go on and on, but I will stop now. All I would say is that even if a machine reads Khaled Hosseini’s books, it will be moved to tears.
Sanchita: Sneak peek into your next project
Toffee: My next project is a book about two people in love – a boy and a girl – but with different expectations. It will answer the question – what happens when a simple boy falls in love with a complicated girl?
The book will be of romance genre but it won’t be a clichéd one. It will give a realistic portrait of love in modern times, and how love is perceived differently by different people and how it can change one’s life forever.
Rapid Fire Round (first thought that comes to your mind on hearing these words)
a. Nerd – Those nerdy glasses.
b. Love – It gives as much pain as it gives happiness.
c. Advise – The free advice that everyone gives without really understanding what you are going through.
d. Casanova – Irresistible flirt
e. Fulfilling – a heart-felt conversation with someone who doesn’t judge.
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