29 April, 2015

#SpecialFeature :: #Interview with Ganga Bharani, #Author of Just You, Me and a Secret

*** Special Feature - April 2015 ***

A Recap of this month's posts
1st April - Introducing the Author 

An Interview with the Author

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
During my college days, just like everyone else, I was stuck in a boring lecture. My friends and I had nothing to do and we were drained out of gossips. I just narrated a story to them. They loved it and encouraged me to post it on Facebook as a note. That first story of mine received more than 500 likes and several strangers said they liked it. It gave me a high and I understood that writing is what I want to do the rest of my life. 

What inspires you to write?
I take inspiration from everything I see, hear and read. Mostly, real incidents. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I don’t fall asleep easily. It takes me hours together of blinking at darkness to fall asleep. One such night, when I was struggling to calm down my mind and put it to sleep, the central suspense knot occurred to me. I developed the story from there. 

Is there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
No. I am not shy or scared of even being humiliated. Whatever I write I share it in my blog. 

Tell us about your writing process.
I fix on a story line. Then I start creating the characters and the scenes as and when I write. Sometimes, the story develops better than it was in my mind, when I write. 

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene is the scene when Meera learns the secret. 

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Nope. But my next book has a character that’s like me, a lot similar.

What is your usual writing routine?
When I am writing a book length story, I write from 10:30 pm to somewhere around 3:00 am. I get up at 9:00 am and write for 1 hour. The rest of the time I am at office doing my office work. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read but not a lot. I have started reading more now as that’s how I can grow as a writer. I love the writing style of JKR, Sidney Sheldon. I am a huge fan of hunger games. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Read a lot. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Read a lot. Write a lot. Never feel shy about sharing your work and never get bogged down by the comments you receive. 

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I wrote it initially as a movie script and then turned it into a book. I have even named the characters after south indian actors. Ashruth is named after PrakASH raj sir. Meera – Meera jasmine. Santhosh-Jeyam Ravi. Nadhiya and Prabhu are also actors from the south. 

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
A laptop and that’s all I need. Not even water or food. 

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I spend all my time writing something or the other. I will simply write an imaginary speech or a page long mail to husband or a poetry for mom. I enjoy playing with words. 

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
Fun facts? If these are funny... 
- I love it when a story is well made into a movie. I get along with the movie. Smile and cry along with the characters. Not just the first time. If I am addicted to a movie I watch it as many times as it takes to know all the details including the dress colour by heart. 
- I hate rain. Lot is said about the cuteness of girls and how they love rain. I hate to get wet in rain. If that’s a fun fact. 
I personify everything around. I love treating everything like humans. I apologize to my mouse, I hug my chair and I get too attached to everything around. 

What do you have in store next for your readers?
My next book is a crime thriller titled A Minute to death. IT is scheduled to be published this year. Fingers crossed. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my readers, the initial ones, who pointed out at my mistakes, taught me what was grammatically correct and what was not. If not for them I wouldn’t have become a writer today.

Book Trailer

About the Author:

I am Ganga Bharani, a technical analyst by profession and a writer by passion. I started writing stories as a hobby in 2010 and to reach a wider audience I started posting those short stories in my blog (GB LAND). Comments from strangers, new readers and the increasing page hits made me an addict to my blog. I had taken my blog seriously from then. I started writing something I call Blog books- series of chapters that make a story in my blog, for which I got an overwhelming response. I had written 6 blog books and each of these blog books have more than 300 dedicated readers. One of my short stories was made into a short film, titled ‘Bhimbam’, which was screened at the AVM Preview theatre.

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About the Book:
 Pitch dark. Extreme Silence. Felt like vacuum. I opened my eyes and found nothing familiar. Where am I? First of all, who am I? Ashruth says I was head over heels in love with him. He says our wedding was fixed. But there is no trace of love for him in me. I don t remember anything. Why would I have loved this pumpkin? San was drunk but I got intoxicated. I had fallen for him gradually. I can t imagine marrying anyone else. But how do I stop my wedding now? Don t say I am dead. I am all alive, standing right in front of you. I am not dead. Trust me. And the secret comes to light. Just you, me and a secret -A battle between past, present and the nothing called future.

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