Novoneel Chakraborty – The New Indian Express

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What prompted you to write Whisper to Me Your Lies around a serial killer?

I’ve been planning on getting into the crime thriller genre for quite some time now. And thought to approach the genre with a serial killer story that has a twisted emotional core. In general, I like that my novels have some character development in relation to the plot. I did the same in this one too.

What kind of research went into this book about loneliness?

It’s a fictional tale that I knitted. However, during my research I read articles about real serial killers, watched movies based on real murders, because I wanted to know the modus operandi used by serial killers.

Your books are fast. How much time do you spend on a book?

The physical writing part takes about three to four months, but knitting everything in my mind and in my notebook takes about a year for each book. It is only when I think I am ready in my mind that I sit down to write it down.

Tell us about your books that have been adapted for web shows?

My Stranger Trilogy has been adapted into a web series on the OTT platform, MX Player. It was well received with over 450 million hits. Black Suits You was adapted for a hit series on Alt Balaji. Few others are in the development phase, for series and films.

Has the pandemic or containment affected you as a writer?

Even though people think writers just need a space to write, which is invariably her home, during the pandemic, knowing that I won’t be able to get out much, I kind of played with my mind. It slowed down my writing process for a few months. But, being a writer, the virtues of patience, help and will always come in handy. The pandemic was no different in that sense when it came to writing.

Have you read something in the recent past that stuck with you?

This would be Murakami’s short story collection, Men Without Women.

Your advice for a newcomer?

Always focus on your writing, not the fame. Don’t be rigid in your conclusions.

And after?

Writing the sequel to one of my first novels at the moment.

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