Wow! These author interviews have just exploded on my blog recently! I recently had another email (this time from Goodreads) from author Reetwika Banerjee, we got talking and I agreed to let her stop by to tell us a little about herself and her story book Fantastic 40, which is a collection of "micro stories". Please welcome her to my blog and say hi.
Thank you for taking the time to appear on my blog. Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?
Reetwika Banerjee, 28 years, is professionally a Data Security consultant currently associated with Accenture. She loves to present her ideas and have participated in more than 25 Corporate and International conferences and business contests across the globe, crowning Laurels from most of them. With roots in the city of joy Kolkata (India), she is now settled in the silicon city of Bangalore (India). She had previously worked with Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro serving across various Indian states.
Reetwika’s hobbies include creative thinking and international travels and she dreams to be the Indian “Agatha Christie”. “Fantastic 40” is her first published book and she is currently working on her second book on micro stories.
What first inspired you to get into writing?
Due to my intolerant attitude towards treachery, I had been subject to immense stress many a times. However it was my faith on my thoughts and actions, I was able to come out of it. In fact the extreme pressure I had taken and mental strains I had gone through stand out to be the most powerful source of inspiration for me. It drives me to stretch myself, pen down my experiences, express those hard-earned realizations, human behavioural patterns and character sketches through my writing. Once you get into some trouble, you get to know the real character behind many people around you.
Who are your favourite authors?
I love reading short stories – be it any language. One of my favourites being Anton Chekhov.
Nice! Do you have any other hobbies other than writing or is that your whole world?
Hobbies include creative thinking, international travels and digital photography.
Do you have a particular favourite genre to write in?
I write what I love to read.
I liked to read novels in childhood. With time, I started feeling tired of waiting so much to know what finally happens at the end. So started reading short stories and soon became an avid reader of the genre. Be it in any language I kept reading them. I enjoy quickly getting into the climax. Soon short stories too seemed too long to hold my curiosity back and I was slowly growing impatient to read them as well. Started looking for even shorter stories in the racks.
Well, before starting with my micro story concept, one question frequently came to my mind, - In today’s speedy world, do we really have enough time to relax and enjoy a full length novel? Keeping the fast pace of our promising nations, is it not high time to make a paradigm shift of the contemporary literary styles? Such thoughts ran behind me for months till the time I came up with the concept of MICRO STORY.
Sounds interesting! Without giving away too many spoilers, can you tell the nice people us a little bit about your new/upcoming book?
I am currently working on my second book of micro stories. I will not say it’s a sequel of “Fantastic 40” but ya of the same genre.
Where did you get the inspirations for this?
Every day we come across so many new things, happen to meet so many people, experience so many things around us – I believe every little thing adds up to motivating me towards writing.
Do you have any favourite characters in the story?
Personally I am very fond of one of my characters called “Mama”. He comes with a comical charisma.
If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters?
Ya will love to.
Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?
Storyline. Weak characters can build up fantastic stories if depicted well. But even with strongest of characters a poor storyline can destroy the entire effort.
What do you look for in a good story?
An unpredictable climax/turn in the end.
What’s the best advice you can give to authors?
Keep writing. Don't get disappointed even if you do not find a single reader. You never know your which creation will soar you to the zenith of acceptance.
Great advice. I can relate to the getting disappointed part. Ok, now for the REAL questions of the interview – and these are real life or death here! The fate of the world rests on this question and could cause a time collapse that will wipe out all life in the Universe. So think carefully before you answer. What DOES the Fox say?
He is mute – Too many people around us are foxing each other making the actual fox a mere silent spectator.
Makes sense to me. Now why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the other side.
And finally, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and for stopping by. You guys can check out Reetwika and her story book Fantastic 40 at this Facebook pages.
And as always, if there are any authors that wished to be interviewed on my blog, please send a message my way.
Thanks for reading!