Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu currently a Government Employee, believes that the world of books is magical. She is passionate about reading and loves to pen down her emotions. She is interested in content creation and exploring ways to hone her writing skills. She aims to keep writing quality articles, be it fiction or non-fiction that can engage her readers and give them wings of imagination.
She has authored her first book which is a collection of short stories titled Five Petals available on Amazon as an e- book. She has written her first poetry book titled Heartfelt Symphonies which is available on the Ukiyoto Publishers website, Amazon, and Flipkart. She published her third book a collection of twenty-six short stories titled Traces & Memoirs; Stories of You and Me which is available on the Notion Press website, Amazon and Flipkart as well. She blogs at chinmayeecreations.wordpress.com.
1-Hi Chinmayee, congratulations for your published story in the Blogchatter Thriller anthology. How do you feel being a part of this wonderful anthology?
Ans- Thank you so much. It really humbles me to be part of this Anthology of Blogchatter and to share the platform with such well known authors. It is indeed like a dream come true!
2. The Encounter – How did this plot come to your mind and how much time did you need to complete the first draft of the story?
Ans- To be honest, I did struggle a lot while drafting the story. Till the last moment of submission, I was unable to write a story with which I could be satisfied and send it for submission. I had almost given up on it when at night I saw a blurry vision of the story in my dream or nightmare whatever one can say and I wrote it the next day.
3. What are the elements of thriller that attracted you to pen this story?
Ans- The liberty with which the Author can make the readers get goosebumps and add on the mystery elements till the very last of the story is what challenged me to write this particular story.
4. Are you a fan of Bollywood action films? Your story can be a good film script for a Bollywood thriller.
Thanks a ton for this thought! I will take it as a great compliment. Yes, I love Bollywood movies but I do not restrict myself to any specific genres and sometimes my mood decides which movie I enjoy to the maximum.
5. How and when did you step into the world of writing for the first time?
I was personally going through a very rough patch during which I turned to the world of blogging to express my sentiments. Writing helped me breath during times which I felt suffocated and in a way not only did help me regain my balance but it did open the door to a whole new world and connected me with a wonderful writing community!
6. What tips do you wish to give to budding authors?
I think to believe in their own strength and most importantly enjoying the process of writing can help who are just starting out because writing is indeed a lonely job. And yes, instant need of validation should never be the goal is what I believe is a must to create quality content.
7. Who is your favourite thriller author?
There are many and it is difficult to point out a particular Author. However, I had read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier a long time ago and it had a great impact on me.
8. What are your other passions in life?
I love painting a lot and it calms my mind when I am feeling chaotic.
9. Other than thrillers, what other genres you will love to write in the coming time?
I love writing romance and it is something in which I want to excel more. Apart from that mythological fiction is something that I want to venture into.
10. How do you rate yourself as a writer?
I am an amateur in my mind and there is a long way to go both in terms of reading and writing to hone my skills.