Another Australian, Dinesh's unique writing voice takes me back to the pulp 30's. And I mean that in a good way. Here's his answers to some questions.
Tamago: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Dinesh: I seriously thought about it as a job when I turned seventeen. I wrote my first story when I was nine, so I guess since then the desire was incubating.
Tamago: What genre do you like to write in?
Dinesh: Fantasy and science-fiction.
Tamago: Which writers (books, movies) have influenced your writing?
Dinesh: Writers: Roger Zelazny, George RR Martin, Robert Jordan, and Veda Vyasa. Movies: none!
Tamago: What are you working on right now?
Dinesh: I'm working on an epic fantasy trilogy based on music and a cross-genre quintet (five books) set on Earth and five planets.
Tamago: Some people would describe your writing like 30s pulp or movie serials. What attracts you to writing with a high space opera feel?
Dinesh: I write in many different styles. The story demands a certain style. If it is a scifi adventure flick that would dictate a fast/showy type writing, if it is a poignant literary piece that dictates a slower, leaner and more crisp type of writing. To me it depends on the story, just like a song: if you sing a love song maybe it'll be slower paced, if you sing "nightclub" song it has a faster beats per minute.
Generally though, I'd say my style is somewhere between a mixture of Robert Jordan and George RR Martin. Because those guys are my greatest influencers!
Tamago: How did you come to apply for Taos Toolbox?
Dinesh: I've always wanted to go to a real life writing workshop hosted by *real* full time writers. There are lots of writing courses hosted by nobodies - that's irrelevant to me. I need to model myself on people who are actually full time writers. That's what I want to be.
Tamago: What advice would you give to a writer attending a workshop for a first time?
Dinesh: Be happy. Be cheerful. Be passionate. Be helpful. Be friendly. Give more than you take.
Tamago: What is your dream writing project?
Dinesh: A complete cross collaboration. I love comics/graphic novels, magazines, web comics, blogs, video... so I'd like to engage a few others in the field to execute on a multi channel approach. I write the story, somebody else animates it, somebody else does the graphics for a comic, and maybe even an audio version.
Tamago: As a writer, where do you hope to be in ten years?
Dinesh: Be writing full time in 5 years. In 10 years maybe helping out an existing writing workshop like Taos. Giving back.
Tamago: Where can readers find more of your work?
Best of luck with that super complicated project!