Vignesh Siva Sankar always believes writing is the only way human civilization has evolved. He hopes that human imagination has no bounds, and there is no greater power than a passionate writer penning down his or her creativity. As a child, he was always attracted to stories. He was not introduced to books early on but was inclined to watching cinema and became a movie buff. The only hero he admired was the STORY. Soon, when books came into his life, writing became his friend and now he has developed an intimate relationship with art.
To earn the bucks during the day he does sales, marketing, leadership, and team management. His life also has a chapter on failed entrepreneurship. At night, he’s in his Lala land of creating his universe sprawling with characters he invents. An engineer and a management graduate, he’s an alumnus of Anna University, Symbiosis University, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and EDII. A published author, he writes in diverse genres of fiction and non-fiction. Currently, he’s more into horror tales!
- Has published an essay in the Book “Youth as Nation Builders” by Lab Academia publishers
- A winner of a published article presented in the International Conference on Literature and Technology by Literoma Publications
- Essay published in Medium – 2060.C.E – Post-Covid-19
- Winner of All India Literature Competition 2019-20 for Short story “Neerpuri” – Published online in Creative Post
- Participated and Published a Short story online for “Story Mirror” for the short story “Pain is Ok”
- Published a horror short story in Kindle form, “Hypnagogic,” via a Half-baked beans publisher
- He has published short stories as an author in Notion Press
- Short story published in “Perspectives of Hope” anthology by Lab Academia “Extra Ordinary Gentleman”
- His short story ‘The Rickshaw Puller’ is shortlisted as the best one in ‘Word weavers Contest 2020’
We asked Vignesh a few questions to get to know him better. Here’s what he had to say:
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I have been writing since…
My favorite author(s) and book(s)?
The Kite Runner, Life of Pi, The Shining, The Da vinci code – Books. Authors – Dan Brown, Stephen King, Khaled Hosseni
My journey as a writer:
I love stories. I pick up stories from movies, real lives, and just each and every situations of life. I extract stories even from business meetings. I observe people and get inspired to potray their characters in my work. When I wanted to convey my stories, I started putting down my thoughts on a paper and poof! I became a writer!
Why should we read you?
Always read for pleasure. Enter my world, it will be a roller-coaster ride.
My favorite genre to read / write
Horror, Mystery, Crime, Romance, Relationships
What advice would you give young and aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Pick a concept and start writing down. Write a lot – one fine day you’ll become a writer! Remember, consistency is the key.
Here’s an excerpt from Vignesh’s winning story L’ame du Parfum that’s now published in Wafting Earthy:
I promulgated the news and I’ve got bees surveilling my honeycomb. The quicker I trade, the sooner I can unload the burden off my shoulders. This isn’t as easy as falling off a log. I got machinery, processors, computer systems, a database of suppliers and distributors, employees, a warehouse, and a front office. I need to box-up, gift-wrap, tie a ribbon, and get rid of an establishment.
In these thirty years, the company didn’t procure reputation instead earned it. Tradesmen in the bazaar, folks in the perfume industry, and cologne lovers are acquainted with the brand. Loyal customers spritz our scent, froth our soaps, and daub our creams. The new owner has the advantage of this fidelity. When I was ten, I asked my father ‘Why did you name it L’ame du parfum?’ ‘It’s a French word. Which means ‘the soul of fragrance.’ Perfume companies name their products, either French or Italian. That’s because the modern concept of perfume is from France and Italy, although some studies have shown ancient Mesopotamia used colognes! We can’t name the brand in Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian languages, right?’