Over a month ago, I had picked up the Done With Her book by Chirasree Bose, which is a fascinating story of raw love, insane lust, irresistible obsession, and…murder.
Right from the second chapter, the story made me curious to know what happens next. I enjoyed reading the book and felt like talking to the author. And here we are.
Read on as Chirasree Bose discusses her debut book, her emotions when the book got published, lessons she learnt after publishing the book, her favourite authors, and more.
1. Let’s begin with a brief introduction of yours, and a brief overview of your debut book— Done With Her.
Okay, ask me about my book and I can probably talk for hours. But introducing myself always sounds tough. Anyway, I am a writer and have recently authored a fiction called ‘Done With Her…’.
It’s my love and passion for writing that led me to write this book. Done With Her is a Crime Thriller with a message for society. I’d like my readers to read the book more for the message than just enjoying the thrill.
2. Where did you get the idea behind the story of Done With Her? Do the characters come from real-life incidents or from your own imaginations?
The idea suggested itself to me long back. I just needed to put the scattered pieces together and create a story that made sense. That is the job of a writer. For me, ideas like this want itself to be written and read by people so that eventually it can serve its purpose.
3. What were the main challenges that you faced to find the right publisher?
Finding the right publisher was very crucial for me. Because the book, I mean, the kindle edition was already out and doing good among readers. It was then that I thought of approaching a proficient publisher who could get me an even better response through their work for the paperback. Evincepub was the right choice for me at that point.
Talking of challenges, I would say some publishers out there charge outlandish amounts for doing this. But for me, my book was not just a means for someone to make a business out of it. I wanted quality at the right pricing. That’s all.
4. Really excited to know about the emotions that you felt when the first copy of your book hit the market. Can you please describe the emotions that you went through?
It was amazing. It first happened on the day the kindle edition was out on Amazon. I had had no realisation before that day regarding how much my life could change through this book. Whatever response I received from the readers (positive, negative and neutral) made my day.
I used to wake up early every morning only to check if there was a new review. And the entire day would pass doing the same. So, you can imagine how special those days were.
The next time I felt equally (in fact, more) overwhelmed was when the paperback was out, and I held it for the first time. I don’t know how to put it but all I would say is everything – the decisions I’d made once, risks, sacrifices, efforts – started making sense.
5. When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?
It happened 3 years back when I wrote a piece for the first time.
6. Three lessons that you learnt after publishing your first book?
First, you gotta market your book a lot.
Second, you need to choose your publisher wisely.
Third, you cannot back out because of negative reviews, since a story can never make everybody happy.
7. I see most of the young writers choosing romance as the core theme for their book. Doesn’t that make the theme ordinary for readers? Please share your views.
I don’t think anything is ordinary when it comes to creativity. A hundred writers may write on the same subject and yet each of them may do equally well. Because every writer has a different style and way of putting things. Be it romance, be it a thriller, be it mythology.
8. Whom do you consider your icons when it comes to writing? Any favourite authors?
9. Nowadays, everyone is becoming a writer (or at least trying to) by sharing random lines on Instagram and other platforms like Your Quote. What are your thoughts about it?
That’s great. If people are not shying away from expressing their thoughts through their passion, then what’s wrong in it? However, what really turns me off is people copying other writers’ lines and using the same for gaining some likes on these platforms.
Do your own thing, you know! Do not copy.
10. A Quick-fire round:
-Books that have influenced your life?
None. Maybe I am yet to read one that can.
-If your book were to be turned into a movie, who are the celebrities that you would love to star in it?
I haven’t thought about it yet. Maybe I would like a new face to portray the character of Spreeha on screen.
-What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Do not follow what others are doing. Choose your own path and do your own thing – it was useful and inspiring.
-Luck or Hard Work, what do you think weighs more in defining a successful person?
Both. You need both to be successful.
11. What’s next for Chirasree Bose?
I am working on two plots at the moment. Let’s see which one works out first.