Alcatraz Dey is a writer,novelist, blogger,editor and poet from INDIA. His works include the Colossal Series in which the first book SERPENTINE SCROLLS has been released. He writes thrillers with an element of mystery, thrill and real facts. Alcatraz Dey, the mysterious author who entertains his audience with epic thriller plots filled with twists, turns and facts.
AMIT- Hi, Alcatraz, mysterious author, tell me something about yourself.
ALCATRAZ- Well, I am 24 and have devoted my life to writing as I believe in my work. I am a science graduate, a hard-core geek and gadget freak and a normal 24 year old Indian guy in many ways.
AMIT- Alcatraz your pen name, I have seen on your book also, what is mystery behind this? Is there something superstitious?
ALCATRAZ- There are two reasons behind it. My favourite game THE CRY-SIS, its protagonist’s name is Alcatraz. I was very much inspired by that character.
Secondly, when I started writing I knew it would be mystery. So, I decided a pen name is a must. I went a step ahead and decided to remain faceless. No identity, no face which actually calls for a lot of mystery.
Alcatraz is a prison on an island, one of the most mysterious ones in the world. So it only adds to the mystery.
AMIT- “SERPENTINE SCROLLS” is breaking records on amazon.in, how did you come up with the title?
ALCATRAZ- I knew it had to be something with snakes. All the credit goes to my agents THE BOOK BAKERS.
AMIT- Your poems also remains mystery for readers, is it your favourite genre in writing as well as reading?
ALCATRAZ- I write poems when I feel I need to express. I believe it is the form of expression. Different readers interpret poems in different manners. That is the beauty of it. I am not that much myself into reading poems.
AMIT- Tell me something about your characters/lead characters of your story?
ALCATRAZ- There is Ihsin, who is loosely based on me. He himself is a mystery. The pivotal character is of Hannah around whom the entire plot revolves. People are searching for him. Nobody know where he is? He has seen everything colossal that has ever happened on earth.
Apart from that there is Jebbar, who is inspired from Maulana Masood and Ihsin’s love interest Sera.
AMIT- How’s the response from the readers and what were your expectations from previous book?
ALCATRAZ- Frankly, once I self-published The Cobra Symbol, I had no idea the Kindle Market would accept it so graciously. I got so many reviews for it, it was unbelievable. The same script was taken up by red Ink as SERPENTINE SCROLLS.
To be honest, 90% of readers have finished the book in a day or two. I have not received a bad review till now.
AMIT- What was the hardest part of writing your book?
ALCATRAZ- Getting the facts right. There is so much research that has gone into it, most of the facts are true. It took me almost a year just to make the first draft of the script.
AMIT– What is your experience with the publishers and the fellow authors?
ALCATRAZ- My publisher Red ink (Vinit K bansal) has been really helpful. They have always calmed me down when I get overhyped.
Most of the fellow authors have helped me spread the word as well. It’s all in a manner that encourages growth of each other.
AMIT– Is there any other genre that you would work on in future?
ALCATRAZ- Frankly I hate romance, I rarely read it. You can expect books in the same genre- historical thriller mysteries with a pinch of drama.
AMIT– What are you working on now?
ALCATRAZ- I have 4 more scripts in the pipeline. Namely India shining, Virgin Laden and Satan Slayer.
AMIT- Would you like to share anything that has been left by me?
ALCATRAZ- The message of the book. Secularism. Amidst all the thrill, twists and suspense, that is the core of the book.
AMIT– And the last one, you seem to be so mature, talented and passionate for your work. From where you get so much passion, energy, eager to work and work. Share with us.
ALCATRAZ- I just channel my frustrations, negative energy and restlessness into writing. This also keeps me calm and people think I am mature.
Thanks ALCATRAZ for this interview.
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