Interview with Avi Datta, Author of The Reset

20 Feb 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Reset (Time Corrector Series Book 3)?

In 1994, I dreamed of speaking with a girl fluently in Japanese. Trains were flying over buildings, and I was bidding goodbye to her. I ignored it and dived into Calculus, Statistics, and Quantum Mechanics. The dream reappeared again in 2020, and I could see the sunset in her eyes this time. So I named her Akane and started fleshing out the story. I wrote the story so that I wouldn’t forget it.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Reset (Time Corrector Series Book 3), what would they be?

This is actually an excellent question. I have synesthesia, so I can easily relate.

• “Final Assenct” from Hans from the last James Bon Film.

• Liszt’s Consolation No. 3.

• Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude (Op. 28, no. 15).

• Attack on Titan Appleseed theme.

• Bruce Wayne Suite by Michael Giacchino.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Believe it or not, I mostly read non-fiction. Books about watchmaking, art, and automobiles fascinate me.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

The Letters of Vicent van Gogh.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The entire chapter Lunatics, especially when we find out the circumstances that led to revealing the truth. And the chapter, Filth, where Akane asks Vincent, “Why did you learn Japanese?”

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I need my double-shot espresso before I start writing. It requires four bars of pre-infusion for 4-7 seconds, followed by 9 bars of extraction for 25-50 seconds. And I need my playlist.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yes. “It’s far better to die while dreaming than wake up every morning to find my dreams are dead.” This is my own quotation that I used in the book.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

The structure and content of pain are universal no matter what station one is in their life. Further, the unexplained nuances of Emika’s character get some clarity in the last three chapters. More clarity will come in Book Two, which begins with Emika’s POV.


Avi Datta is the author of the new book The Reset (Time Corrector Series Book 3)

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