29 May, 2018

#SpecialFeature :: #Interview with Ruchi Kokcha, #Author of Obsessed

*** Special Feature - May 2018 ***

Quick Recap:

About the Book:
Disturbingly dark and full of shocking surprises, Obsessed traverses a path along the razor’s edge of twisted love. How far will Avik’s and Ananki’s obsessions take them? 

Investigative journalist Avik has finally found the one case that could bring him glory. Or death.
As the mystery behind millionaire Kalki Rajput’s murder thickens, Avik is forced to risk it all to bring out the truth that has eluded many before him.

If only he could uncover what the victim's daughter had witnessed. Of course, that would mean diving into the depths of her madness. He had thought he could resurface with the truth. Now he will count himself lucky if he makes it out alive. And sane.

Populated with characters that pose at the chasm that separates the real from the unreal, in prose that belongs to worlds not our own, Obsessed will snatch you from your comfort zone. None will ever guess the identity of the killer until the book chooses to reveal it. 


Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I was an avid reader ever since I can remember. I was particularly fond of stories and storytelling. For a very long time in my life I was content being a reader. During school I used to win many writing competitions but I never thought of trying my hand at fiction. It was during my graduation when it first came to my mind that perhaps I should try to write something beyond essays and debates and course answers.

What inspires you to write?
Writing is therapeutic for me. It keeps me going during the worst of times. 

What kind of research goes into your book?
For my debut book Obsessed, I read a lot of stuff on psychoanalysis, madness and mental illnesses as it deals with the theme of sanity and madness. I had to read about various drugs that are administered in various mental disorders, the way mental patients are treated etc

How did you come up with the idea for your current story? 
During college I was particularly fond of Greek literature. I was learning to admire women like Lysistrata who makes her fellow women go on a sex strike and thereby stops the ongoing war. I was also learning to empathize with someone like Medea who murders her own sons to avenge herself for the infidelity inflicted upon her by her husband. The idea behind the book was to create a story unique like theirs

If you could pick any famous author to review your book who would you pick and why?
I would pick Murakami. I love his books and especially his narrative techniques. I wish someday I am able to write like him.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so what helps you to get over it?
I would not call it as a block.  My mind is quite restless and I get distracted with other ideas. At that time I leave the current work for a while and do something else. I come back to it later on with a fresh focus. It helps.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy writing the first draft the most because that is when I am telling the story to myself. It is the most honest and raw.  Although it has to be worked upon many times but I love the sense of accomplishment one gets after finishing the first draft. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Be true to yourself as a writer. It was given to me by my best friend.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
If you want to write to be famous, don’t. If you want to write to be rich, don’t. If you want to write to impress, don’t. Write only if there is something within you that only you can express in the best possible way.  Write for yourself. Everything else will follow.

About the Author:

Ruchi Kokcha is a writer and a poet who truly believes in her saying, ‘People come, people go, poetry stays.’ A lover of stories, she did her master’s in English literature from Delhi University. Currently working as a teacher, when not immersed in books or typing her heart out, she loves weight training at the gym or swaying to a Bollywood dance number. Obsessed is her first novel.

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