"It is important to create an impactful storyline that readers can relate to" - Sourabh Mu



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sourabh Mukherjee is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers “In the Shadows of Death” and “The Colours of Passion”; “Romance Shorts”, a collection of dark-romance short stories; “Beyond 22 Yards”, a 2-part series of books on the themes of Love and Crime from the world of cricket; and “It’s All About Love”, an anthology of love stories.

His books have been highly appreciated by readers, bloggers and leading media houses across the country. “The Colours of Passion” was long-listed in WordtoScreen 2018, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) and was among Top 10 New Arrivals in Starmark outlets across India during the month of release. Eminent literary website MyBookPick.com ranked “In the Shadows of Death” and “The Colours of Passion” among top Indian thrillers in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Sourabh received the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest 2014 organised by Sulekha.com and judged by an eminent panel of literary luminaries.


An Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in his day-job, Sourabh works as a Vice President in a technology multi-national. Author of several publications on emerging trends in business and technology, Sourabh speaks regularly in various national and global conferences and sits on the Advisory Boards of several premier educational institutions.

A keen observer of human behaviour and cultural diversities, Sourabh loves travelling and has travelled across USA and various countries in Europe and Asia. An avid reader of fiction, Sourabh is equally passionate about photography, movies, and music. Visit www.sourabhmukherjee.com to find out more about Sourabh and his books.


INTERVIEW

Q. Characterize yourself in one word?

Ambitious.

Q. Please describe what the story/book is about.

“It’s All About Love” is a 7-part series of stories of romance and family bonds titled “The Gift”, “The Cookery Show and a Love Story”, “A Special Day”, “An Autumn Turmoil”, “Masks”, “The Hunt” and “The Death Wish”.


The collection is about the all-consuming power of Love. The stories are short and have different flavours – paranormal, tragedy, suspense, drama, lust. But what ties them together is the underlying theme of Love. And an unpredictable twist in the plot. Every story is guaranteed to make its own small home in a corner of your heart and stay with you for a lifetime.

The book trailer summarizes the ideas behind the stories beautifully.


Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?

My last 2 novels were very successful, bestselling psychological thrillers – In the Shadows of Death (2015) and The Colours of Passion (2017). However, both these thrillers had powerful love stories at the core which my readers appreciated.

Going back a few years, I won the Monsoon Romance Contest (2014, Sulekha.com) for a love story ‘The Girl of My Monsoons’ which was later adapted into my novella ‘Nargis Through my Summers’. I wrote more romantic short stories in ‘Loves Lost’. These stories continue to remain some of my most appreciated works. These were later compiled into an anthology called ‘Romance Shorts’ and released in paperback.

But most of those stories were dark, dealing with themes such as heartbreak, betrayal, adultery.


I wanted to write happier stories. Stories that reinforce our faith in love. Stories that make us realize that life is beautiful. The world around us is beautiful. We have families that stand by us. We do find love that stays with us through thick and thin. And I felt that it is important to tell these stories. Especially in these times of hatred, strife, intolerance, and violence.

Also, as an author, it is important for me to push the envelope and continuously challenge myself. So, while I gained recognition as a thriller writer, this series is a very entertaining and refreshing change, which I am certain my readers will love.


Q. What has been your biggest achievement?

I am thankful to my readers for all the love they have showered on me. As an author, that is my biggest achievement.

My books have received accolades from readers, book critics and the mainstream national media, the most prominent among them being The Times of India, The Hindu, Business Standard, The New Indian Express, The Statesman, Punjab Tribune, Yahoo India News, Zee News, The Free Press Journal, Absolute India Tabloid, Go-Getter, the Go-Air in-flight magazine, and Shubh Yatra, the Air India in-flight magazine. My books are among the top sellers in online stores like Amazon, mobile platforms like Juggernaut and leading bookstores across the country like Story, Starmark and Crossword.


‘The Colours of Passion’ was long-listed in WordToScreen 2018, Mumbai International Film Festival 2018, conducted by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI). It was among Top 10 New Arrivals in Starmark outlets across the country for the month of its release. MyBookPick.com rated the book among top thrillers by Indian authors in 2017.

An eminent blogging site called ‘In the Shadows of Death’ one of the 6 books that broke stereotypes in 2015, and MyBookPick.com rated the book among top thrillers by Indian authors in 2015.

Romance Shorts has also been highly appreciated by readers and bloggers across the nation. It has been rated among the top 10 unconventional love stories by contemporary authors by a blogging site and was ranked at #4 among popular romantic books in an online poll conducted by Salismania.com.

I have participated in and my books have been featured in the Lit Fest and Book Fair as part of Antaragni, the annual Fest of IIT Kanpur (2016), the Supernatural Literary Festival, Kolkata (2017), the Tri-Series Debate organized by Rotary Club, Kolkata on International Women’s Day (2017) and the World Book Fair, Delhi.


Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

I believe it is important to create real, identifiable characters in a story. Correct use of the language is essential, and so is the flow of the narrative. An author should ensure that a story progresses at a uniform pace – a story that slows down after an energetic start is a big let down. Finally, it is important to create an impactful storyline that readers can relate to.

Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

From my early days in 2014 when my work started getting published till now, I have maintained a regular, consistent, and extremely interactive presence in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. My website www.sourabhmukherjee.com also enjoys a good deal of footfalls. I am also thankful to forums such as yours for helping me reach out to my readers.


Q. Favorite novel?

I have different favourites depending on the genre. When it comes to romance, my favourites are Eric Segal’s “Love Story”, John Green’s “The Fault in our Stars” and Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook”.

Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

Not many people know that I have sung on stage in college and through the early years of my professional life without getting anything hurled at me from the audience.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

I think you are doing a phenomenal job in promoting Literature. This is a great platform for authors and for readers to discover them and their works. Publishers are now willing to experiment with new talent, and these are great times for authors. And I see Salis Mania growing from strength to strength as you provide authors with a platform to reach out to their readers and share their views and opinions. My best wishes to the entire Salis Mania team.

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