‘I love playing guessing games with readers’

Published Jul 29, 2015, 8:40 am IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:38 am IST
Ganga Bharani is a technical analyst by profession, and writer, avid blogger by passion
Ganga Bharani
 Ganga Bharani

Ganga Bharani is a technical analyst by profession, and writer and avid blogger by passion. Her debut novel Just You, Secret and Me garnered great reviews. She has a loyal fan following through her popular blog Scribbled by GB. Her latest book A Minute to Death is out in bookstores now.

When did the idea for the book germinate?
One night, I was channel surfing and saw too many channels covering a murder (Aarushi’s). A murder was given several shades by various channels. That particular case inspired me to write A Minute To Death (crime thriller).

Which genre draws you the most as a reader and a writer?
I enjoy reading romance but I love writing crime thrillers or suspense stories, I love playing a guessing game with my readers.

Which is the best opening line in a book that you have ever read?
“Every morning, when I open my eyes to the so-called ‘new day,’ I feel like closing it again, staying in bed, and not getting up. But I can’t do that.” — Adultery by Paulo Coelho.

One fictional character close to your heart and why?
Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. I relate to her as an elder sister. I love the way a woman is shown as a powerful character in the book.

Who among the pantheon of writers (past/present) would you like to have coffee with?
I would like to have coffee with J.K. Rowling for who she is and who she has made me want to become.

What is your antidote for writer’s block?
More writing.

Which book do you keep revisiting time and again?
Hunger Games, especially Rue’s death scene.

How can new/budding writers prevent rejection from turning into dejection?
Publishers can reject one’s manuscript but no one can prevent it from being read. Post it on your blog and start writing your next manuscript better than the previous.