About The Author:
Chandrayan Gupta is a young law student and author of psychological crime thriller novels. Possessed of an insatiable need to read and write, he published his well-received debut crime fiction novel Birth of a Duo at the age of 19. He is currently pursuing a law degree in Kolkata, and spends almost all of his free time working on his well-received Radha Bose series of detective novels.
Briefly describe your journey until now. Have you accomplished what you wanted or still have a mile to go?
Oh, there’s still more than a mile to go. My aim, when I began writing, was to become a bestselling author. That has obviously not happened yet. Far from it, actually. And even if that happens, my work won’t be “done” by any means. Writing will be a lifelong pursuit for me.
What is your book “Too Far Gone” all about?
It’s the third book in my psychological crime thriller Radha Bose series. It follows Radha Bose, a beautiful and emotionally damaged private investigator, and her young, clinically depressed aide Aditya Gokhale, as they try to solve the case of the mysterious disappearance of a girl with blue hair. Their client saw the girl calling out to him for help from the adjacent roof, wounded and bleeding, but when he rushed to her location, he found no one there. Was it a hallucination? A ghost? Or an elaborate trick? This is what our two private investigators attempt to find out, in addition to helping each other through their own mental health issues.
What is the most fulfilling part of writing this book? And what is the most challenging?
Not to sound immodest, but writing this book wasn’t a challenge. I know my two protagonists quite well now. They’re living, breathing people in my mind. I’m just a medium through which they tell their story. So, when it comes to writing about Radha Bose and Aditya Gokhale, I can craft their stories quite easily. But writing a new story with entirely new characters is proving a huge challenge. I’ve just gotten comfortable with my Radha Bose series.
The most fulfilling part of writing Too Far Gone was definitely reading the readers’ feedback on it. Some are encouraging, some disparaging, but all make me happy, because it means they took the time to read and think about something I loved creating.
Apart from the title, what is unique about your book?
This book – and for that matter, all my books – doesn’t fall within one single genre. It has elements of the detective genre, the crime genre, the thriller genre, the women sleuth genre, and the psychology genre. Both the protagonists suffer from mental health issues, which are explored prominently throughout all three of my works. One reviewer even described my second book as “self-help”. Ultimately, I look at my works as psychological crime thrillers which also focus on mental health issues in today’s time. The rocks on which they stand and which keep the plot moving forward are beguiling crimes, but they are at their heart earnest character dramas.
Would you like to share some writing tips with our readers and aspiring writers?
I don’t know if this qualifies as a “writing” tip, but I always advise writers to ignore the voice in their head which tells them that their work is not good enough, that no one will read it, that they will never be a true writer. I had that voice too. Every writer does. If that voice didn’t exist, we’d have scores more writers and bestselling authors from all over the world. I know it’s easier said than done, but that voice must be ignored. You must put your work out there in spite of it. I remember I sent my manuscript to my publisher and then simply dove into other work, forcing myself to forget about it completely.
Last but not the least, how are you dealing with current times where everything is so uncertain?
Oh, I love it, you kidding? I finally have a good reason to stay home all day and not interact with anyone. I’ve already experienced COVID, and it wasn’t pleasant. That so many people suffer from it and die of it is obviously a terrible tragedy, and I’d go back to a normal, COVID-less society in a heartbeat if I could. But since that’s not possible, I might as well enjoy a lifestyle which is every lazy introvert’s wet dream, right?