Kesar and the lullaby birds ft Debasmita Dasgupta

Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based internationally published picture-book illustrator and graphic novel artist with over a decade of experience in the field of art-for-change. She specialises in creating cause-based illustrations, be it about promoting girl child rights, ending violence against women or sharing inspiring stories of change makers. Her work has been showcased across many countries in the world.

Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym, and why or why not?

DD: No. My name has always been a conversation starter in my life. In Sanskrit it means “the smile of God”.

How long did it take to finish “Kesar and the Lullaby Birds” ?

DD: From visual research to final colour illustrations took me about 6-8 months.

Tell us about some anecdotes that were a part of the writing process of this book?

DD: Illustrating Kesar’s story has been a terrific experience. I love vibrant colours and patterns and textures. And this story gave me to opportunity to experiment and create with each of these elements. I have dedicated this book to India’s incredible indigenous artists who have always inspired my art.

How would you describe your Book’s Ideal reader ?

DD: Children of all ages, precisely 7-9 years

Tell us about the future literary projects that you are working on.

DD: I am working on one picture book, 2 graphic novels for children, and one graphic novel for young adults. All releasing in 2022-23.

The Hidden Hindu ft Akshat Gupta

Akshat Gupta, author of ‘The Hidden Hindu’. Also a Bollywood screenwriter, lyricist, and poet based in Mumbai. Akshat has more than 5 films in his bag, including 2 with T-Series and others with known production houses of Bollywood.

How did your journey as an author begin?

AG: I began writing for my son. He loved watching all the fictional stories and was a huge fan of Marvel, DC, Harry potter and others. In 2014, I came to Mumbai leaving behind my restaurant business and started a new journey as a writer. Initially it was a little difficult but slowly and steadily things lead me to the right path in life.

Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym, and why or why not?

AG: I have never considered writing under a pseudonym. There are no reasons behind it.

The cover of the book is quite interesting and eye catching, would you like to tell us more about it?

AG: Yes, the cover was created by a guy named Sangram and Mr. Neeraj, all the credits to them. We have been getting amazing responses about the cover and we are happy how it came out as well.

Tell us a bit about the Symbols that is in the end of the book ?

AG: The symbol as a whole covers the entire journey of ‘The Hidden Hindu’. Each and every element carved on the symbol has a specific relevance and importance to the story. That’s all I can add to this question as I don’t want to become the spoiler of my own story.

What was the thought process when you introduced Subhash Chandra Bose character’s ?

AG: There have been talks and theories about the end of the great Subash Chandra Bose, but it was never confirmed. Many characters in our story including Subash Chandra Bose were essential in the creation of the story. As all the things mentioned about the Hindu scriptures and history are facts and not fiction and our story revolves around the same.

Tell us about the future literary projects that you are working on.

AG: We are working on a lot of things, and I hope that the next literary piece comes out soon for the people to read.

Jeffery Archer ft Over my dead body

1.How did your journey as an Author begin?

JA: I was a young Member of Parliament in London, made a disastrous investment and lost all my money, so I resigned from the House and had to find another job. I’d never considered writing before, but suddenly I thought the idea of how I lost my money would make a good novel – Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less – and that’s exactly how it all began.

2. Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym, and why or why not?

JA: No – I’m very happy with the name Jeffrey Archer, and I’m happy for people to know I have written the books!

3. How long did it take to finish Over my dead body ?

JA: Writing a first draft of a novel takes around a thousand hours, and during that time I do fourteen drafts, and a year later I’ve finished.

4. Please tell us about some anecdotes that were a part of the writing process of Over my dead body ?

JA: I rely a great deal on the expertise of my two chief researchers, ex-chief superintendent John Sutherland and ex-detective sergeant Michelle Roycroft, who come up with anecdotes that took place in their careers, with perhaps a little embellishment.

5. How would you describe your Book’s Ideal reader ?

JA: I consider myself a storyteller rather than a writer, so aim to make the books unputdownable. But only the public can decide if one has achieved that.

6. Tell us about the future literary projects that you are working on.

JA: This month sees the publication of the paperback of Over My Dead Body, then in September my new William Warwick novel, Next in Line, will be in the shops, and I’m now working on the next book in the series, for 2023 – but I can’t reveal either the theme or the title just yet! Can I send every one of you in your amazing book club, my very best wishes and thank you for your support over the years. It will not come as a surprise that 60% of my readers are women.