TT Profile #13: Dinesh Pulandram

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?

Dinesh: Damaged Goods at Evangeline Vicare at Residential Aliens.


Best of luck with that super complicated project!

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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