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.
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.