Even as a child, his dream was to become a writer. Growing up reading anything and everything from classical literature and science fiction to fantasy, poetry and plays, he is today known as the author of The Mahabharata Quest series. Meet Christopher C Doyle, whose latest is Son of Bhrigu, the first book in The Pataala Prophecy series.
This graduate in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi, studied business management at IIM Calcutta, and worked in the corporate world alongside pursuing his passion for writing. A certified CEO Coach, he also has a band named Mid Life Crisis that plays classic rock. He lives in Delhi with his wife and daughter.
Excerpts from an interview:
What about mythology fascinates you?
The possibility that mythology is a dim memory of real events and people.
What would you like the reader to take away from your novels?
The importance of having an open mind, especially regarding the past.
Your pet author?
I have too many favourite authors to be able to choose one!
The source of inspiration for your books?
My daughter, my research, and my readers.
Where do you write best?
In my study at home.
Who would you choose to play you in a film about your life?
I really cannot imagine a film being made about my life!
What music helps you write?
I am also a musician, so I can’t focus on writing while listening to music.
What keeps you awake at night?
Even an earthquake couldn’t do that!
How do you relax?
Spending time with my family, reading, writing, and music.
What are you most proud of writing?
The Pataala Prophecy: Son of Bhrigu — I never thought I could do it.
Who is your perfect reader?
All my readers are perfect.
When did you know you were going to be a writer?
When I was 10 years old.
Do you have a writing routine?
No. I write when I get the time.
Your favourite place in the world?
Your most indulgent habit?
Fine cognac and a good cigar.
What do you have on your desk at work?
A box of cigars, a small plant, a telephone, research books, my MacBook.
What can’t you live without?
My wife and daughter.
Your worst habit?
Five favourite things…
Books, music, travel, fine cognac and cigars.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
passion — everything else can wait.