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Author Interview #16: Fredy Ilaviya

Fredy is an upcoming author from Mumbai, India. His debut novel Walked Away With My Soul is one of those novels which you must read before you die. Having a penchant for writing, Fredy is inclined towards writing mesmerizing fiction with something for everyone to learn. He is an active member on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fredy is a strong supporter of suffering women and plans to liberate then from their sufferings through his writings. Let’s get to know him more-

  • Tell us something about your book “Walked Away With My Soul“:

Well, this book is based on a relationship of pure, platonic love between two people who are married to different people. It asks you that to what extent you can stretch yourself to get your love and let it remain in your life. One of the most neglected trait of humans, fear, is closely encountered with in this novel.

Read my review of Fredy’s book “Walked Away With My Soul”

  • When did you start writing?

I started writing this book in June 2014. But research on this project was started somewhere in 2012.

  • Woah! That’s quite some time! What is the purpose of your writing?

One of the main facets of human personality which I hate the most is fear. And over a period of time I came across a lot of incidents wherein women are tortured and victimized, so much so that merely ‘compromising’ with their circumstances without caring about their likes and dislikes is the only alternative left with them. When I deeply introspected all this, all I could infer was the presence of useless fear in their minds which, in all probabilities, results in their not standing against the male chauvinists of our society. Hence the purpose of my writing this novel is to shun all the inhibitions and useless fear from the minds of such women. And to achieve this goal, I formed a whole story with a beautiful plot so that people get to learn many things from it while enjoying the book.

  • Must say, you succeeded in it 🙂
    What inspired you to bring forth this idea as a book?

What can be a better idea of conveying your views to others than a book?

  • Agreed! How difficult was it as an author to ensure that the audience is convinced that it is not some cheap extra-marital affair but platonic love?

Well, frankly it wasn’t difficult for me to convince my readers. While forming the story plot post my research, I made sure to include many things, places and incidents which would compel a reader to start thinking what was precisely there in my mind. At many instances one will find that there are a lot of obstacles in their path to be with each other which further strengthened the fact that the love between my protagonists is indeed a platonic one. I capitalized on the fear factor which kept the female protagonist hooked with her household, though she never liked it. So at no point in my book would anybody spot anything which can make him doubt the genuineness of love between Aman and Maya.

  • True! What is your idea of love, family and relationships on the whole

Love is the most wonderful feeling that anyone can experience in his life. It’s an unmatched assortment of various feelings like care, trust, anger, jealousy and torment among others. Love alone can make a human heart process all these feelings simultaneously which is simply amazing! And mind you – love can strike anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Initial stages of any love story are quite rosy; it’s only after knowing the pros and cons of the opposite person should any commitments be made.

Coming to family, well, it is never by choice but by virtue of blood ties. Still it has not only to be safeguarded but also to be loved, trusted, cherished and never kept at bay. It’s often seen that successful people take major decisions after consulting with their family. That’s precisely the reason why family businesses often run well.

Coming to relationships, well, this is most often a sensitive topic to touch and discuss and novices like me are in the process of understanding the nuances of it. In my view, being in a relationship with someone whom you love deeply and cherish his/ hers partnership to its zenith is something to die for. A hundred relationships form and two hundred of them break each day. And that’s precisely because of the lack of involvement of a person’s wisdom, farsightedness and various factors involved when that relationship goes to higher levels. A relationship ought to be taken forward only if there is complete trust, immense care and an undying quantum of love between two people.

  • Your words fail to support your point of you being a novice. I’ll say that you are a very learned man 🙂

Thanks Madhuri!

  • Which of your works have been published so far?

None. This is my debut book.

  • So how was this journey of becoming a published author? Give some insight to your efforts in getting your book published.

My manuscript was rejected 8 times! That was quite time consuming to come on-board. Finally a Delhi-based publisher liked my sample chapters and synopsis, following which they asked me to send my complete manuscript. After four long months of impatient wait, they just shot me an email stating that they cannot proceed anymore with my manuscript without giving any particular reason! This incident demotivated me a bit, but I had confidence in my story hence I kept on moving forward. Finally in November last year, I signed my contract with Partridge Publishers (vanity) and decided to publish my book not by a traditional way as I was having no other alternative.

Any author would like to get his work published by a traditional publisher; mostly nobody goes with the vanity ones. But if they strongly feel that their book is a masterpiece and must be published, vanity publishers come forward and make their dream come true. That’s what exactly happened with me. I gave my manuscript to my publisher and soon after that various stages of a typical publication protocol happened – signing contract… editing… cover page design copyright issues… blurb designing… pricing of the book etc. But at least I’m happy that I am in the list of published authors, and that I can now approach traditional publishers for my forthcoming novels with a different stride.

  • Wish you good luck with that! Have you self-published your book or followed the traditional approach?

My novel is published by a self publication procedure by Partridge Publishers, though I would love to follow the traditional approach in future. Mostly first timers have to follow this route as their manuscripts are often rejected for no apparent reasons by traditional publishers.

  • Which approach is better according to you and why?

In my opinion, the traditional approach should always be followed. It greatly affects the promotion of your book as these publishers have their own distribution channels and tie-ups with quite a few book centers. Again, it hugely affects the pricing of your book as the books are printed in lot.

  • What is your take on book publishing as you see the current scenario?

Nowadays many authors are mushrooming and it is becoming increasingly difficult for traditional publishers to occupy all of them. Only a handful of them are picked for reasons best known to them. On the other hand, vanity publishers entertain one and all as they have a different approach and philosophy of working. Newbies whose manuscripts are rejected by traditional publishers may approach vanity ones. This will at least get them published. Later on they can work with traditional ones. And who knows… some traditional publisher may proactively approach an author after reading his book published by a vanity publisher!

  • What are your forthcoming writings?

My second novel is essentially a love triangle. It’ll be a love story between three law students which will take a very different turn as the book will advance. Something which has never happened in the history of Indian judicial system will be shown in this book.

  • Sounds interesting! What are the four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

Though all factors need to be paid equal attention to, some of the parameters on which I concentrate the most are

  1. Characters and their traits
  2. Continuity of the plot
  3. Air of naturalism
  4. A proper ending

Other factors include usage of correct grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and dialogues.

  • What is your favorite genre and why?

Romance, undoubtedly. But I have included various other shades of human relationships to make by book a better read, and will continue to do so in future.

  • What / Who is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

Honestly admitting, Chetan Bhagat. He may be having millions of critics but has zillions of fans and admirers too. I’m very impressed with his style of writing and art of storytelling. One of his works which I like the most is Revolution 2020. That he keeps his language simple and lucid for everyone to palate is something I really admire.

  • What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced and how did you overcome it?

Some years back I had to leave my home city Mumbai for some reasons. Soon I realized that I had to come back to this city of dreams, my birth place, without which I couldn’t even breathe. It was my biggest challenge to buy a home for myself in Mumbai again. After a lot of struggle of close to a year and a half and my mother’s help, I could again buy a home here. After all, home is where the heart is.

  • If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personalities, who would it be and why?

I would prefer to be the person authorized to make some changes in the legal system of our country. Most important of all, the punishment for the proven accused of rape (vide section 376 of IPC) has to be revised. I’d wish to be chosen for ‘designing’ various punishment methods for the proven rape accused.

  • And finally, any message for our readers? 

Yes. Always choose quality books to read. Not every book is worth picking. And once you start reading a worthy book, make sure to finish it till the end before giving your opinion on it. And I strongly believe that there is one thing or the other to learn from every book. So enhance your wisdom, vocabulary and language from every book you read.

So that was Fredy for you, author of Walked Away With My Soul


Read my review of Fredy’s book “Walked Away With My Soul”

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I am a Computer Engineer working with a prominent firm. Writing is my passion and likewise I love reading novels and reviewing them. Want to get your novel reviewed? Feel free to contact me at or on Follow on FB- Happy reading! Keep smiling! ;)

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