Dear Sue,

How lovely to have you visit my space!

Let's talk about “Just Me, the Sink and the Pot”, your latest book – and one that has quite an unusual title.


  • How did the idea come about, to write a book about body image? There are so many myths about it; was it a difficult subject to write?

This book was initially my attempt to purge myself of negative feelings associated with my school days. I started writing it in my 20s and published it in my 30s when I was ready to let the world know about things that had happened to me and to other overweight women I know.

It was difficult to write about for one reason only – the emotions attached to it. I felt anger and sadness about what my protagonist was going through because I had been there in some ways too.

  • How did you settle on the title of this book? I can sense a story behind it...

The title describes a defining moment from the book. It is a moment when Pamela realizes that she is alone and has nothing but a sink and the pot for company. At that moment she feels so very alone with all her troubles.

  • Tell us something about the protagonist of “Just Me...”? Why do you think readers will identify with her? Will they?

So far readers of all sizes have said that they can identify with Pamela because bullying of all kind is common during our school days. We all face insecurities amongst our peers, especially during our teens when the desire to fit in is so high. So yes, everyone will identify with my protagonist. You only need a heart.

  • Do you look for images to inspire you when you are creating characters? Care to share some of those images here?

Actually, I find my characters from my own life. Everybody I meet or have met will find a role in my stories

  • I love the way you handle issues and make them come alive. I remember your earlier book “What Would I Tell her @13”. Do you have a secret formula?

You could say that empathy is my weapon. I have the ability to put myself into anybody's shoes – or rather heart. That ability does get me into trouble sometimes, though, because I carry a lot of emotion with me.

  • What is your favorite genre to read? How has it influenced what you yourself write?

I love reading non-fiction books based on psychology. Lately, I have been reading a lot on mindfulness. I think my non-fiction writing pushed me toward non-fiction reading. And that in turn pushed me toward writing more non-fiction with more passion and honesty. I also like to read light romances. That comes from having several romance author friends.

  • Has any real-life event, personal or public, ever begged to be written into one of your stories? Could you share it with us, please?

Ah yes. Just me, the Sink & the Pot stemmed from my realisation that I was a woman with negative body image and was still suffering from the effects of body shaming in my childhood. My short stories for children have bits of my childhood and adulthood in them too. For example, there is a story that I wrote about a homeless girl getting a new doll which she fell in love with – I wrote that based on my own experiences with a homeless family nearby and after they taught me about gratitude from their simplicity and big hearts.

  • Of all the attributes of a well written story, which is the one that pleases you the most?

A strong protagonist. When I say strong, I do not mean that the character isn’t allowed to have weak moments. I just want somebody real and inspiring.

  • What one or two things absolutely irritate you in a book, and would most certainly make you put the book down immediately?

A book where it takes too long to introduce the plot gets boring. If you take up almost half the length to set up the scene and introduce main characters, I lose interest.

  • When do you write? What is your writing space like? What do you use, pencil/pen and paper, or a gadget?

I write in a coffee shop twice a week. I write at home in the nights when everybody is asleep. I don’t like using a desk so I switch between the dining table and the couch. I have pretty notebooks for plotting and brainstorming but my main gadget is my HP laptop.

  • Your advice to starting authors - one thing they MUST do and one that they should NEVER.

You MUST write regularly if not every day and especially when you are waiting to hear back from publishers/editors.

You must NEVER think your writing is worthless just because a publisher rejected you. Many big authors find success after numerous rejections.


Sound advice, Sue. Thank you so much for the visit.

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JUST ME, THE SINK & THE POT
by
Sudesna Ghosh



Blurb

Meet Pamela, an overweight girl who's looking back at her school days. From longing for a Valentine to dealing with a sibling who hates her, Pamela has a lot to deal with. She even has a special bunch of friends at home who she can turn to - but they aren't the kind of friends you'd expect. Life sucks when you're fat. Can Pamela ever be happy?

Read an excerpt of the book here...

One day a classmate asked me, “Where is your lunch?” I told her that I had already had it and went back to my fake laughter and smiles. The others chatted and laughed while they ate from their tiffin boxes. Some brought samosas or ice cream from outside the gate. My hunger pangs got worse as I saw all the food and smelt the delicious odours around me.

The ice cream cart was run by a sweet old man who knew me since I’d started school. He would ask me some days, “Child, you don’t want your favourite orange stick?” I would say no thank you and smile before running away from him and his cart. One day he seemed to be desperate to make me have an ice cream. “Child! Come here and have an ice cream. You don’t have to pay me,” he called out. I smiled, turned around and went to hide in an empty classroom. Two minutes later, I shrieked; the old man had found me. He was carrying a dripping ice cream for me. I started laughing. Then I started running away from him. The old man started running after me!

My classmates were shocked. The sports teacher was happy to see me run for the first time – I had never run before because fat moves when you run. Everybody would laugh. The lunch break ended with me accepting the mostly melted orange stick from the kind ice cream man. We were too tired to talk about the whole event. But it did make me a bit popular that year, with the school Yearbook including the story and a picture of me running away from a 6 feet tall man holding an ice cream.

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About the author



Sudesna (Sue) Ghosh is a writer based in Kolkata. She was born in the United States and moved to India when she was 9. After completing high school there, she went back to the US for her higher education at the University of Rochester. She has also penned What Would I Tell Her @ 13 and News Now, along with several short stories. When Sudesna isn’t writing, she tries to do her bit for animal welfare.
       

                          

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