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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Author Interview : Anusha Subramanian, author of 'Never Gone'
Read up, Interview
with Anusha Subramanian, author of ‘Never Gone’. In
this interview, she tells us, how the entire book came about, what gave her the idea of 'after death letter' element, how she
relates the lives of her characters to lives
today, the most challenging part of the story, which character she felt
most close to, what she thought was different about her book, the next
book she has planned and much more, Folks…
‘Never Gone’ happen? Could you describe the journey?
actually a funny story how it happened. I had
written a blog post on how it was to deal with the death of a classmate and how
we take the time we have for granted.
saw it and offered me a book – based on that article. Obviously, I was beyond
elated! It was literally a dream come true!
What about the ‘after
death letter’ element? What gave you the idea?
It’s something that
has always been in the back of my mind but I never had an opportunity to fit it
into anything I’ve written so far.
So, when I was
offered this book, it just seemed to fit perfectly into the idea of the book
and I could build my entire plot around it.
according to you is different about your book?
I think it’s a very, very honest book in the sense that I haven’t
tried to sugar coat anything. And also I think the characters are extremely relate-able and very true to themselves.
that my readers will identify with at least one (if not more) of the characters!
How would you
relate the lives of characters to the lives of ‘teens at school’ today? Any
endless similarities! The entire book is
modelled on the lives of the teens at school today! All the challenges, the
social pressures, the future worries, the friendships, the relationships – they
are all as real in today’s times, as they are in the book.
What was the
most challenging part about writing ‘Never Gone’?
characters right. I wanted them absolutely
perfect and I planned each one out, created backstories, little quirks, little
traits – some of them not even mentioned in the book – to ensure that I do them
justice in the book. I wouldn’t write unless I was in the right head-space to
channel the character I was writing about.
particular character did you feel most close to? Why?
There is literally a part of me in each and every one of them! I relate
to Ananya and her flair for dramatics, I relate to Veera and her need to always
I relate to
Siddharth’s constant inner battles, to the labels that Kavya has pinned on her,
to Nikhil’s feeling of not fitting in, to Aslesha’s need to be liked, to
Mahir’s hopelessness and to Aakash’s crushing regrets. I just relate to all of them.
Who was it that
told you that you could become the author, you are today?
No one. I decided for myself that I wanted to be one – I’m lucky that I
had my dad there to see how being an author really was –and I’m lucky enough that I was able to
realize this dream.
When will you
next book be out?
absolutely no clue. The best part of being
this age is that I get to decide what I want to write and when.
HP and Friends
Who are your favourite
authors and why?
I love JK Rowling (of
course), because my entire childhood was filled with Harry Potter and HP has given me many life-long friends.
I’m an IB
student which means I really don’t have a life XD. No just kidding, it’s not that bad. I love reading and spending
time with friends – going out, parties, binge watching TV shows etc. Normal
What advice do you have
for the young writers like yourself?
Just write! But always be true to yourself while writing because if you don’t
believe in what you write, then you shouldn’t be writing in the first place.