Hitesh Trehon: My experiences in life built the novel 'LICA'
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Hitesh Trehon constructed ships and managed a few for more than three decades. Collating buckets of knowledge, observations and experiences in life, he penned down his first novel ‘LICA,’ a story sprawling over three generations. We spoke to him on this interesting journey of transcribing life into writing.
On the beginning of a beautiful writing journey
We asked Hitesh Trehon about his journey as an author. He attributed the start of his writing career to his vast experiences in life.
“During my youth, I had a passion to be an author. However, I joined the Merchant Navy and after having commanded ships for 10 years, I quit and started my own shipyard business and constructed many ships for nearly 30 years. In 2020, I quit the flourishing business and handed over the reins to my two capable sons.
I then decided to pursue my ambition to write and be an author, the result is ‘LICA.’ My second novel is under the publishing process now.”
‘I make friends easily and observe people for writing..’
There’s nothing better than observing people and life in general for writers. Hitesh Trehon is a genial person and this quality helped him to interact with strangers as well.
“I never hesitate to strike up a conversation with a fellow stranger on a train, bus or on a flight. I make friends easily and people reciprocate comfortably. I’ve seen the world and experienced the journey of life in all its forms.
It became quite easy to wake up the author in me and start writing and merging my experiences and observations on paper and finally build up a plot to complete a fiction novel.”
‘LICA’ – A novel with an intriguing title
Not only us, but our readers were pretty intrigued about the title. Where did LICA derive from? Here is the answer from the author.
“The name intrigues me too. I wanted a captivating name for this dynamic girl and so, on a night of dreaming and tossing in bed, the word ‘Lica’ popped in my brain and in the middle of the night I wrote it down, lest I forget by morning. I decided to title the book by this mysterious name LICA.”
‘Words just kept pouring in once I started writing…’
“The story found me. After the first sentence, ‘Mulkhraj migrated from Peshawar to the city formerly known as Bombay…’ – the words just kept pouring in and I kept typing until a strong plot emerged with the help of my dreamer’s mind.”
Authors are often asked if their stories are based on people they know in real life. Hitesh Trehon asnwered this gracefully.
“Three generations are commonly experienced by individuals though how an individual experiences is the key. My version is formulated as a fiction.”
‘I write for the sake of my pleasure and passion..’
After cruising through a successful career in shipping (pun intended), Hitesh Trehon started exploring his connections and friendships with various people around the world that motivated his writing.
“I have no background in literature, though my English improved and I became proficient due to my exposure and contacts with the Western world because of my job and my business. Presently I have many international friends. The fine tuning and grammatical errors are left for my editor.
I have no fixed writing schedule. On many a days, I may probably write 3000 words and not write a word for the next ten days until I get out of a mental block and firm up further in the plot in my story. I live on the earnings saved during my business career. I write for the sake of my pleasure and passion to write and thus love presenting my fictional thinking skills to readers and book lovers at large.”
From reading John Grisham to John Steinbeck
“From a very young age I had a love for reading books. My favorite authors were John Steinbeck, Leon Uris, Ann Ryan, Marie Corelli, John Grisham and many others.
My favorite books are ‘East Of Eden,’ ‘Mila Eighteen,’ ‘The Thornbird’, ‘Gone with the Wind’ and many more. I have a large collection of novels of yesteryear and of present authors.”
‘Believe in the author in you.’
Here’s a little motivation from a debut writer with an amazing novel to all aspiring ones.
“Believe in yourself that you are an author and just start typing the words, rest everything will fall in slot. However it’s vital to have an efficient editor.”
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