Binge and Nothingness by Juan Kaius is a book dripping with existential crisis and nihilism. It revolves around our protagonist, Juan, who decides to end his life on his 25th birthday. He resembles the modern generation that obsesses over Netflix, adventure, sex, love, drugs, and everything else so much that they start feeling a void within them after a point.
In a chat with Bookish Fame, Juan Kaius aka Akul Sharma talked about his book, his views on writing, and more!
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m a writer, psychonaut, and mystic thinker. To feed me, I work as an advertising copywriter. To feed the void, I read and write about things that expand my consciousness.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
When people apart from me started liking the stories inside my head.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Books speak to me on a personal level. By creating relatable characters and stories, I wish to tell people that they’re not alone.
- Tell something in brief about your latest book?
More and more of us have started questioning our existence and are striving hard to put a meaning against all the joy and suffering. This book is the story of one such boy whose life has become a constant descent into nothingness. It’s a tragicomedy that most of the youngsters can relate to.
- How do you organise yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
I’m definitely not organized at all! I give birth to ideas, nurture them sporadically and let them grow. Then once, maybe twice, a month, I get these Eureka moments where a disjointed array of ideas starts making poetic sense.
- When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
No! Getting paid for the fantasies that brew inside my head is a dream come true.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine, or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
No routine. It took me a couple of years to pen down the story. Then 3-4 months of rigorous editing just polished the story a bit.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
It’s definitely getting bigger, but like most things on digital media, some below average books are getting all the attention.
- How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
It is everything if you’re an independent author.
- Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Yes! I love reading. Haruki Murakami and Philip K. Dick are two of my favorite authors.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Keep writing. A bad book will give you more confidence than no book at all.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Yes! My second book is already WIP. Stay tuned!
*We wish Author Juan Kaius all the best for his future endeavors.*