The Teen Who Writes
Vishwesh Desai with Aparajitha Sankar
A 16-year-old with a fierce passion for reading and writing, the publication of his short stories in the Estrade magazine and the 2015 edition of the ‘I CAN’ book preceded the completion of his debut novel, “Shadows of the Northlands”, a fantasy fiction, which also just happens to be the fourth one he started. Vishwesh was thirteen when he began writing “Shadows of the Northlands” and fourteen when it was published.
Vishwesh chats with Aparajitha Sankar on what it takes to write when your in your teens. Aparajitha, a class 12 student enjoys reading everything from graphic novels to gothic romance and lists Daphne Du Maurier and PG Wodehouse as her creative inspirations.
About the Author
Vishwesh Desai was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India, a hardcore Gujju who shares the infamous Gujarati sweet tooth.
A 16-year- old with a fierce passion for reading and writing, the publication of his short stories in the Estrade magazine and the 2015 edition of the ‘I CAN’ book preceded the completion of his debut novel, “Shadows of the Northlands”, a fantasy fiction, which also just happens to be the fourth one he started. Vishwesh was thirteen when he began writing “Shadows of the Northlands” and fourteen when it was published.
“Shadows of the Northlands” was in the Crossword Top 10 list soon after its launch in Ahmedabad and continues to be very well received among readers.
Vishwesh has been awarded the ‘Rana Kapoor Young Talent Award 2016’ by Kumaon Literary Festival, Yes Bank and Yes Institute in October 2016.
His creative streak extends to painting and sketching, and he has a few art exhibitions under his belt. In his spare time, Vishwesh has worked with NGOs such as Akshaya Patra, Prabhat, Seva Café, Heal and Blind Peoples Association. Currently he is working on a drive to help build libraries for underprivileged children and on a writing workshop to mentor middle school children for creative writing.
Vishwesh lives with his family in Ahmedabad, India.
Launch and Events
“Shadows of the Northlands”, published by Estrade Publishers LLP, was soft-launched at the Hyderabad Literary Festival in January 2016, and was released at Crossword Ahmedabad, on May 22, 2016 by noted author Ms. Raksha Bharadia and Ms Priyanshi Patel, Founder, Ahmedabad Book Club. It is available on Amazon.in and bookstores all over India.
The Bangalore launch was held on July 24th, 2016 and the reading was done by renowned award-winning author Ms. Shinie Antony, at the famous Atta Gallatta book store.
Vishwesh has been invited to several literary platforms as a speaker. Notably, the Ahmedabad National Book Fair in May 2016, Kumaon Literary Festival in October 2016, the Ahmedabad International Literature Festival in November 2016 and the Gujarat Literature Festival in December 2016.
For more information you can visit his website www.vishweshdesai.com or his Facebook Page Vishwesh Desai.
“Shadows of the Northlands” is a fantasy fiction novel full of suspenseful action and snappy humour, which was in the Top Ten List at Crossword in the months following its launch.
The book has been endorsed by Mr. Mainak Dhar (bestselling author of the “Alice in Deadland” series and many more) and contains a foreword by Mr. Ashok Banker (whose bestselling books are too many to count).
This is the Empire. The greatest nation in the known world.
And it is at war.
When the Crown Prince hears about cities and villages attacked and razed to the ground, the land blackened and left infertile, the already shackled military commands the maverick bounty-hunter Merin and the slick courtier mage Rikkard to find the root of the destruction.
However, as they tackle this mystery, they discover an ancient hatred spanning centuries, with a dark secret linked to Merin and the painful past behind the satirizing cavalier. A swashbuckling tale of suspenseful fantasy and horrifying mystery that is loaded with humor, The Shadows of Northlands will leave you riveted from cover to cover.
“Shadows of the Northlands is a fun, exciting, imaginative, rambunctious romp through vividly realized worlds with fascinating characters. It has more adventure and excitement than most other books in the mytho, fantasy, adventure genres published in India today by most well-known authors. Vishwesh Desai is an author because that’s what he was born to do. He’s a born writer.”
– Ashok Banker, Internationally acclaimed bestselling author of the ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mahabharata’ series
“Writing a work of fantasy is a challenge for the most accomplished of authors, as it involves not only the craftsmanship that goes into any novel, but the leap of imagination needed to create a totally different world, populated by its own heroes and villains, and with its own history, society and tensions. Shadows of the Northlands is an exceptionally well crafted novel, sucking the reader into a richly woven alternate universe of the city of Salidar with its protectors and the evil Crime Cartel, full of magic and action, and with detailed insights into its society and religion. All ingredients for a fantasy novel that is a delight to read not just for its fast paced action, but for the immersive nature of the world it creates. The fact that this has all been done by a fourteen-year- old blows one’s mind, and points to the prodigious talent that Vishwesh Desai is. As his debut novel, one can only hope he writes many, many more, for this marks the beginning of what could be a writing
career which will keep millions of fans entertained.”
– Mainak Dhar, Bestselling author of the ‘Alice in Deadland’ series
Aparajitha is currently a student of English at the University of Calgary. She enjoys anything related to literature and art and has been a part of the organising committee for the Bengaluru Poetry festival and Kovai Bookalatta. She enjoys combining her love for reading and writing through film, drama and special effects makeup.