Silent Fires by Poojitha Prasad is a mystery thriller set around a hotshot celebrity Arun and his wife, Shravya’s, sudden disappearance. It also takes into account the lives of two brothers – Ashish and Manav – who are poles apart. Several theories are put on the table, many people involved, dynamics of relationships explored along with touching surfaces of existing gender biases.
In a conversation with Bookish Fame, Poojitha Prasad talks about her book, her writing, her thoughts on being an author, and her future plans. Have a look here.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi, I am Poojitha and I am a writer, filmmaker and photographer. I love telling interesting stories through words, films and pictures. My films have travelled to film festivals across the world.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
My mother is a Kannada writer who has penned sixteen books. Ever since I was little, I imitated her. Sitting with a pen and paper came naturally to me. I started writing full-fledged stories by the time I was ten.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Gathering people’s attention and throwing new perspectives at them is what makes me tell stories. The things that catch my attention are little details about people, the grey between the black and white of life.
- Tell me something in brief about your book? How long did it take you to write it?
The story was originally a web-series script, which is going on floors this year. During the lockdown, I thought it would be fun to put the script into a book for those of us who prefer a book over a film.
- What were some of the challenges while writing and publishing your book?
Writing the book during the lockdown was the biggest challenge. There was no question of stepping out to catch some fresh air, to recycle my thoughts. But in a way, it was also a blessing because there were no distractions.
- Do you have a set routine for writing or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
Managing writing and filmmaking with a toddler at home isn’t easy. I would literally squeeze in a page or two during his naps.
- How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
Being a storyteller lets you slip into other people’s shoes and for that reason, most writers are more empathetic people with a rounded view of life.
- What was one of the most surprising and interesting things you learned while creating your book?
People adapt books to movies all the time. Adapting the film script to this book gave me so much more insight into my characters and I felt I got to know them so much better. Books bring out the little important details.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
My favourite authors range from Enid Blyton to JK Rowling to Gillian Flynn.
- According to you, how the landscape of reading changed over the years? Do you think reading books is still in vogue?
Most people want instant gratification now. It’s easier to find quick gratification through films, shows and videos now. Nevertheless, books can offer a deeper level of gratification so it has its own special set of audience, ones who are more patient, present and imaginative.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
My advice to aspiring writers is very simple – just start writing. Write at the same time every day. It doesn’t matter when you are in a mood or not. Just commit to writing a page or two every day.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Silent Fires is going to release as a web series by the end of this year. I am currently working on this. I am also working on my second book as well. And yes, that is also going to be a film.
*We wish Author Poojitha Prasad all the best for her future endeavours.*