Interview with Australian Author – Indrani Ganguly

“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?

Indrani – I was born of Bengali parents in Lucknow, India. My parents imbued her with a strong sense of Indian and world history and culture and a great appreciation of diversity in all its forms. I studied English Honours and sociology in India and did my PhD. on the impact of British occupation on revolution and reform in West Bengal from the Australian National University. I have worked in academia, publishing and diverse government and non-government organisations and as a volunteer Committee Member in many community organisations. In 1990, I married an Australian with whom I now live in Brisbane. We have a son and daughter and a grandson. I write a mix of academic/Factual and literary genres (such as poetry and fiction and travelogues). They have been published in many journals and anthologies. Most recently, my first novel, The Rose and the Thorn was published in March 2019. It has been well received by both the Indian and the wider Australian community. Some reviews are available on

“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?

Indrani – I like expressing my thoughts through my writing and sharing them with other people.

“Australian Authors” – What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?

Indrani – My writings draw on my diverse professional and personal experiences. Being part of several very supportive writers’groups and having readers of both Anglo-Celtic and ethnic minority backgrounds also keeps me inspired and motivated. The Rose and the Thorn drew on some of the stories I heard while doing the research for my PH.D thesis. I adapted these to fit into a fictionalised form. A preview of the book is available at A video of the launch of The Rose and the Thorn is available at

“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?

Indrani – Yes, I am working on the sequel to The Rose and the Thorn.

“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?

Indrani – I like to write poetry, fiction and travel writing.

“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?

Indrani – I believe it is complementary to the printed books. I don’t think ebooks will replace printed books.

“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?

Indrani – I have themes that I wish to explore and some characters when I start. The plot evolves as I write.

“Australian Authors” – Pen or type writer or computer?

Indrani – Definitely computer!

“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?

Indrani – It’s a symbiotic relationship. I control a fair bit but they also evolve as the plot unfolds.

“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?

Indrani – They are composite characters, based on a mix of fact and fiction. I have never completely based any character on a real person as I am aware of the potential to do harm if I do so.

“Australian Authors” – Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?

Indrani – I have published a Zine jointly with another author but have no immediate plans to write a book together.

“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?

Indrani – I read a wide range and have no particular favourites.

“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?

Indrani – Write from the heart, but make sure your facts are correct. Don’t stereotype any person or culture. Self-publishing has given me more control than publishing houses, but it is hard work marketing. Friends and like minded people are invaluable!

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