Interview with sharmishtha basu

What do your fans mean to you?
They are the wings under my creative wings. When I started writing I did not had an ounce of courage, it is my friends (Fans?) who helped me into becoming a confident writer, cyber artist by reading and relishing my works.

They are my most treasured people I will say.
What are you working on next?
A bunch of stories and poems. Mostly fantasy and two long novels based on my true life experiences.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many... I am a bookworm. But some favorite are Maupassant, Maugham, Doyle, Jules Verne, Hugo, Shakespeare.... plus my bengali writers Tagore, Sharatchandra, Bibhutibhushan, Saradindu, Bankimchandra....
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing and sharing them with friends, reading their works :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love painting using microsoft paintbrush, apart from that I have nice group of friends, I read their works, spend some time watching television...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
browsing through the sites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, MSN's reader's archive was really generous to share it in their website :)
What is your writing process?
absolutely whimsical, my muse makes me write... i just sit down and obey her. I dont follow any pattern or schedule, I keep thinking about the stories i am working on while doing the chores, watching tele and then i sit down and write. Or sometimes I just sit down and write whatever comes to mind and then the story forms itself. Poems come automatically.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was too small, When I look back I see myself grabbing a book and tottering around :)

The first book that had really serious impact on me was Tarzan I think- all serieses of it.
How do you approach cover design?
never had the chance.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
of human bondage by somerset maugham- it is absolutely amazing, a lot can be learnt from the experiences of the hero.
Sherlock Holmes stories- I am drop dead fan of Holmes.
Gitabitan- a compilation of all poems by rabindranath tagore- they are priceless jewels.
Bankim rachanabali- all works of bankim chandra chatterjee the greatest writer of bengali i think. His control over bengali was amazing.
Jules Verne compilation- His imagination is beyond this world.
Victor Hugo's Les Miserables- it is one of the best stories I have ever read.
Maupassant's short stories- no one can write such stories
What do you read for pleasure?
something that will deeply touch my heart- in any nice way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
computer screen.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
never tried it.
Describe your desk
fortunately my computer is my desk- for writing and painting- it is easy to clean and keep clean :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up with books- and they certainly have been my main inspiration, because from childhood I loved dreaming with my storybook characters, now I dream with my own characters.
When did you first start writing?
in 2007, in MSN's reader's archive.
Published 2014-07-29.
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