More than a month ago, writing colleague and friend Nabina Das wrote a post in her blog and tagged me: http://nabinadas13.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/my-mothers-roses-and-a-short-story-book-blog-runner-with-five-tagged-writers/
And I am quoting her here:
Chain mails might sometime seem too compelling in their appeal. But writing about writing is quite fun, especially when a writer tags me. Taking the cue from Nabina Das, here’s my post. I took a long time getting to it. Sorry. Quoting from Nabina’s blog again: It is tough to write about one’s own writing, but fun as well. And somewhere along this exercise, things become clearer to you, about your writing goals, aspirations and small pleasures.
We each tag five more writers, and they tell five more and so on.
Now, this post won’t bring you instant recognition or snazzy awards. Also, no guarantee one would score brownie points in heaven by passing on this post.
Message for tagged authors:
Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post ***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress) ***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing: What is your working title of your book? Where did the idea come from for the book? What genre does your book fall under? Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Who or what inspired you to write this book? What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your five people in advance.
Okay so here is Nabina Das and below that my five tagged with or without their permission, writer friends:
Hansda S Shekhar
There may be more to follow. So calling all my writer friends, if you want to answer those questions, please do and email them to me. I’ll post them here in my blog if you don’t have your own!
Now to find the As for those Qs! Phew! I know, I know I am horribly late with this! It’s so darn hard to write about myself, sorry Nabina I took so long!
Q1 What is your working title of your book?
Ans 1 Actually there are several, because I have begun half a dozen books, ranging from children’s to adults. I’m feeling sheepish about this, but at this time I have that many manuscripts in various stages of development. Having said that, I do have a title, two titles and they are the final titles because they have both been accepted for publication by Lifi Publications, India. The first one is a novel – Culling Mynahs and Crows. The other one is a book of short fiction – The Vanishing Man and Other Imperfect Men.
Q2 Where did the idea come from for the book?
Ans 2 The book, my novel, sort of grew into its present avatar, if I may call it that. It began as a dream I’d had a long time ago about a man who wanted to set things right in the world, except that his methods were controversial and he was a murderer. Somewhere down the line, another character took over, became more important than the serial killer. The story became different, and it was no longer the killer and his philosophy, but the effect of that on certain people, and that became the focal point, the crux of the story. I like to think of Culling Mynahs and Crows as a book that grew organically.
Regarding The Vanishing Man and Other Imperfect Men, these are stories that I’ve written during the past decade and most, possibly all, have been individually published in journals all over the world. These stories are about men, as the title suggests; their failings, idiosyncracies, cravings and needs. The men are all Indian, but not necessarily urban. They come from all walks of life.
Q3 What genre does your book fall under?
Ans 3 Literary fiction. Ditto for the short story collection.
Q4 Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ans 4 This is too tough for me. I honestly have no clue. And, anyway most of my favourite actors are dead or too old. May I scout around among the newbies and return to this one?
Q5 What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Ans 5 The novel: How many will Agnirekha fell before she finds herself, and how much can Agnishikha endure?
Q6 Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Ans 6 As I said, Lifi Publications, India are publishing my books; sometime during the middle of this year – 2013.
Q7 How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Ans 7 The first draft took me around three months. It, the novel, was 250 pages at that time; now it’s 480 pages or so, long.
Q8 What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Ans 8 I haven’t yet read any that I can compare Culling Mynahs and Crows with. This is an awkward question for me. I also don’t think this is an easy book. I am anxious about reader-response.
Q9 Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Ans 9 I don’t think there was anything or any person in particular that triggered off this book. You could say I went into a state of mind after watching, reading, hearing etc. and the first character was born from that debris of information or more appropriately stimuli.
Q10 What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Ans 10 The book is set in the Calcutta and Bengal of the 80s, when jobs and opportunities were going away from the state. More and more Bengalis were leaving for greener pastures. This is a favourite haunt of mine, theme wise. I am obsessed with Bengal’s condition, much of which fills me with anger. I don’t know about the pique bit. That’s not for me to say. But anger is an emotion I can understand and relate to, though not necessarily empathise with. The book’s actions take place in Calcutta, Bisrampur – a silk and cotton mill town that I made up located somewhere in Murshidabad district, and finally in the USA. Most of the actions take place within a week, in Bisrampur. The after math continues in Calcutta and spills over into the USA. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t written Kolkata. It’s Calcutta, Calcutta, all the way. Mostly because the book is set at a time when the city was Calcutta or Cal as we still call her. There are certain observations made by Agnirekha, one of my main protagonists, about expatriate Bengalis. I don’t know how that will be received by expat Bengalis when, if, should, they read the book once it’s published.