Guitar Girl Interview
As part of the b00k r3vi3w Tours book tour circuit, I am featuring The Guitar Girl by Aniesha Brahma. Being a guitar girl myself, I can totally relate! A review that I conducted with the author follows:
- Give us a short synopsis of your book.The Guitar Girl is the story of sixteen year old Rhea Shah, who begins to crush on her brother’s best friend, Joy Fernandez. As the story progresses, she finds that she is unable to tell him the truth but at the same time, she faces pressure to confess before things go from bad to worse 🙂
- How did you research your story before you began writing your book?I read the diaries I used to write as a sixteen year old. And among all those pages, I found the very lost and confused teenager I had been. Writing Rhea was my chance at making all the things I had got wrong as a teen, right.
- How were you inspired to write this story?Like I mentioned before, my journals helped me develop the story. With just enough tweaks to make Rhea a teen in 2012-2013.
- What advice can you offer other authors?The job of the writer is to be writing. No matter what happens, you cannot give up. So, drink your cup of tea (coffee, milk shake – whatever you prefer) and get to work.
- Who designed your book cover?Kindle 😉 They had the perfect cover for the book and I decided to use it.
- Are you working on other projects?Yes. I am currently working on a story called Girl Code, the initial chapters for which are up on fictionpress.com, under the penname AnnieStoryTeller.
- What is your favorite genre?Although it is not considered a genre, more like an age group: Young Adult.
- Who is your publisher? Can you tell us about your publishing experience?For The Guitar Girl, I am using the services of Kindle Direct Publishing. Before this General Press had published my debut novel. I decided to go indie on this book because no one wanted to take on this project, and I thought I could read a larger audience with the help of KDP :))
- What is your favorite quote?”Never give up on the one thing that you cannot go a day without thinking about.” ~ Anonymous.
- Tell us about the characters in your book? How did you come up with the setting?The characters in the book are very much like the teenagers I’ve met in real life or come across. The are believable and act like normal teenagers. They are not blessed with super powers nor do they live in alternate universes. The setting was real life. I wanted to tell a story set in our very real life which would make one feel good.
Sixteen year old Rhea Shah never thought that she would find herself falling for her brother’s best friend, Joy Fernandez, when they come home from college. Because she never thought that the dork who used to go to school with them would suddenly reinvent himself in college.
The only people she’s able to talk to about her absurd crush, are her best friends, Sophie and Arjav. Both of whom at first encourage, and then almost blackmail, Rhea to confess her feelings, which leaves the poor girl more muddled than ever!
Plagued with upcoming Board Examinations along with her friends’ suggestions, Rhea finds it difficult to concentrate, because she’s fallen for Joy, hook, line and sinker. In an attempt to vent to her feelings, she begins a blog, where she publishes all her songs and poems, dedicated to Joy, keeping her identity a secret.
But things do not go quite how she planned when a certain blogger named J. Fern begins to read her blog, and wishes to work with her…
Will Rhea ever confess her feelings to Joy? And will Joy find out the real identity of The Guitar Girl?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aniesha Brahma has loved writing since the age of six. She was schooled in Dolna Day School, and then pursued BA honors in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, where she went on to complete her MA in the same. Currently, she’s pursuing MPhil in Comparative Literature from the same place. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing with her favorite pet, Pippo the cat, (and other kittens too), traveling and blogging.She has written innumerable short stories and poems, most of which can be found on her blog and in various magazines and newsletters. Her debut novel was, The Secret Proposal, published by General Press in September 2012. She won the Editor’s Pick for Romance genre in the IndiReads Second Short Story Competition, and her story The Difference, was subsequently published in the anthology, Voices, Old & New. She has interned with www.womanistan.com and www.zapondo.com, as their content writer. She has volunteered at Hope Foundation, Kolkata, teaching the children who attend the Chetla Lock Gate Coaching Center. Aniesha also had a brief stint as a writer for the Kolkata-based travel magazine, Touriosity.
twitter handle: @aniesha0912
facebook page: Aniesha’s Musings: https://www.facebook.com/AnieshaBlog?fref=ts
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