This month, we bring you an interview with the author of Done With Her, Chirasree Bose. Read on to know more!
- What inspired you to lay a path towards writing?
Nothing really inspired me to take up writing. I guess the fact that I wasn’t doing anything meaningful with my life eventually pulled me towards this passion.
- Why did you choose a romantic crime fiction?
I love reading books in this genre. So, when I started writing I was sure that Romantic Thriller would be my choice of genre for my debut book.
3. Which character was most difficult to write? Why?
The character of Spreeha. I wanted her to be a very dark character. And if you’ve read the story, you’d know that the entire story revolves around the depth and shades of her character. So, yes it was difficult to portray all those dark shades.
- Did you take help of any such stories that happened in reality as such crimes have been reported at some places in the country?
Yes, I did. I wouldn’t take the name of any state or city or village here. But my research was primarily focused around the crime and its victims.
- Being a first-time author, what are the various efforts you are trying at attract the readers?
It was tough for me. I had no experience in this field. Yet, thanks to God, I figured it out with time. Marketing your book is very important, I’d say.
- What are your favorite books and who are your favorite authors?
‘Crooked House’ by Agatha Christie, ‘Ex A twisted Love Story’ by Novoneel Chakraborty, and ‘Revolution 2020’ by Chetan Bhagat. My favorite author is Agatha Christie.
- Do you believe in any writing rituals?
Nope. I believe in creating my own.
- How was your journey from writing to publishing and winning accolades?
It was amazing. I worked really hard day and night. I still am. I write every day. And when it’s your passion, the journey only gets better with time.
- What role did our family and friends play during your writing times?
My family has been always supportive. They understand when I need to be given space for diving into the world of my stories. They help me in every possible way.
- Words to your readers.
Just two words – thank you.
- What are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract you from your writing time?
That’s a funny question. I am glad you asked. Of course, a lot of my time now goes into this promotion stuff. I get tired at times. But that’s part of my life now. So, I am getting used to it. I think social media is the best way to get your book the maximum visibility.
12. How do you feel about eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
I am a big fan of Kindle and eBooks. So needless to say, I prefer eBook over paperback. About publishing, I would say, it’s a highly hyped topic. Whatever way you go, if your story is good and marketed properly, it would find its readers.
- In your opinion, what is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, which they need to know?
Thrillers are mostly about revenge stories. So people who are too great to not prefer revenge plots, kindly avoid picking up thrillers.
- What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
I wanted to put forward the heinous crime which I talk about in this book. News and articles about this crime upset me. And then I wondered why people don’t discuss it as much. Why relatively frivolous stuff like feminism gets so much attention. Anyway, I believe I have achieved my goal because many of my readers expressed their opinion, they appreciated my effort and began talking about the message this book conveys.
One-liner/One word based answer questions
Please respond to these questions in one line or one word wherever possible –
- Your all-time favorite author/writer?
- Do you believe in writer’s block? Did you have it anytime or not?
No. I do not at all.
- Your favorite place to write your book(s)?
Home. At my writing table.
- Research and then write or research while writing? Which one you prefer?
Research while writing.
- What do you do in your free time?
If not writing, then I paint.
- How many hours a day do you write?
- Do you Google yourself?
- Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Of course. That’s the best way to test your readers.
- If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I would be a painter.
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