How Author Moitrayee Bhaduri keeps the writing process disciplined?
Moitrayee Bhaduri is an author, screenwriter, and content specialist. She has written 2 crime thrillers: The Sinister Silence and Who Killed the Murderer?. Moitrayee also works as a content consultant, writes screenplays, and conducts writing workshops. She loves reading, writing, and watching cricket. Currently, she lives in Mumbai, India. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
It took me almost three years. I had reached out to many publishers but somehow things didn’t work out. Finally, Srishti Publishers accepted my book proposal and they were very prompt in responding to my queries. Once they selected the book, it was published in about 6 or 7 months.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
I made quite a few mistakes. For example, my initial manuscript was very long and some of the content was repetitive. My editor at Srishti pointed that out to me and helped me make the manuscript tauter and fast-paced. I was happy with the final approved draft that was published. While writing my second book, I ensured that the content was engaging and not repetitive. Inputs from my editor at TreeShade further helped me fine-tune the content. While writing and rewriting my third and fourth books (yet to be published), I made sure that I don’t repeat the same mistakes, regardless of the length of the book.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
Yes, and I have done that in the past. Not two novels together but a book and a screenplay. I’ve also written short stories while working on a manuscript. In fact, when faced with a writer’s block, working on two different projects help generate fresh ideas.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
Somewhat yes. I try to complete several steps before I start writing. Not that I always succeed, but I make a plan nevertheless. For example, researching on the subject, writing character sketches and back stories of my protagonist and antagonist, having a story-map of the novel etc.
When I start writing, a lot of these things change — the ending I had in mind inevitably changes, the characters start behaving weirdly, unexpected subplots crop up etc. I guess that’s the magic of the storytelling process. Besides, as I get more involved with a character, more research becomes necessary. So yes, there is a modus operandi in place. But that’s to keep my writing process disciplined. Along the way, the writing shapes up as it does.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
Though many of my author friends consider it a myth, I feel that the writer’s block exists. I have experienced it, perhaps because I tend to procrastinate and day dream quite a bit. When faced with a block, I shift my focus away from writing – singing, walking, reading, or playing a game is helpful. A good strong coffee helps refresh the mind too and gets me back on track.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
I always get emotionally attached to what I am reading. But if I have to pick one book, it has to be ‘The Alchemist’. It has been a life-changing book for me and I am ever grateful to the author Paulo Coelho for gifting us this masterpiece.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I love reading. My favourite list is long. Some of the authors I admire include Paulo Coelho, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Orhan Pamuk, Amitav Ghosh, Milan Kundera, JK Rowling, and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others.
More details about Moitrayee Bhaduri’s novels.
Synopsis of ‘Who Killed the Murderer?’
Who Killed the Murderer? (TreeShade Books, 2019) revolves around the mysterious death of a stunning actress in a beauty parlour and traces detective Mili Ray’s journey through this complicated case. It is a riveting psychological thriller that will hook you right from the first page.
Amazon book buy link: https://amzn.to/2Mm0aT2
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvLlyPI4qA0
Synopsis of ‘The Sinister Silence’
Set in Mumbai, The Sinister Silence (Srishti Publishers, 2015) is a gripping tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal in the Information Technology industry. The story introduces the feisty ex-supercop DCP Mili Ray, and her private detective agency.