ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sourabh Mukherjee works in a senior leadership position in a leading consulting and technology services firm. He has several publications and blogs on emerging trends in business and technology and has spoken in a number of national and global conferences and technology summits.
He has penned several short stories and was the recipient of the Global Pen award in Monsoon Romance Contest 2014. His debut novel In the Shadows of Death has won accolades from readers, reviewers, and the national media.
Mukherjee loves traveling and is a keen observer of human behavior and cultural diversities. He is an avid reader of fiction and is passionate about photography, movies, and music.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
Romance Shorts is a collection of four contemporary romantic short stories. The stories bring out the various emotions associated with love – pain, agony, jealousy, longing, and bliss. The stories go beyond conventional ‘happily-ever-after’ endings and every story ends with a twist. The book is a quick read with hopefully a lasting impact. The length of the book is appropriate for reading in transit, during a lunch break at work or while waiting for a flight.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I have never really written for a purpose – it is just something I love to do. In my early childhood, I would spend hours writing, as well as making illustrations for my own stories. A number of my poems were published in children’s magazines back in the day. I continued to write through my teenage and later in college.
I kept writing in office magazines for a couple of years, but the demands of my career as an Information Technology professional and my travels across the world soon left me with very little time and creative energy to write fiction. I started churning out technical white papers and non-fictional articles that got published in business and technology journals of repute.
However, as I traveled the world, I grew as a person getting to observe people from widely varying cultural backgrounds and to study their emotions, their thoughts, their behavior from various perspectives. And stories began to grow all over again.
I started my fiction writing career with the popular e-books Nargis Through my Summers and Loves Lost. My psychological thriller In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller released last year by Srishti Publishers has been receiving accolades from readers, book critics, and the mainstream national media. Nargis Through my Summers and Loves Lost are now released in paperback as Romance Shorts. My short stories in various genres were also published in international e-magazines like Under the Bed, e-Fiction, and Romance. I won the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest organized by Sulekha.com in 2014, which came as a huge motivation.
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?
I finished writing Nargis Through my Summers in one seating. The stories of Loves Lost were written over a period of one month. My wife, Moumita, got to read the first draft of the manuscript as usual and provided her valuable inputs, especially for the stories Memories and Love Came Calling Again.
Q. Your debut book was a Thriller then why did you shift to Romance?
The way I look at this is, I write only about human relationships. The many ways in which they unravel and manifest themselves end up creating stories that sometimes excite us, scare us, or make us sad - leading to the corresponding categorization of the stories into genres like Romance, Horror, Drama or Thriller. But, it's always the complicated and unpredictable human nature at the core of everything.
When I look at the feedback I have received so far for, In the Shadows of Death, a large number of readers have been touched by the underlying element of tragedy in the story. That ‘thriller’ is also primarily about our inner devils destroying relationships we value.
Q. How did you market your latest book? Any new strategy that you may share with us?
I am trying to build a strong word-of-mouth about the unconventional stories in the book through online promotion – book reviews, blogs, and banners. There is a launch event planned in September.
Q. What will you do if you won the Best Author of the Year award at SALISMANIA.com Awards?
That will be a huge motivation!
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
In fact, a number of my colleagues were surprised when I started writing fiction, in parallel with my busy and demanding profession. Writing is a passion that actually allows me to unwind. Sometimes, stories have grown from thoughts I pen down at airport lounges or on long flights during my business travels. I believe if you are really passionate about something, you end up finding time for chasing your dreams.
Q. What’s next?
I am currently working on the next Agni Mitra thriller 'The Colours of Passion' which would be released by Srishti shortly.
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 upcoming 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 budding authors. And I see Salis Mania growing from strength to strength as you provide new authors with a platform to reach out to their readers and share their views and opinions. My best wishes to the team at Salis Mania!