Sreemay Rath, a sixteen-year old Oriya boy now residing in Mumbai is creating a sensation in the literary circles with his fourth book, Covetous. The book released by Blue Rose Publishers has been ranked among the top Amazon bestsellers.

We will talk with Sreemay about his new book ‘Covetous’

Sreemay Rath, Author of 'Covetous'

What is the story behind your book ‘Covetous’. Where did you get your idea for the book?

So, I got my inspiration to write poems for my book ‘Covetous’ by observing people a lot. Personal experiences and ordeals have played a major role in deriving the yearn to write poems for this book.
Be it something that drenches the soul apart, depression or an incident that happened with a dear friend that has troubled me. So, it would be safe to say that I derive my work out of life’s own ordeals.

Challenges you faced while writing this book and in your life as an author?

Writer’s block is one, judgemental society is another. However, the most prominent difficulty is convincing a publisher to publish your work traditionally. In today’s time where every other publisher is looking to make money, there are very few who choose to promote art as well.

What is your life mantra?

To not be badgered by what other’s think of me. To write to oneself and oneself only.

What is your writing process like?

I choose a cozy corner and take some time to get settled, i always have a kettle of rustic black coffee to keep me awakr while writing. Once I get into a flow, I write about 10 wholesome pages. Normally while writing the book, it took me a total of 6 months to come up with “Covetous.” I used to write, edit, erase and rewrite atleast 5 times before being satisfied with my work for the book.

Anything special about your book that you want to share?

The special thing is, the book is based on personal ordeals. It connects with people of my age which is why I feel my age bracket will appreciate the book a lot.
The most unique thing about the book is that I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. Once you enjoy doing a task your passion lies in, the task become all the more memorable.

According to you, what are the three qualities an author must have to achieve success?

  • Never plagiarize.
  • Don’t bother about what other’s have to say.
  • Reread and edit extensively.

What are your plans for next book?

I plan to pivot towards writing fiction for poetry is tough to sell in India for the time being.

What advice do you have for young writers?

My only advice for young writers is to read good authors/poets. To not be swayed by micro poets who are merely commercial profiteers of their work.

Share a quote or line that has been your inspiration.

“There isn’t much to writing, you should sit in front of a typewriter and bleed”. – Ernest Hemingway