BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Ganga Bharani to Book Lovers World. Ganga is a consultant by profession and the Author of the books, “Just, You, Me and a Secret” and “A Minute to Death”. She is a creative writer, a passionate blogger, a script writer, a motion film maker and a director, with a creative mind and a beautiful heart that has captured the hearts of several people in reading world.
Ganga Bharani: Thank you so much for the warm welcome.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on publishing the second book, A Minute To Death. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a simple girl with complicated dreams.
Ganga Bharani: I went to an engineering college to discover what I wanted to do or what I was passionate about, just like every other Indian teenager; I wanted to tell stories. Making stop motion and short films was just an accident that accelerated my journey to become a writer. Two of my short films have won awards at we care international film festival. I have two titles as mentioned above. I am sure I have already said more than just a “Little”.
BLW: We know that you are one awesome writer. Just, You, Me and a Secret is a fast-paced gripping novel. What a reader we expect in the book, A Minute to Death? Tell us the secrets about your book, what it means to you, and how did you conceive the idea of writing on a topic that still seems to be a tough task to most of us? How long did it take to write this book?
Ganga Bharani: I would like to share with you the background of how this story materialised into a book. One of my colleagues was interested in making a short film
after I signed the contract and the next month,
I assumed I will become a Chethan or a Preethi.
and had asked me to give him a script. That night this story occurred to me and I narrated it to him the following day. It wasn’t within their budget. That was the time I had already signed a contract with Tales4 publications for my first book. But things were moving slow. I didn’t know it took so much time for a manuscript to become a book. I was new and just like everyone else I was in a hurry to become a writer, reach my dream spot in life. I thought my book would be published the month after I signed the contract and the next month I assumed I will become a Chethan or a Preethi Shenoy. In the real world things doesn’t happen so fast, so easily. Disappointed. Frustrated. I started writing down the story as a blog series. I used to literally writer every minute I was awake and not at work. 3 chapters a day, two in the morning and one in the night. A lot of readers mailed me, messaged me, called me and a few met me in person at work asking what the next chapter would be and expressed their eagerness to read the next chapter that I was going to publish. This boosted my confidence and here I am, one and a half year after all that, with the book printed and ready to be published.
I don’t enjoy writing stories without suspense. As and when I write a new chapter I want to be entertained myself with the surprises my brain gives me with a new twist in the story. Most of the twists in my books are unplanned, they come with the flow as I write that particular chapter.
BLW: Riya and Rohan, San and Meera, which pair is your favorite?
Ganga Bharani: Riya and Rohan are really close to my heart. Though Meera was my first creation ever as a writer, I love Riya more. I am biased. Riya has a part of me, she is my reflection, a girl who shares my passion and goal. She is an aspiring writer In the book.
BLW: What inspired you to write this book?
Ganga Bharani: Death.
BLW: Just, You, Me and a Secret deals with medical aspects, what can we expect in A Minute to Death? Would you be sticking to one preferred style and genre in future?
Ganga Bharani: A minute to death is a crime thriller. Just you, me and a secret had a lot of romance, family drama along with suspense. But A Minute To Death has a lot of suspense and beautiful romance along with crime investigations. It is a cop story.
Fingers crossed. If this book is welcomed well by reader, I am planning to write a series of crime thrillers with the same characters. If it is not welcomed by readers, I will still write a crime series. 🙂
BLW: We know what happened to your debut work. What was the verdict? Did you get justice?
Ganga Bharani: I have spoken so much about the injustice and my only motto was to bring it to light, To keep people informed of such things being possible. I reserve my comments related to this issue as this isn’t the right time or space for it. I will surely inform you guys what happens at the end.
BLW: Apart from being a victim of plagiarism, what are the other biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?
Ganga Bharani: Every single day I grow a little more as a writer. I learn new things and everything surprises me. When a reader mails me with so much excitement about his or her experience reading my book, it surprises me.
Patience is a lesson I am learning. It is very important for a writer to be patient for long waiting for responses from publishers and readers.
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Ganga Bharani: I can write anywhere be it a noisy restaurant, a silent library or my room. I don’t easily sit down to start writing but once I sit, you can’t distract me until I complete writing what’s playing inside my head.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Ganga Bharani: When I was a preprimary student I wanted to become a teacher as I thought teachers were most powerful. They had the power to control all of us.
During my primary school days I wanted to become an IAS officer as dad said they were the most powerful people of the country.
Middle school, my dreams shifted to becoming a doctor as we waited for long hours in clinics, even IAS officers had to wait to meet doctors, I heard. Doctors are the supreme power I thought and really wanted to become a doctor.
After 10th exams , I heard that engineers work in A/C cabins all day. Considering that I was from a middle class family of those days, a whole day in air conditioning was a big thing. I wanted that sophistication. I opted computer science as my major.
I wanted to become a software engineer till the first day of college. Finally, I figured out that if I was good at something it was cooking stories. I had always cooked up convincible stories to support my absence or laziness for not finishing assignments. So here I am telling you such a big story for a simple question.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Ganga Bharani: Life itself is an inspiration for me. We are allowed to live and I really enjoy the fact that there a system here on earth for human beings. Every person is a million stories piled up in a particular order to call it his or her life.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Ganga Bharani: Movies have inspired me and have heavily influenced me. I watch Movies from across the world. JKR inspire me as a person. Her life has inspired me more than her books.
BLW: We would be happy to know about any future projects that you are currently working on?
Ganga Bharani: As I said I want to write a series of crime thriller. I am too tired murdering, I have done that enough, so I want to go to school and fall in love again. My next book might be a romance novella. I am in talks with a publisher and it’s too early to comment about it.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Just kidding. I have a lot of dreams to create some secret in my life. But as of now all I know is to write and I am not even sure yet if I do that well.
BLW: We know you enjoy reading books? What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Ganga Bharani: No cook would tell you the restaurants he ate in, will he?
BLW: What advice would you give to all those aspiring authors who consider you as an ideal?
Ganga Bharani: I am yet to reach a place where I could be called something close to an ideal. But even if I am there I would say that I’m not an ideal And that’s the best advice. Every writer is different so don’t aspire to become like someone else.
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Ganga Bharani: My book will be available soon, please read and let me know how it is. I hope I have done justice to the money and time you spend on it.
Thank you so much for your time. It’s our pleasure to chat with you… And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we’re going to interview the lead characters of the book, A Minute To Death “Rohan and Riya”. We hope you will like the response. Stay Tuned!