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Editors and bestsellers are scary

Authors at the recently concluded lit fest tell Regina Gurung what keeps them awake at night and what gets them through bad days

Published: 20th December 2016 10:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2016 05:50 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

Murzban F Shroff
What is the funniest question you got asked about your book?
About Breathless in Bombay, Is it about pollution in Mumbai?

What is your go-to drink when you are working on the book?
I celebrate a tidy piece of writing with a single malt. Make that two, no, three!

What do you do when you face a writer’s block?
I sleep with her.

What has been your harshest criticism?
I write like Rushdie and Naipaul rolled into one.

Tell us a line that best describes you as an author.
Obsessive, compulsive, and everything in order.

What was the worst nightmare you had about your book?
Going into the hands of the wrong editor.

What should be the colour of your upcoming book and why?
Anything but pink. So it doesn’t demonetise. Ever.

Rachna Singh

What is the funniest question you got asked about your book?
In Band, Baaja, Boys!, why are there so many boys after one girl?
My Answer : Sorry, I should have just written about one girl-one-boy, happy marriage with two kids, two adhaar cards and two meals a day.
 
What do you do when you face writer’s block?
Some retail therapy. And of course, blame the world around me.

What has been your harshest criticism?
Why do you write? Why can’t you get a decent job like other mothers have?
 
Give an example of a bad book.
 My passbook

Tell us a line that best describes you as an author.
Does not take herself too seriously.

Sabah Carrim

What is the funniest question you got asked about your book?
My book: Semi-Apes
Question: Is it about monkeys?

Who is your favourite character from your book? Why?
Me. Because I get to make fun of myself, as I do of all characters.

What has been your harshest criticism?
That the font I chose for my book was not decipherable.

Give an example of a bad book.
The book I tried writing a few months ago.

What was the worst nightmare you had about your book?
That it turned into a bestseller.

What should be the colour of your upcoming book and why?
Black and white - because the penguin on the cover looked its best in those shades.

Kiran Manral
What has been your harshest criticism?
Too many people dying in The Face at the Window.

What is the first book you read. (The one you remember).
Three Little Pigs. Was fascinated by the boiled turnips the pig was feasting on. I started my gluttony young.

What was the worst nightmare you had about your book?
I don’t dream about my books. I write out my nightmares.

Vasudev Murthy
What is the funniest question you got asked about your book?
Sherlock Holmes, the Missing Years: Timbuktu
How do you know Sherlock Holmes?

What has been your harshest criticism?
How did YOU manage to get published?

What is the first book you read. (The one you remember).
It was a childrens picture book with the image of a scary man with a beard, I still remember opening the pages very carefully often to check if the man was still there.

What was the worst nightmare you had about your book?
That someone may actually read it.

Jahnavi Barua

What do you do when you face writer’s block?
Go for a walk, read a favourite writer’s book

What has been your harshest criticism?
That my work is too “Quiet”



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