AUTHOR INTERVIEW 21

Supriya ‘Deep’

India

Supriya is an IT Professional turned Author, based in India.
Her favorite time pass is plotting with her muse ‘Deep’, and secret hideout is a castle filled with characters, crafted in complex plots, woven together with thin threads of love and heavy chains of aversion.
With her interest in poetry, motivational talks, and the stand for causes of the environment, you can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, Tumbler as @authorsupriya, Facebook as @authorsupriyadeep.
She is not aware that she is different. Priyakshee, an IT Professional, could just see flashes of the future in her dreams. Still, she couldn’t save her mother; her father was far dead.

The cover-faced, self-healer fighter with the Aegishjalmur tattoo on his calf, AV, appears in her dreams and soon in real life. He protects her from attacks no one else knows about; tells her about her dead mother residing in his world: Midlife-The ghost-world; falls for her against the ‘Ghost law of protectors’.

Together they discover that Priyakshee, like her mother, is a member of JIVA, a hidden society with the power of Ghost-immortality. To keep her safe from himself, AV pursues her to marry her boss Amit who has developed an interest in her because she could prevision like Amit’s grandmother.

On the seventh day of their engagement, Priyakshee is found missing, Amit is convinced of her murder and after reading about AV in her diary, which says that Priyakshee is captured in the Ghost World, currently in eternal sleep waiting for Amit and AV to come and rescue her, Amit decides to prove her Schizophrenic.

Is AV really an imagination of Priyakshee or she holds a key to power everyone in Midlife would like to have? Why does Priyakshee go missing? Does Amit get rid of her after knowing about her schizophrenia? Or does he just want exemption from accusation to go and find Priyakshee?

‘Amitav Ghost’ breaks the stereotype, rediscovers the concept of Ghost, swings between psychological realism and fantasy, and keeps the reader guessing whether everything about AV is true or it’s Priyakshee’s imagination.

Romelia: WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE AN ACTIVIST, AND WHAT KIND?

Supriya Deep: There are no activists in my current book Amitav Ghost. But my next work in a social science fiction. You will find a lot of activists fighting against companies with agendas to spoil environment. Planning to bring it on floor by March next year.

 
Romelia: DO YOU PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE – AND, IF SO, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?

Supriya Deep: It’s mostly some Indian Raga on flute. I love flute music.


Romelia: HAVE PETS EVER GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF YOUR WRITING?

Supriya Deep: Not yet, thought I’m willing to give a pet to some of my next lead. But not usual like dog or cat, it has to be some mystical one like 9 tail fox from korean mythology.


Romelia: IF YOUR BOOK WERE MADE INTO A MOVIE, WHICH ACTORS WOULD PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS?

Supriya Deep: Have not thought yet, but I want some new faces in there, who are in future recognized as Priyakshee, Amit or Av.


Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER KILLED OFF A CHARACTER YOUR READERS LOVED?

Supriya Deep: Nopes, was planning to but my sister, my ideal reader threatened me that she will not read any of my work if I killed him. Actually I did that to tese her I have no plan to kill him. He is my Muse’s one of the best creation.

 
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?

Supriya Deep: Do the self talk in the language you want to write.


Romelia: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS?

Supriya Deep: When I asked this question from others I got an answer: ‘Read masters of your field.’ But Over time I realized something else. I would suggest: Read about craft of writing by masters. My favorite,  On Writing by Stephen King.


Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP OTHERS CREATE PLOTLINES?

Supriya Deep: Sorry, perhaps I’m not the correct person to answer this. My muse and plotline are not befriend yet. I just know 3 things about by story: Start, end and tuning point. Everything else comes as a flow. 


Romelia: WHAT HAS HELPED OR HINDERED YOU MOST WHEN WRITING A BOOK?

Supriya Deep: A fixed schedule, I completed first draft of my book Amitav Ghost in less than a Month while working on a job. It was so satisfactory.


Romelia: DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU? OR BOTH?

Supriya Deep: Depends on emotions I’m working with. Those emotions flows to story thorough me.


Romelia: WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR WRITING?

Supriya Deep: Bought a tablet and a Keyboard. So that it’s handy for me to write.


Romelia: WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR NEW AUTHORS?

Supriya Deep: Most common trap for an inexperienced author is FIRST DRAFT. Finish it as soon as possible. About market, those who ask you to pay them hefthy amount to reach one post about your book to all their followers when they are posting 20 post per day, I don’t find it worth of money. Facebook or Google adds are even way better investments for book promotion.


Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Supriya Deep: At least 1 hour. Then depends on my work. Writing is my first preference but second job.


Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS OR WEBSITES FOR WRITERS?

Supriya Deep: I don’t read a lot. Yes, in that, I’m out of league. For writing help I prefer writing help books.


Romelia: AT WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR WRITING?

Supriya Deep: Prefer morning, with fresh thoughs, but mostly end up late in night.


Romelia: HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH CHARACTER NAMES FOR YOUR STORIES?

Supriya Deep: If story is mythical, I mostly serch for meaningful name. If story has to have a character with hidden intensions, then preferences changes. The name Amitav has a connection if a reader reads the book till end, they will find it out.


Romelia: DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN WRITING CHALLENGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA? DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY?

Supriya Deep: I don’t participate! I tried NaNo once but deadline in writing is not my thing yet.


Romelia: IF YOU HAD THE POWER TO CURE A DISEASE OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Supriya Deep: Currently, Covid19 for sure. Though we have Work From Home scenarios, spending good time with family. A lot of people are suffering. A lot of other people have made this business and I don’t want to give them opportunity of playing with everyone’s emotions.


Romelia: WHEN YOU’RE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO YOU SET THE MOOD?

Supriya Deep: I have to get in the feeling. I need silence when I’m doing that. Rest upto my Muse, whom I call Deep.


Romelia: WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?

Supriya Deep: My sister for story flow, a friend for grammar and language structure. That’s it.


Romelia: WHAT BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING?

Supryia Deep: Only exception in my not reading list is Neil Gaiman. Reading time doesn’t change my style of writing, so I read his work, or else mostly the books on craft of writing.


Romelia: ARE THERE ANY BOOKS OR AUTHORS THAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?

Supriya Deep: No! I write my first poem in Hindi at age of 8. Even back then I was not very much in reading.


Romelia: NAME AN UNDERAPPRECIATED NOVEL THAT YOU LOVE.

Supriya Deep: Sorry,  I don’t read a lot.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Supriya Deep: I try my best not to hurt others and at the same place not to be hurt  by others. I hate how people don’t have a same attitude towards their rights within a society and responsibilities to the society.

Thanks for such awesome questions.
I’m running a contest where readers can get free ebook of Amitav Ghost.

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