I know its been long since I published any interviews,actually I had been a little busy with my field trip studying the Karbi tribes. I’ll tell you people about them some other day .
Today we have Prachi Percy Sharma along with us. She gave me her interview two weeks ago but due to critical circumstances I couldn’t make it up to you.
Here are the few questions that I asked her..
1. When did you first start writing and were your parents co-operative with it?
I first started scribbling in a notebook when I was in the eighth grade. My parents didn’t understand at first. They came on board much later.
2.How long does it take for you to write a book?
It depends on my situation and priorities. It takes me a minimum of a month and a maximum of four months to finish a first draft.
3.What was your debut novel?
My debut novel is a crime thriller titled A Predator in Paradise. It’s a serialized e-novel published by Cosyreading.
4.Do you have any suggestions for newbie authors to become a better author?
I’m a debut author myself so I hardly think I’m qualified to advice others. But I would say this: Do not jump into publication without honing your writing and storytelling skills.
5.How do you publish your books -self or traditional?
6.How long did it take for your books to be published?
One was accepted within a week. Another took eight months. One took just three weeks to be accepted.
7.Books of which genre hold your interest?
I read across genres, but since I’m a crime writer mainly, I would say crime novels by Sir Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, James Patterson, Michael Conelly, John Grisham, Erle Stanley Gardner, Thomas Harris and Steig Larsson have influenced my writing. Literary fiction by authors like Naipaul, Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer and Gabriel Marquez has helped me with prose and style.
8.Name any 6 books which are your favorite.
The Hannibal trilogy by Thomas Harris, Millenium Series by Steig Larsson, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
9.What are your plannings this year?
This year, apart from releasing two books, I’m planning to finish an erotic suspense trilogy, one crime novel set in Mumbai and another set in Boston.
10.What genre are your books?.
I mostly write in the crime/mystery genre
11.How do you develop your plots and characters?
I have no fixed process. I just write a rough outline of the idea in my brain and then I go with it. The characters develop with the plot.
12.Give us an insight into one of your favorite character from any one of your novel.
My favorite character is Mia Santos, from one of my upcoming novels. She’s a feminist, an author and editor of a feminist magazine. She’s tough, independent, smart, intelligent and determined. She doesn’t back down from a challenge and when challenged, gives it as good as she gets.
Thanks for having me here.
We thank you too Miss Prachi for sparing some of your moments for us. Wishing you luck. May God bless you.