The Savior of Turk | Released: December 10, 2011
Bhanu Ganesh can’t catch a break. He comes from India with his parents to start a new life in rural Missouri where, as his American-born cousin says, a person “stands out like a vegan at a rib joint if he’s anything other than white boy or a black cow.” Bhanu arrives with everything short of a “kick me” sign on his back. His prep school getup, highbrow British accent, and pathological fear of feminine touch make him an immediate social outcast. Then there’s his little arson habit, the primary reason his family comes to America for a fresh start. What’s more, the new family business in the tiny town of Turk is selling adult movies and other products at a store along the interstate. That doesn’t sit well with the locals, particularly those at the Turk Everlasting Church of God.
What main genre do you write in?
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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've loved writing every since I could put a word or two togehter. My first work was actually a song called A Snowy Day. It was for the piano and was only about four measures long. It was inane.
Please describe your writing environment.
I like to write first thing in the morning, and I switch up the location from time to time. I have an office, which I'm currently using most often. But I also sit on the couch with my lap top when time allows, and no one else in my family is up yet.
What’s been the most challenging part of writing for you?
The first draft is the most challenging part. I love editing, improving, re-working and massaging. But I have to get through the draft in order to that. I feel like holding my nose sometimes during the first go-round, becasuse the work is usually pretty putrid.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My wife, Michele, is my best supporter. She encourages me to write, and she looks forward to reading anything new. She's honest. If I wrote something she didn't like, I know she would tell me. I would also be smart enough to start over if that were so.
Do you like to mix genres?
I never set out with a genre in mind. The Savior of Turk doesn't fit neatly in any category, which is why I most often settle on "contemporary". It can be coming-of-age, young adult, a bit of a mystery... I know some high schoolers who like it.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I just finished a Dick Francis mystery. I had read once where he didn't re-work multiple drafts. Instead, he would only write a word when he was completely happy with the one he wrote before it. I envy that approach, but I know I could never do it. I know where I want my stories to end up, but I'm never sure how they're going to get there.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
I won't hesitate to give away my book in the approrpriate venue because I want people to read it, even if they don't have to pay for it. I believe the more copies I give away, the more copies I will sell. Online book giveaways are the most obvious places, but I'll also leave hard copies at places like coffee houses that have small reading libraries. I left one the other day in the book case at my fitness center. A few days later, a woman on the treadmill next to me was reading it. The next, it was missing from the bookcase. I guess she couldn't put it down.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
I would like to have dinner with Ghandi, not just because he would be great company, but also because I wouldn't have to worry about him hogging all the food.
For readers who can't resist reading the end of a book before they read the beginning, I'll save you the trouble on the Savior of Turk:
It was a pig.
Ron D Smith