Ravi Bedi honestly believes he could have done better in life in the field of music, but he became a Chemical Engineer by default and joined the Air Force more for the lure of the blue uniform than any patriotic fervor. There was nothing chemical about it. His heart was in the creative world.
To quench his artistic thirst, he became a self-taught painter and, once in a long while, earned some pocket money, which allowed him to buy a bottle or two of scotch. After dumping all his paintings in his basement, he decided to try his hand at writing, even though he learned more abuses in school than English prose! With his first book, “Lovers’ Rock”, (thanks to Rupa) he has earned a pass to join the party.
Ravi Bedi runs a hotel in town to put meat on the table–just in case he runs out of the ‘royalty’. He lives with his wife of 50 years in Jodhpur, and enjoys his golf.
Congratulations on having your book in print, Ravi, and for participating in this Fast Forward author interview. Can you please tell us where the idea for Lovers’ Rock came from?
RAVI BEDI: I got this outrageous idea way back in 1966, sitting on an isolated beach, with not a soul in sight for miles. The ocean was so vast… it could swallow a jumbo aircraft without anybody knowing. And that gave me the beginning of a diabolical plot, which remained in the back of my mind for many years, until I got fed up with painting and decided to try my hand at writing.
FAST FORWARD: What genre does your book fall under?
RAVI BEDI: That’s a tough one. ‘Romantic thriller’ I guess.
FAST FORWARD: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
RAVI BEDI: A high octane story of obsessive love, passion, betrayal and retribution, which will take you through interesting twists and turns, culminating into disastrous results.
FAST FORWARD: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
RAVI BEDI: It is being launched by Rupa Publishing Company (No agents).
FAST FORWARD: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
RAVI BEDI: I learned more abuses in school than English prose. That should give you a fair idea of how long it took. Well, two years for the first draft (a bad copy), and another two for the final one that took another two-and-a-half for the publishers to send it to the printers.
FAST FORWARD: What other books would you compare your story to within your genre?
RAVI BEDI: I can’t honestly answer this question. Most of the books I buy are lined up with bookmarks midway, waiting to be opened on a rainy day. (We don’t get much rain in these parts).
FAST FORWARD: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
RAVI BEDI: My honest answer may sound boastful and conceited, but frankly, I thought I could do better than some of the famous ones that I read in full. My fertile mind is loaded with creative juices, which is helpful.
FAST FORWARD: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
RAVI BEDI: Fiction, in my humble opinion is all about entertaining … taking a reader through a long journey of interesting twists and turns … to surprise and to keep him or her invested in the story until the last word is read. I should like to think I’ve succeeded in doing this with Lovers’ Rock.
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About the book, Lovers’s Rock: http://www.infibeam.com/Books/lovers-rock-ravi-bedi/9788129124791.html