Saying 'I am not interested in politics' is no guarantee that people will leave you alone. The politically-inclined will single you out as a soft target and go after you.

One shouldn't say yes in desperation to the first publisher who approaches. New authors especially should wait and weigh their deal and agree only when they are sure that they have landed themselves a good offer.

I look at every book as a new learning opportunity.

You need to be the CEO of your own book.

A self-confessed fan of Harlan Coben, I find it difficult to not read a new Harlan Coben novel the week it comes out.

One can become drab, dull, and boring doing the same thing every day. Writing helps break the monotony.

I always felt that one needs to be remembered long after one has gone.

Generally, people who crib about corporate politics are, more often than not, those who've played the game but lost it.

My favourite authors are Jeffrey Archer, for his story telling skills; John Grisham, for the completely new genre he created; and James Patterson, for the way he created a new business model out of writing.

You don't have to be a criminal to write about fraud!

I am not a great fan of serious, heavy writing. I prefer simple, short sentences, light on prose.

I write largely plot-driven stories.

I would like to implore all the governments of the world to come together to form a protocol to regulate virtual currency.

I keep saying my books don't have superheroes. They have ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

Thousands of books are published every year in India, and it's becoming more difficult to stand out and get people to buy the books. The only way to get people notice the book is to create a buzz much before it's released.

It's not research if you're really interested in what you're reading.

An author needs to be in the market. He or she needs to come out with a new book every year. That keeps you alive in the public mind and gives a push to your older books.

I've always wanted to write, but coming from a small-town background - I was born and brought up in Ludhiana - you think you're not the kind of literary person who will write books that will sell. There was always a kind of defensiveness in me.

A thriller needs to hold the interest of the reader from the very beginning. It needs to engage with them, hold them in rapt attention, and prevent them from putting down the book.

A writer must experiment with genres. Otherwise, it is a restriction on the craft.

A misconception that exists in the eyes of the general reading population is that authors make truckloads of money.

When you write stories linking reality to a big storyline, people relate to it better.

In fiction, if people like one of your books, they tend to pick up your other books as well.

Writing in India will not dramatically change till we learn to value books.

After my first book, I figured that since it was successful, I wanted to continue things better.

I am very adventurous with authors, but not very with genres.

A lot of things that I write about have happened to people around me, if not necessarily to me or in the organizations I've worked in. Having said that, it's fiction and has a lot to do with my imagination and creativity.

I write about banking because it is something I'm familiar with. Also, I don't have to do much research on it.

My favourite authors are John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer. Grisham rapidly established himself and now completely owns the legal space of fiction writing, something I want to do in financial space. I like Archer because he keeps his readers engaged: every chapter is a page turner, and he keeps his writing simple.

I believe Bitcoin is a very convenient way to shop and to transfer money to any account around the world. Governments should work around a framework for the currency instead of putting restrictions on it.

I'm an executive director at a company which gives out retail loans.

While a lot of management development books try to teach you a lesson or give you a scenario of what corporate culture and work practices are about, they're theoretical and written in a sermonizing way. Most people don't get past the first chapter, and they just look nice on the bookshelf.

The first draft is usually junk. You have to work on it seven to eight times.

With social media, one can target the audience and reach out to the segment in a very precise, cost-effective manner.

I will do everything in my power to keep my readers.

There is a certain amount of intrigue that gets created by revealing portions of the book and, in the process, generating a certain amount of interest. Often, authors do this by releasing a few chapters online or even releasing film-like trailers.

If somebody says that they want to write a book but do not know what to write about, they will never write a book.

To make time for writing, one has to take time out from somewhere. Obviously, a fair amount of time that you spend with the family gets compromised. But my family has been very understanding and supportive.

At times, parents foist their own choices on kids and try to get them to read the classics. But kids have very high filters and don't take to it. At other times, parents simply don't know what books to select for their children and end up giving books that aren't appropriate.

I'm probably one of the few authors in this country who could very comfortably live off my writing.

Write something that you are comfortable with. Do not venture into something that you do not want to write about, because gradually, your discomfort with the subject will begin to show.

As authors, we know that it is very difficult to unleash one's creativity.

If a reader likes a particular author, they keep reading all his books, and if the supply is not kept up, then the reader shifts his loyalties.

For 'The Bestseller'... there was hardly any research, but I had to give each person a quirk and develop their stories so that it would relate to who they are.

I feel as long as people enjoy what they read and learn something more, I have done my job as a writer.

If I did not have a de-stresser such as writing novels, I would lose focus at work.

I believe any fiction writer is inspired by real life.

Kids who read are bright.

When James Bond presses the watch and the car explodes, the writer doesn't go into the science of it. One should leave it to the leap of faith. I have tried to explain as much as possible, and what I can't, I have left it to people's imagination.