Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I am Joyita Basak. I am 22.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from Kolkata, India.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a final year student of B-tech CSE .I am the blogger behind itsmycopyright.com. Currently I am interning with ISRO and wish to fulfil my dreams of visiting NASA one day. Fashion Designer, influencer and blogger, I have maintained to follow my passion in between my study curriculum. I have my own painting gallery online. Painting is one of my inspirations to stay elated.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on a script of a film and another story based on my city of love, Kolkata.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Being born and brought up in a Bengali family, I have seen my mother’s poetic journey. I have been a fan of literature from early childhood days and started reading books of different genres. When I was 7, I wrote my first story and my family members appreciated that. So I started writing more and more to express myself to my readers.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my short stories in school magazine and every teachers appraised me for my skills and after expressing my thoughts, I considered myself as a writer. I started blogging back in 2015 and I have collaborated with few literature festivals as blogger throughout the year. Then I started writing this story.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I have been reading every romantic stories by Nicholas Sparks for last few years and the story “Message in a Bottle” inspired me to write my first book. I thought I could also state my thoughts to the world.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
After finishing my book, I couldn’t come up with a good title, then one of my friends referred the title “I STILL LOVE YOU”. The story is truly based on love and sarcasm and the climax is totally portrayed on this title. So I loved the idea of keeping this as final one.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t have any specific writing style but I always prefer plotting the story first then thinking about the characters, lastly writing down the whole story chapter-wise.
I find thriller story particularly challenging as the way of expressing thrillers is much difficult.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have been inspired from the very realistic experiences I have felt. From the school days, I had crush on someone, and my love life started with a bang It has really been a part of this story. When I started writing this book, I have included the experience I had faced through my life so that the book can be much more realistic to my readers.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, but I read lots of stories to enhance my writing skills before the process.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publication manager Saakshi Kaushal helped me designing the cover of my debut book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, a whole story full of love and sarcasm and a decent message for my readers.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I love the stories of Paulo Coelho, his story “Alchemist” has so much positive vibes for the journey to the serene beauty of earth. There’s more to it, I love thrillers too, Agatha Christie’s novels are so superior.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends from my college have supported my writing from the beginning and they have helped me to grow myself. If I have to name one, It would be Kaushik, he has always inspired me to write a book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I have already worked with few renowned literature festivals of Kolkata as official blogger and I am currently interning with a media house Union Journalism. So I see writing as my future career so that I can express my world across the globe.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would love to change few chapters from my book so that it can be more interesting for my readers.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I learnt the art of professional writing while writing this book. I have improved the skills of writing through the daily doses of story portraying.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would like Chris Evans and Scarlett Johanson to play the lead.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Pen down whatever you think, read a lot, get inspiration from everywhere and live your life!!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Read the book and give reviews so that I can improve my writing in future.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I read the book “The Room on the Roof “by Ruskin Bond when I was 6.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
An “adda” with friends makes me laugh anytime. Revisting the same places again and again with them makes me feel happy.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet my boyfriend very soon, I am really missing him. He has been a constant part of my life for last few years.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, Painting is my favourite hobby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love watching thrillers. I love binge-watching thrilling series in Netflix. My recent favourite series is “Bodyguard”.
I am a Potter fan too, Rowling’s creative story made me fall in love with the magical glory of the trio, Potter, Weasley and Hermione at Hogwarts.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love continental food and my favourite color is Black and I am a classical music fan.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would continue with my engineering work as Programmer Analyst in Cognizant.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would write a poem and paint in a canvas.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Armen Pogharian said:
Congratulations on releasing your novel. You’ve achieved so much in such a short time. I wish you the best of luck for even more success.