Srijani Ganguly has just finished her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick in Ireland. She has six years of experience as a journalist in India, as well as a BA in Geography and an MA in English. She started writing (mainly poems) when she was in school, and later became interested in sci-fi/fantasy-tinged flash fiction. Her stories have appeared in Five:2:One, The Ogham Stone, The Roadrunner Review, The Drabble and Didcot Writers. The piece that was published in The Ogham Stone was judged the winner of a horror writing contest organised by the journal.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: John Steinbeck. I fell in love with him after reading Travels with Charley. The opening paragraph is exquisite. But apart from that book, which I adore more than anything because of his love for dogs, I think Steinbeck had that beautiful quality of writing even the most mundane incident in the most appealing manner.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: Not really. But I do tend to listen to a lot of Sufjan Stevens, The National and Mac DeMarco while writing.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: Somewhere up north, where the Northern Lights are bright.
‘I thought you’d have a cat.’ ‘Hmm?’ Roy stirred from his daydream. ‘What did you say?’ The gardener cleared his throat and spoke again. ‘I figured,’ he said, ‘since you’re an Egyptologist and all, that you’d have a cat.’ ‘A cat? Why would I have a cat?’ ‘Didn’t the pharaohs worship them?’ the gardener said, …