Neil D’Silva is an Indian author. He is also a screenwriter, an editor, and has recently forayed into film production. He is an associate member of Indian Screen Writers Association (SWA) and an active member of the international Horror Writers Association (HWA).
He was named by UK’s DESIblitz magazine among the Top 7 Indian Horror Writers to be read.
Neil D’Silva has authored 5 published books so far. These are Maya’s New Husband, The Evil Eye and the Charm, Bound in Love, Pishacha, and Right Behind You.
Apart from that, he has also featured in anthologies such as When They Spoke and Vengeance: A Sting in Every Tale.
His stories have appeared in magazines such as UnBound (issues 1 and 4), The Bibliograph, and the US magazine Monster! that featured a movie review penned by him.
Neil D’Silva has written the screenplay and English script for 130 episodes of the YouTube show Funtime with Shiny and Sasha, a kids’ animation show.
He has also written scripts for the film adaptations of stories from his books The Evil Eye and the Charm and Bound in Love.
Neil D’Silva is the cofounder of the editing services company Pen Paper Coffee. Along with his partner Varun Prabhu, he has edited several novels from Indian and international authors.
Authors may query for his editing services here.
Neil D’Silva has recently cofounded a film production company titled Zovie Media Ventures. Along with his partner Varun Prabhu, he has produced three short films that are currently in various stages of postproduction.
Neil D’Silva taught at his coaching institute Disha Educentre from 1998 to 2015. His subjects of expertise were English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Sciences. He taught up to the Grade 10 level for State Board and ICSE Board. He also authored several educational books for private circulation among his students.
Events and Workshops
For a full list of Neil D’Silva’s events and workshops, visit here.
For the Author Community
Neil D’Silva has made several contributions to the Indian horror community, especially to aspiring authors.
He is the founder of For Writers By Authors, one of Facebook’s largest online communities for authors. The community has over 18K members now. It conducts meets, workshops, online events, and provides resources for budding authors.
He is the founder of the litfest Litventure which has had two chapters in Mumbai, one in 2015 and another in 2016.
He also conducts workshops to help new authors to hone their craft, and learn more about writing, editing, publishing, and marketing their books.
This is how Neil D’Silva describes himself:
“The writing bug bit me quite early in my life. I was in my Standard VII when I wrote a book for the first time, initially on a writing pad and then on my father’s typewriter. As I bound those rough pages with a stapler, I saw a book taking shape; and as its pages unfolded I saw how a figment of my imagination had taken a concrete shape. There is rarely another joy that compares with seeing your creative thought taking a concrete shape. Some have likened this joy to what a mother experiences when she holds her firstborn for the first time. But, all I can say was that was one of my greatest pleasures, and it set me onto a path of no return.
“Life had other plans en route, and I found myself indulging myself with my other passion — teaching — for over two decades. I still teach, and with a similar passion as I began with, but I need to showcase my other side to the world as well. For a number of years, I dabbled with freelance writing as well. Though I won numerous accolades from my clients from all over the world, I found myself speaking someone else’s voice. At a point, the dam burst, and I could continue no longer as a freelance writer. I resolved that if I would ever write again, it would be only for myself.
“Having lived in this wonderful metropolis called Mumbai all my life, I have been fortunate to meet a huge variety of people, and partake of several experiences. The city is always on the move, and though that’s a cliché, it’s quite true. There’s never a silent moment when you are in Mumbai. Even in the dead of the night when I sometimes find myself writing, I sense things stirring outside. Stories are being made here at every instant, so many stories that will be lost for want of someone to give them a voice. I tried to create a blend here, a blend of my penchant for writing and my astute sense of observation of the things that go around me, and weave my yarns.
“Do read my stories, stories I feel that really need to be told. Stories just happen; I aspire to be their humble voice.”