Nikita Deshpande, Author of It Must've Been Something He Wrote - Interview + Giveaway

On the Blog today I have with me the absolutely WONDERFUL Nikita Deshpande, debut author of the Indian Contemporary novel, It Must've Been Something He Wrote published by Hachette India. 

I had the opportunity to read and fall utterly in love with her book, and I'm so excited to offer you the chance to read it as well. 

It Must've Been Something He Wrote revolves around a Book Snob (AKA BookDragon) Amrutha, who is currently working in the marketing department of a very prestigious publishing house. She manages to insult one of their top authors to his face, and from there hilarity ensures. 

Filled with HILARIOUS, Swoony moments, unlikely friendships and BOOKS, I cannot recommend this book more! 
1. If you had 48 hours to spend with someone (living, dead or fictional) who would it be and why?

Right now, I want to spend 48 hours with Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples, the creators of this BRILLIANT graphic novel called Saga. Saga is like this unholy marriage of fantasy fiction, romantic comedy, sci-fi, epic plus in some ways, coming of age. Every genre I love is written into this comic and it's among the best things I've ever read.

If I could spend 48 hours with these people, I'd probably just tail them, look over their shoulders while they sketch or take notes and feel like I'm at 2-day university. I just want to power download everything they know and just GET about love, sex, family and humour into my brain.

2. Name three things you NEED to have in your dream house:

A writing desk, bookshelves, lots of light. 

3. Five books you would recommend to a newbie reader:
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (the gateway drug), The Fault in Our Stars, Those Pricey Thakur Girls, any Asterix comic, and Steal Like An Artist.

And now, moving on to your masterpiece:
4. Tell Us About The Day You Were Getting Published:

The day I found out I was getting published? That was supremely special.

My friend Sukanya Venkatraghavan (also a writer) told me she was participating in an open call for manuscripts called the DNA Hachette Next  Bestseller Hunt and insisted that I participate too. Strangely, she had more confidence in my work than I did. So we entered and then we were both on the shortlist so we sent in the next round of writing.
And so somewhere in 2014, when I was assisting Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on Mirzya... We were in some meeting I think and my phone was on silent. When I got out, I saw two missed calls from some unknown number and three from Suku. I called her back first. And she broke the news to me that Hachette had picked not one but three winners and that both of us had won. I can't remember what happened immediately after that but it's been two and a half years since and Suku has an amazing novel called Dark Things and I have It Must've Been Something He Wrote. 

5. In It Must've Been Something He Wrote, Amruta narrates that there is a lot that is wrong with the Indian Book Industry. Do you share her views?
To start with, I think Ruta is extremely idealistic. And as a young person, she has little patience before she jumps to a judgement. So no, I don't share all her views.

Although I do share some of her frustrations when I see a great book by a lesser-known writer doing badly when compared to an average book by a name writer. I wish there were more forums, better platforms to put word out about new local writers. Even for me as a reader - I end up reading less Indian fiction because I rarely hear anyone talk about new Indian work with the same enthusiasm that say, someone recommended The God of Small Things to me.

6. If you book was turned into a movie, who would you cast as your characters?

I'd love to see a chubster version of Alia Bhatt or Bhumi Pednekar play Ruta. Jish is a younger Ranbir Kapoor or Sidharth Malhotra in my head. I'd love to see Adil Hussain as M - I think he'd be perfectly intimidating. 

Nikita Deshpande is a creative nomad. A writer of copy, screenplay and poetry, she graduated in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. An occasional film-maker, she has assisted directors on prominent films such as Fukrey (2013) and Mirzya (2016), and was the writer/director of the winning commercial at Crash the Pepsi IPL (2015). It Must've Been Something He Wrote is her first novel.

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Title: It Must've Been Something He Wrote
Author: Nikita Deshpande
Publication Date: August 20th 2016
Publisher: Hachette India
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone!
I Got A Copy Through: Hachette India (THANK YOU!)
Blurb Description: When obsessive book-lover (ahem, book snob) Amruta – Ruta – Adarkar arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey's Publishing, she learns that the world of books is not as cozy as she’d imagined. Her eccentric taskmaster of a boss expects marketing miracles to happen on shoestring budgets and in record time, and surviving the job (and the city) means she’ll have to master the local art of jugaad really fast. Worst of all, she’s stuck being a publicist for Jishnu Guha, protein-shake lover, serial selfie-taker, and bestselling author of seven cheesy romance novels, the kind she wouldn’t be caught dead reading. 
As Ruta struggles between work and life in a new city, she finds, much to her annoyance, that she needs Jishnu’s help more than she cares to admit. But with her own parents getting a divorce, can Ruta dare to fall in love, especially with someone who’s so impossibly different?
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