Interview with Christopher C. Doyle: The Good Book Corner

Christopher C. Doyle is an author who transports the reader into a fascinating world where ancient secrets buried in legends blend with science and history to create a gripping story.

Brought up as a boy on a steady diet of books ranging from classical literature to science fiction and fantasy, Christopher has been writing since his schooldays. Since childhood, his literary mentors have been Jules Verne, H G Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, JRR Tolkein, Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks.

Along the way to publishing his debut novel, The Mahabharata Secret, Christopher pursued a career in the corporate world after graduating from St. Stephens College, Delhi with a degree in Economics and studying business management at IIM Calcutta. Over the course of his corporate career, he has worked with leading multinational organizations as a senior executive and CEO before setting up a strategic consultancy in India in partnership with a US based consulting firm.

Over the course of his corporate career, Christopher has written articles on management and business for Indian and international publications and is also a regular invited speaker for international conventions and conferences. He is a certified Executive Coach and now works with senior executives to help them achieve success and better results in their organisations.

Work aside, Christopher is a musician and lives his passion for music through his band called Mid Life Crisis, which plays classic rock.

Christopher lives in Gurgaon with his wife Sharmila, daughter Shaynaya, and two dogs, Zach and Cody.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorchristophercdoyle

Website: www.christophercdoyle.com

What does it mean to be a writer?
Chris: As someone who writes part time, since I have a day job that takes up most of my time, writing gives me the freedom to let my imagination run riot. It allows me to create a world where anything is possible.

What do you do when you are looking for inspiration, or facing a writer’s block?
Chris: Read or research. Both are invaluable.

Name one celebrity you want as your book fan!
Chris: I’ve never thought about this :-). I’ve always wanted to reach as many readers as possible – their celebrity status hasn’t really ever been that important. I think I’d be fine if no celebrities read my book. But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t be happy if a celebrity was a fan!

Your regular working/writing day?
Chris: Doesn’t exist 🙂 Every day is different in some way, given the number of things I juggle. And, as a Gemini, that’s what I love!

A quote you swear by.
Chris: A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

What is the worst criticism you were given? And the best compliment ?
Chris: The worst: your book The Mahabharata Secret is a rip off of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I took exception to that since my book is based on proven scientific fact whereas Dan Brown’s book is based on an unproven conspiracy theory. The best compliment: is The Mahabharata Secret a true story?

What book do you wish you could have written?
Chris: The Lord of the Rings.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Chris: A whole bunch. Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Azimov, HG Wells, Jules Verne, JRR Tolkein and, of course, Arthur Conan Doyle.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Chris: keep writing. Don’t give up in the face of rejections. You will get there someday.

10. What next?
Chris: Many more books! Watch out for them!

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23 thoughts on “Interview with Christopher C. Doyle: The Good Book Corner

    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Indresh, I think about the secrets hidden in all our Vedas, but since I haven’t read them all (just parts of the RigVeda), I cannot write about them yet. Maybe some day…

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      The sequel will be released in early 2016.

      In the meanwhile, I am giving away a FREE mini-sequel to The Alexander Secret. It is called: The Mahabharata Quest: A Secret Revealed and it is available to read on my website for free!

      Just go to: http://www.christophercdoyle.com/the-quest-club. Register for free. Log in using your username and password and start reading the mini-sequel right away!

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  1. tarunkhanna_tk

    Hi Sir,

    You have said your next book would be in early 2016… could please elaborate more on it.. and also would it be the last book in the series or more would follow??

    regards

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Tarun, the next book will be released in May 2016. The month is confirmed and we just need to finalise a date now. It will not be the last book in the series; there will be more to come.

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  2. sneha.mavinkurve

    Hi Christopher,

    Your books are really amazing. I kept looking on Google for the next release date. That’s when I came across the quest club, which is really very helpful. The mini sequel with 6 parts was the best part.
    I had a small confusion. The mini sequel is the last book of Alexander’s secret right? You said the ebook was written as a free book, as a gift to your readers. Does that mean the book wasn’t in the pipeline?

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Sneha,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked the mini sequel to The Alexander Secret. The mini-sequel only completes the story that was left incomplete in The Alexander Secret. It was never intended as the next book in The Mahabharata Quest series. I only wrote the mini sequel because Book 2, the actual sequel, got delayed and I wanted to ensure that readers got to know how the story ended in The Alexander Secret. When I wrote The Alexander Secret, I ended it with a cliffhanger because I thought the next book would be written soon. When I realised it would take time, I decided to give away the mini sequel free to make up for the delay. Book 2 of the series, as you would have seen from The Quest Club, is on its way and will be released in May 2016. I hope I have answered your query.

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  3. sneha.mavinkurve

    Thanks a lot for your response. Very glad to hear about the next release in May. Can’t Wait!!

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  4. sayandeep

    hi christopher.
    i have a querry. All the facts u used in your last two books are all fictious or there is some folklore basis or some parts are really true??????

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    1. Christopher C Doyle

      There are a lot of facts in my book, but there is a lot of fiction, too. Please join The Quest Club – registration is free and simple. At The Quest Club, I am sharing with readers information on facts and fiction in my books, which I am sure will answer your question in a lot of detail. You will get to know what is true and what is imagination. And, at The Quest Club, you can also read the free mini sequel to The Alexander Secret. Just log onto http://www.christophercdoyle.com/the-quest-club and start reading right away!

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  5. Manjari

    Hi Christopher,
    Just read the secret of the druids…amazing read it was…worth the wait .I’m really curious to know how many more books are you planning in this series….and when can we expect the next book from you.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Manjari, glad to hear you enjoyed reading The Secret of the Druids. I plan to have 2 more books in the series (for now, unless I find there is more to write about after that). I am currently researching for the next book which is planned for release at the end of 2017.

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  6. Raju9th

    Hi Christopher,
    i read your two books
    -The Mahabharata Secret
    -The Mahabharata Quest
    and now
    The Mini Sequel to The Alexander Secret: A Secret Revealed
    wen i went to purchase on amazon i read the users comment they are saying its again have surprise still question
    i hate secrets i wont read mini sequel until you release full version
    and
    a question to you
    http://yournewswire.com/8-soldiers-missing-after-discovery-of-ancient-flying-machine-in-afghan-cave/
    media report says that USA recovered UFO from
    Afghan cave …..!!!!

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Raghu, A Secret Revealed was written as a gift to readers since my next book was taking time and I wanted readers to know how The Alexander Secret ends. You can read it for free at The Quest Club, where it was published in 6 instalments from October 2015 onwards. Since many readers wanted the paperback version, we published the paperback in March 2016, but we couldnt give it away free because there is a cost attached to publishing a hard copy. So, there is no “full version” – only what was published as a mini sequel.

      In June 2016, I released The Secret of the Druids, which is Part 2 of The Mahabharata Secret series. This is the “real” sequel to The Alexander Secret. So you can now read A Secret Revealed followed by The Secret of the Druids.

      Please also remember – this is a series and you will continue to discover new secrets in every book. Without that, the books would be rather boring, wouldnt they?

      Regarding the video, it has been in circulation for several years now, and there is no evidence to show that it is not fake news. I have not come across any news in any respectable publication or any other reliable source yet.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Prasanth, Currently working on the research. I expect to be able to release the next book in the series in January 2018.

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  7. Amith jain

    Hello sir, I have read all your books and I must say that I’m missing vijay and his team for long now. Awaiting the next part after the secret of druids. Can you please let us know when can we expect the next book. Can’t wait to read the next part

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Amith, I, too am missing the team! I am still working on the research for the next one in The Mahabharata Quest series and expect it to release in 2018. But there will be a new release later this year – a Young Adults fantasy series based on Indian mythology begins in 2017. Watch out for that one!

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  8. rpc1490

    I really loved your works. It really got me thinking on a lot of things and rereading the mahabharata after reading your books, well I got to say it got a new perception! Radha is sorely missed and cannot wait till 2018!
    Thank you for creating this series. Much respect.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. I am happy that you liked reading my books and even happier that you saw the Mahabharata in a new light after re-reading it with the perspective provided by my books. I hope you continue to enjoy the series!

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