Adite Banerjie needs no introduction – writer, author, screenwriter, and a passionate individual. I have always enjoyed her books and her latest book No Safe Zone brought out the patriot in me – read the inspired words here.
She won the Harlequin Short Story Contest – 2012 Passions Aspiring Authors Contest and there was no looking back with The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal which was followed by Trouble Has a New Name was released in 2014.
Along with her exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she found the time to indulge her passion for Bollywood romances, M&Bs and her love for fiction. She turned Harlequin author after winning a short story contest and her third title (romantic-suspense), No Safe Zone, is a hot best seller in romance available across retailers and formats.
Welcome to the Eloquent Articulation, ADITE BANERJIE.
Hi, Indy. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog. 🙂
- When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
I’d always read voraciously through my school and college days but the writing didn’t quite figure as a ‘career option’. However, after I finished college I was at a loose end and had more than enough time to kill. So when I came across an ad for a diploma course in journalism it perked my interest. And I applied for it. It was one of those happy accidents that have occasionally happened in my life. I simply fell in love with the entire business of journalism, writing and editing. Creative writing would happen later on—yet again a happy accident!—but the course was what got me started on a life-long love for writing.
- Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative.
I wanted to study management. But when I gave my dad the brochures for Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, he said there was no way he would finance my education. ‘Choose something that I can afford!’ and that was the end of discussion. And then I came across the journalism course and never regretted my decision. Strangely enough, when I got into business writing, I got my opportunity to satisfy my desire to learn about management practices and theories.
I love to travel. And I have been fortunate enough to visit some very interesting places. One of the most beautiful places I have visited was Bled in Slovenia. While the name seems to be something out of a horror novel, nothing could be further from the truth. It is truly like a fairyland in a Disney movie.
Even today I would give up writing in a heartbeat and become a dog trainer/handler.
- How important are names of the characters in your books? Do you choose the names etc based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I love the whole process of finding names for my characters. I like the names of my characters (specially my heroines) to be unusual and yet familiar. If it has a meaning that resonates with the character’s personality, so much the better. For instance, the name Kiara has two meanings: in some cultures it means “bright” and in others (including Indian) it means the ‘dusky one’. It kind of fit my protagonist to a T – because her life has a dark side to it and yet she is a very positive, bright young woman. To make the name stand out, I spelt it with a “Q” rather than a K.
Google offers a ton of sites for baby names and I find myself wasting a lot of time on these sites! 🙂
- How do you think ADITE BANERJIE has evolved creatively? If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
There are a lot of books that I love and I wish I had written them. But realistically speaking, that’s neither possible nor even desirable. Admiring someone’s work is great but if you try to emulate someone else you might end up losing your own voice and style. Personally speaking, I love to explore different themes, subjects and draw much of my inspiration from movies. I like to write simply, without drawing attention to the language. Rather, I prefer readers to be lost in the story world. Every new work is a new experience that hopefully helps me evolve as a writer and make my stories a little more layered. At least that’s my effort…it’s for readers to judge if I have been able to do that.
- Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?
Publishing is at a crossroads. The publishing business model as it exists right now is unsustainable. The dependence on a few “brand name” authors has created a scenario where new writers and talent are not being given enough space and opportunity to grow. In the absence of promotion of new talent and new kinds of writing, publishing only celebrates certain kinds of mainstream fiction. This affects both writers as well as readers who are being deprived from new kinds of writing. I really don’t know what the answer to this problem is, but perhaps one of the things that might help is a proliferation of libraries and book clubs where readers could have the opportunity to sample different kinds of writing.
- How can readers discover more about you and your work?
You can find ADITE BANERJIE at :
On my website: http://aditebanerjie.com
On Facebook: https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter
On Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/adite
On Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/aditescreenwriter
On Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/aditebanerjie
It was a pleasure getting to know you better, Adite. My best wishes for your future books and congratulations for a super book. Many more- keep writing.