Welcome to our first author interview. Today we have Sanghamitra Dasgupta. You can find her Amazon page link in the interview below, and also at the bottom. Stop by her page, check her out and maybe buy a book or two. Let’s support her!
Little Books and Hobbies
Author interview with: Sanghamitra Dasgupta
NAME: Sanghamitra Dasgupta
PUBLISHED TITLES: Mac, The artbook of Sanghamitra Dasgupta, Johny’s holiday vibes activity and coloring book, Brian the kid
SHORT BIO:I am a comic artist with 26 years of cartoon sketching.i am also innovative and highly creative who is good at thinking out of box when it comes to solve the problem. Mac is my very first book as an author. As a child i always very fond of ghost stories,so i thought to use my imagination and make a cute little ghost for the kids,and here it is,the “Mac” and the second book- “The art of Sanghamitra Dasgupta” it is a book of my most favourite concept arts which i did. After that i wrote Brian,and Johny’s holiday vibes.
Q: Where are you from (City, State)?
A:I am from Kolkata,India
Q: How long have you been writing?
A:As i said i am an illustrator since 26years,and i am writing for last 1years for some school magazines,kids magazines.
Q: What were your goals prior to writing? How did you becoming an author happen?
A: My prior goals were always writing something exciting and new for kids,where they can learn via the stories,or activities.. Different learning is my aim. And i have this dream since my childhood. So one day i thought to start my writing… And from the very begining The story of “Mac”came into my mind..
Q: What genre(s) do you write? Why?
A: My genre(s) always for kids,and arts.
Q: Did/do you self publish or traditionally publish? What was attractive about this option?
A: My four books were self published. As i said I always thought for self depend. So being a self publisher you have options to choose.
Q: Are you a full-time author? If not, do aspire to be?
A: I am a full time illustrator and part time author. Yes i want to be a full time author.But due to high load of work,it seems impossible for now.
Q: How many books have you published?
A:. I have published already 4 books.
Q: When did you publish (first book title)?
A:I wrote and create last year,but i published my first book this March 2018.
Q: How did the publishing process differ from (first book title) to that of your current book?
A:As a first publishing its obvious you are facing problems with the procedure,pagesize,gutter size,resolution,but once you are used to it became easy.
Q: What is one thing you wish you had done differently during the process of publishing your first book?
A: First i thought about some charecters,which could be easily catch by kids,then i thought a story where i can include and also in that manner so that it could be a lesson teaching story.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: My alltime favourite is- Rudyard Kripling & Bram Stoker
Q What book or books have influenced you as an author?
A: Jungle book, Count Dracula.
Q: What is your writing process?(time spent writing, planning, performance goals)
A: As i said,first i make some quick rough charecter concept,then i plan on a basic story concept,After that i put my charecters and modify the story panel,after that i start finally writing the story,and also teh illustration of the charecters.
Q: Do you write each day?
A:No. I dont write each day.
Q: How do you set your writing mood? Is there a routine you follow?
A: I basically try to write and think,when i saw or read something interesting,and my mind started to think,if i can make a charecter or the story could be like that and all.
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: I usually write a book upto 1-2month
Q: Do you prefer paperback, hardback, or eBooks (reading and writing)? Why?
A: I prefer paperback and ebook
Q: Who would your dream co-author be? Why?
A:I am new in this field,so yes being a co-author is a very one..But i would like to be a co-author with my idols or icons whatever you can say,and they are Barack Obama & Michelle Obama. I would love to be a part of their books as a co-author/illustrator.
Q: What will be your next book release?
A: Currently i am running into lot,so yes next book will be like in the winter’18 or early’19
Q: What are some of your goals outside of writing?
A:Outside of writing i am doing illustrations for various kids magazines,academy at the beach, and also an organization fellow of Obama foundation.
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
A: Never get demoralised if your first book is not responding good,always think to do more better. Just make a plan and work on that,a step by step procedure may help you to bring out the best of your book. Think about different topics,and how you can make a change on that. Every person loves a different point of view books.