About Angandeep Kr. Chatterjee:
Angandeep Kr. Chatterjee’s debut novel ‘The First year Fiasco’ was released in July 2022, featuring the start of the detective series by Cleverfox Publishing. An IT professional by day and Novelist by night, he is working on his detective series, along with short stories of different tastes and genres. Born and brought up and currently residing in Kolkata, India, with his family, he likes to read books and travel a lot.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Angandeep: The book and the plot has many levels on itself. On one hand, it’s the story of a girl who joins a residential Engineering college and experiences freedom for the first time. There she meets a fellow student, who is mysterious as well as intriguing for her. She starts balancing her life with studies while enjoying the college and hostel life in the small town away from her family.
Now, on the other hand, things spiral out of control when students start disappearing from college and a professor is found dead. Everything was fine, until she stumbles upon something she never should have. And that starts a chain of events that leads to dangerous levels for her as well as the whole college itself.
In a way, the story is both fun with the details about college life, hostel, freedom and life. But on the other side, this story gives the readers a taste of mystery, suspense and thriller at the same time.
Being a voracious reader, I found there was a gap in the industry where college life and suspense have not been fused together. The teens and young adults nowadays don’t have that many new contents which they can relate to.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Angandeep: This story highlights the first year inside a residential Engineering college. It shows the college life, the hostel life along with murders and mysteries attached to it. From the point of view of the protagonist, this was a Fiasco and it occurred on her first year in college. Hence the name – The First Year Fiasco.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Angandeep: I had always an urge for writing stories, whether in school or in short story competitions. It was while I was re-reading one of the favourite mystery and suspense thriller of mine, the idea of writing a Suspense and mystery thriller came to me. It was way back in 2017 that the idea had struck me. But it was not until 2021 end, that the story and the plot was concrete.
I started with the plot slowly and had to write and re-write and edit a lot to finally make it ready to share with the world. It was slow, but I tried to keep it steady as well, while working with the series and the plot.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Angandeep: I want people to read the stories and get entertained. In the world of Literature, specifically in India, there are a lot of gaps. While people have abundance of Mystery, suspense, there’s not much that appeals to the teen market. Ten there’s a big gap in the sci-fi genre in India as well. I am just trying to bridge those gaps and appeal to the mass market for the same.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Angandeep: Well, writing a book is just 20%. Rest 80% is marketing the book. If a reader doesn’t know that a book is out, there’s no way he/she can buy that book. In order to reach the readers, a voracious marketing is required. Hence the promotions, the marketing, the signing events, the mass market prints of the books.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Angandeep: You never know what the next person beside you is thinking, or how much good or bad that person is. While you can enjoy every second of your life, you must be wary of your surroundings. And if we observe things closely, lot of things make sense easily.
This is my message to the readers.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Angandeep: I am working in corporate world for last 14 years and continuing to do so. I am B-Tech in IT Engineering and working in the same industry.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Angandeep: Well, I read a lot and travel a lot. I watch new movies, where contents seem to appeal to the people. That way, new ideas form, the mind block clears away.
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Angandeep: I would really love that.
My ideal director would be – Dibakar Bannerjee.
Ideal protagonists – Rashi Khanna & Abhimanyu Dassani.
Ideal Antagonist – Key Key Menon, Vizay Raj.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Angandeep: Yes. I have a list of 8 short stories and another novel that I am working on with the same protagonist. It shows the life after the First Year Fiasco while they try to solve some new age mind bending mysteries. The Novel is set during the famous Kolkata Durga Puja and the plot revolves around a serial killing, while the short stories are all in and around the college.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Angandeep: One word – Perseverance. No matter how hard it is, no matter what obstacles you face, you have to sit down and write. Don’t think, don’t move, just practice writing. Be sincere, be consistent. You never know what the future holds.
Read a lot and write a lot, everyday. Create a habit of writing at a particular time of a day. And read to know more what’s going on in the writing industry and how you can contribute there.
There’s no better solution than your perseverance.