"I have been penning down verses as a way of expressing myself" - Anurag Shourie



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anurag Shourie is a poet at heart, a writer in the making, and an anesthesiologist by default. He is the author of Half a Shadow - India's first Medical thriller. He has degrees in medicine and management in his kit, but love for the written word in his soul. An ardent Ruskin Bond fan, his hobbies include music and sports which he pursues with equal fervor. He is presently employed with a multinational Clinical Research Organization.

INTERVIEW:

Q. Characterize yourself in one word?

Dreamer.

Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

A haunting saga of- unbridled lust, unrequited love, unprecedented mayhem, and unfinished lives…

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

‘Half a Shadow’ is my debut novel. I have always been smitten by the written word, poetry being my first love. Since my school days, I have been penning down verses, more as a way of expressing myself than as part of an endeavor to get published.

Q. What was the time frame for writing this book? Tell us an interesting detail or two, if applicable. For example, did you finish the first draft after one week?

It took me almost 5 years to finish my book as there was no time frame in my mind. My work involved a lot of research and the various jigsaw puzzles in my story took a long time to fall into place.

During the initial phase of scripting my book, the plot hovered around the tale of identical twins. On being reminded by a close friend that my story resembled ‘Madhumati’, a movie I have never seen, I was forced to make major changes to the plot.

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

I just kept writing and writing and writing… and yes, I did not let the conviction that I had about my book wither away. This was a story that I had to tell.

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

To be honest, I had no idea that an author had to be very good at marketing also. Apart from the usual actions involved in book promotion, I was informed that I was supposed to make my presence felt in social media- Facebook to be precise. In order to stand out amongst the crowd, I decided to make my existence sensed in a subtle way and try to desist from ‘in your face marketing’- easier said than done.

All I had at my disposal was a collection of poems that I had written a long time ago. I started sharing them on various pages. Encouraged by the appreciation that followed, I set up my blog - ‘The Voiceless Soliloquy’ and started writing serious poetry again.

Today, four months down the lane, my novel has been published and my blog, where I share my poetic expressions, is also doing well. I feel lucky to have been blessed with 2 newborns- one that I had been planning for, for the past 5 years, and the other, an unplanned baby (my blog) - but equally welcome.

Q. Favorite novel?

‘Lust for Life’ by Irving Stone- a biography of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. This book taught me that ‘from out of pain, beauty’.

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

I am a pretty decent singer; intend to release a single by next year.

Q. What’s next?

Another ‘Mytho-medical’ thriller with Gothic overtures, maybe. One cannot proclaim to be an author by penning down a single book – ‘one swallow does not a summer make’.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

SALISMANIA.com has a bright future. It is a team of professionals led by a young and dynamic leader. I may sound old fashioned but I would love to see a hard copy of the magazine in every household (well, almost every).

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