Sourabh Mukherjee – The best way to overcome a writer’s block is to never stop writing.
Sourabh Mukherjee is the author of three psychological thriller novels The Sinners (Srishti Publishers and Distributors, 2019), The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the Limelight (Readomania, 2017) and In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller (Srishti Publishers and Distributors, 2015). His first Bengali thriller novel is Chondrolekha Nihoto (2020).
He has also written three collections of short stories – Romance Shorts (2016), a collection of dark-romance short stories; a 2-part series Beyond 22 Yards (Srishti Publishers and Distributors, 2018) on stories of Love and Crime from the world of cricket and a 7-part series of short stories titled It’s All About Love (Srishti Publishers and Distributors, 2018). The titles in the series are The Gift, The Cookery Show and a Love Story, A Special Day, Masks, An Autumn Turmoil, The Hunt, The Death Wish.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
I won the Golden Pen Award in a short story competition that was judged by eminent literary luminaries and was conducted by a literary website Sulekha.com in 2014. That was when I decided to take my writing more seriously. The very next year, in 2015, my first novel, “In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller” was published by Srishti Publishers.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
Nothing specific that I would call a mistake. However, my literary journey has been a learning experience, especially in the areas of marketing and promotion of my books and building my brand as an author of psychological thrillers.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
I usually do not. For me, writing is an organic process. I need to get into the mind-space of my characters, and transport myself to the world that my characters inhabit. As such, it becomes difficult for me to write two or more stories at the same time.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
As I mentioned earlier, I do not follow a strict modus operandi for my writing. I am an organic writer, and I need to be in the right mood and right frame of mind that the story demands. When I start writing a novel, I usually work on a basic layout, and then I let the sights and sounds in my mind take over.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
It does, and the best way to overcome a writer’s block is to never stop writing. Even when I am not writing a novel, I keep writing short stories, take part in contests, or just keep writing down my thoughts and my feelings. That quickly gets the words flowing and the ideas resurfacing.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
There are too many to name. I was greatly influenced by Dr. Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese?” It teaches you to embrace change, and transform every challenge to an opportunity.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I am a voracious reader, and I read every day, mostly fiction. Some of my favourite authors are Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Keigo Higashino, Koji Suzuki, and Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). I am also an ardent fan of Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories, as well as the works of Satyajit Ray and Sharadindu Bandopadhyay.
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