Ganga Bharani is an engineering graduate. She is currently working as an IT developer in Hewlett Packard. She was awarded the ‘Best Urban Chennai Blogger’ award by EchoVME and urban tree. She was also awarded the ‘Woman of Substance’ by godrej and blogadda. Two of her short films titled ‘Tiny steps’ and ‘Candles’ won ‘Best film award’ and ‘Special Mention Award’ respectively at WE CARE international Film festival. Let us know more about her writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I wanted to become a film maker. But that interest grew in me years after I was born into a middle class tambrahm family. For families like ours education is always the primary focus to become successful in life. More than education its marks, degree and the conventional high paying jobs. Cinema was always a distant dream but I was not ready to give up on that. I understood that the only way to reach cinema was through books. That’s why I started to write.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
To be honest, with the little exposure I had when I was a girl I loved reading short stories published in Wisdom magazine.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Time management is the biggest challenge for me as I also have a full time job. I think this is the case of most writers today.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
None of my books so far needed too much research. But the one I am writing as a part of the crime thriller series I have started writing with my second book needs a lot of research and I am doing it for the past two months.
What motivated you to write the book “A Minute to Death”?
A good friend of mine passed away and I heard it was a suicide. A few months after that incident a girl in my flat hung herself to death. The word suicide got etched in my brain from then. I wanted to create an engaging story around a suicide and create an aversion towards that word.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “A Minute to Death”?
Have you ever imagined what you will do a minute before you die? Do you think you will be sad about the death or happy to have reached the end? This book is all about ‘A Minute To Death’.
Riya, an aspiring writer, wants to shadow her cop boyfriend, Rohan, to draw inspiration for her book. He takes her to a seemingly simple suicide. Later Riya learns that a watch was lying beneath the dead girl. The watch was stopped from ticking but it got the investigation started. Was it a suicide or a murder? If it was a murder and the murderer wanted to make it look like a suicide why was the watch left beneath the dead girl?
How did you came up with the idea of writing crime fiction genre book?
News papers are full of stories and crimes. No one around me likes the job he/she does. Connecting these dots that floated in the darkness of my bedroom ‘A Minute To Death’ was born.
Who are your favourite authors?
JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
4 hours after work.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t try to copy the success of someone else. Don’t try to find happiness outside. Concentrate on the world within you and you will find everything you want within.
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