Anushree Saha is an avid reader and writer from Mumbai, who believes herself to be a Philomath– a lover of learning. She loves to journal, paint, travel, seek adventure and delve into deep conversations. She is a freelancer, book blogger, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science.
She was a part of the Social Service League Secretariat and also holds a Black belt in Taekwondo martial arts. She has held a number of leadership positions throughout her journey. She is someone who wishes to bring about a change in this world!
Her recently published poetry book is called Duende and her poems have been previously published in anthologies such as Carnations, Beyond Life, Anika and Little Love notes. Also an Amazon Verified Influencer, you can explore her bookish world further @mywordbubble on Instagram and https://linktr.ee/MyWordBubble
1. Hi Anushree, congrats for being a part of the Blogchatter Thriller anthology. Your story is one of the favorite stories in this anthology. Are you also a Thriller lover as a reader?
Hi! Thank you so much. I’m extremely grateful and overwhelmed by the positive response to my story in Blogchatter Anthology. I did not expect that it will become a favorite for so many. Yes, I love crime and mystery thrillers especially those with unique plot lines which keep the reader on the edge.
2. The Dactyist– How did this plot come to your mind? Any real-life experience encouraged you to write this story?
I have always been fascinated by fingerprints myself. Not a gruesome real-life experience but I believe, it started with collecting the fingerprints of my family members for my younger sister’s baby book. Then the plot just developed around this idea.
3. How many days did it take you to write this story? Do you know any fingerprint specialist or forensic expert who encouraged you to write on such a different thriller?
It took me around 3 days with the final edits. I do not know anyone personally but I think investigation and forensic movies, books and characters, that I have ever watched or read about, have played an important role in shaping the skeleton of the story. Dr. Salunkhe from C.I.D was the OG forensic inspiration for all, isn’t it? Haha.
4. What are the elements of thriller you consider a must for every thriller story?
Unique plotline, fast paced story, twists to keep the reader hooked, creepy elements to keep up the thrill factor and mind games to keep the reader guessing. The most important aspect for me is to write a narrative that has never been written before and write something that I would enjoy as an avid reader myself. I try to observe my writing from the lens of a book blogger, which I am.
5. How did writing come into your life?
Writing has always been a part of my life since childhood, thanks to my parents, who encouraged me to write. I still have the old poetry and story books which I had written in school and college. Although, I gravitate towards writing poetry, this is my first published prose thriller and I’m glad that I got out of my comfort zone. I have a published poetry book called – Duende and multiple poems published in anthologies as well.
6. What tips do you wish to give to budding authors?
Keep writing. No matter what. Once you start penning down your thoughts, the stories start building itself. Observe things around you and take inspiration from your surroundings. The paramount habit to inculcate would be to read. Read as much as possible, to write better. The more you read, the more you will understand what is good writing, what isn’t and which elements you want in your story.
7. Who is your favorite thriller author?
I love books by Agatha Christie, Harlan Coben, Ravi Subramanian, Ashwin Sanghi and Dan Brown, to name a few.
8. What are your other passions in life?
I am passionate about reading, journaling, painting, sketching, dancing, music, writing poetry, travelling, adventure sports and learning about everything. I consider myself a philomath- a lover of learning.
9. Is thriller your first love in writing or is it different? What genre of writing do you love the most and why?
As you must have guessed by now, poetry is my first love. That is something that comes naturally to me. I love writing poems because they are concise, packed with creativity in a few words and force the reader to contemplate on certain issues. My poems are generally societal and issue based, which I wish can change the world, even if only in a small way.
10. How do you rate yourself as a writer?
Let’s just say, there is always scope for improvement. I shall leave the rating for the readers to decide!