One of the things I like to ask authors is what they consider a “successful writer” to be. It’s different for all of us. Bijumon Jacob answered this by referring to the last impact a book has. Not just now, but for generations to come.
What lasting impact your book had not in terms of social change but in terms of the wave it created, the reviews it attracted, the number of readers you have and of course, whether it lasts beyond this generation.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I am a senior HR professional holding a country level leadership role for a Swiss firm in India. However, much before I got into management, I had a few years with the media in various capacities – editing, reporting, feature writing. My first book Farewell was published by Better Yourself Books in 1994 and is still in circulation. Other writings were mostly published in magazines and newspapers.
Tell us about Credomanics: An Act of Faith.
This is my first novel – the nearest I got to fiction before this was a short story in The Teenager some 20 years ago! Credomanics – An Act of Faith is the story of a cop, who is on a long protest leave, being called up on to negotiate the release of two kidnapped diplomats from Vatican. The story traces three boys from their childhood to the present day and outlines the dynamics that lead to the forming extreme views they hold. It is a suspense and action story but you will find right mix of romance and humor through the book.
Book you’re currently reading?
Principle-Centered Leadership by Covey
Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I write mostly when alone. Novel is typed directly on computer – poetry is first written in a diary. I prefer nights and early mornings for my writing.
What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
Access to the writings of hundreds of great work of fiction in our times. They inspire me.
What is one thing that frustrates you about being a writer?
High nosed literary agents and some publishers who are at the mercy of these guys who play brokers. In today’s world, you as publisher should have other ways of filtering new authors.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes, I do. When hit by it just forget about the whole thing and get on with life. Read extensively and then the block withers off without you knowing.
Dumas, Dickens, Abhinav Ghosh, MT Vasudevan Nair, Jeffery Archer, Dostoevsky
The Three Musketeers by Dumas
Great Expectations by Dickens
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I have stories to tell, a point to make and writing is the way I know. There are times when I write only for myself and those are mostly poems and I never publish them.
Where can we learn more about you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
On topics in my field – ie HR – I do speak at various forums including FM stations and major online celebrity chat sessions.
My earlier writings were under pen name Biju Punnathanam