Interview with Rani Ramakrishnan

Tee: What made you write Lethal Acoustics?

Rani: In February last year, I started a weekly newsletter in which I shared one short story a week with my readers. I came up with The Quack House to create a common thread to my weekly stories. My last two books Here to Hear and Lethal Acoustics were born out of these stories.

Tee: Tell us more about your previous works.

Rani: I launched my debut book titled Twice Blessed (A Spirited Thriller about a Scandalous Crime) in Sep 2017. 

Twice Blessed is the story of a young college student Tamannah. An unpleasant incident involving a friend of hers affects her badly. She sets out to find out the truth behind the incident and discovers something horrifying and unimaginable. Things turn ugly and her crusade for her friend becomes a struggle for her own identity. What is the uncomfortable truth and how it affects her is the crux of the story.

Released in Nov 2018, Here to Hear is the first book in the Quack House Series.

Comprised of five short stories, the book traces the life of a happy couple, Manju and Sunil after she sets up an unconventional venture, The Quack House (TQH).

In the current age, when people have no time to lend a sympathetic ear to even their loved ones, Manju feels a professional venture that offers to listen to whatever a person has to say is exactly what the society needed. Her husband Sunil disagrees but Manju gets her way and TQH is set up.

What follows is captured in a bunch of tales.:

  • The Quack House
  • Stinky Smelly Horseshit Lessons
  • First Among Equals
  • Love Bytes
  • The Golden Egg Laying Goose

Tee: How will you describe your writing style?

Rani: I begin writing once I have a clear idea about the central characters and the main plot.

Like most writers, I love language. So I use the thesaurus extensively while writing. As far as the stories are concerned, I try to keep them crisp and fast paced. All my books can be read in a single sitting, irrespective of the word length. With every book I strive to entertain and break a few clichés (if possible).

Tee: What challenges did you face while writing this book?

Rani: This story was reasonably easy to write because it needed minimal research. I had to look up a few things like evolving bomb technologies, Indian police hierarchy, etc. Other than that, the central characters had many layers and writing about them was more fun than work.

Tee: What are your upcoming books?

Rani: I have a few in the pipeline. The plan is to release the next book in the summer. I am unable to reveal details at this point but it will be a full-length book, a disruptive thriller and will feature a woman in the lead.

Tee: Do you only write in the thriller genre?

Rani: As I explained earlier, so far I have penned short stories apart from disruptive thrillers. Maybe in the future, I will venture into other genres as well.

Tee: How can readers contact you?

Rani: I am on



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Lethal Acoustics by Rani Ramakrishnan

Title: Lethal Acoustics

Author: Rani Ramakrishnan

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: December 2018

Rating: 4/5

The sequel to The Quack House, Lethal Acoustics immediately grabs the reader’s attention not just by its name but its brilliantly done cover. Added to the bright purple background colour is the presence of a wave of sound that flows past two joggers who seem to be crashed by a time bomb. What’s going on you may say? Well, its too lethal is the only answer.

Written in a lucid and easy to read style, Lethal Acoustics arouses interest in ways more than one. The story revolves around Manju and Sunil.
The protagonist Manju has suffered a major trauma over ten years ago, for which she had therapy. She decides to start her own venture where she can hear others’ problems, and offer possible solutions. This is her ‘Quack House’, her dream venture run by her and financed by her husband Sunil. Manju is humble and hard working while Sunil is a caring and supportive husband.

One day unusual sounds in the Quack House bring everyone to a state of alarm. What is this sound and who is behind this cacophony? The author’s superior writing style is the cherry on the cake for an intricately built plot line that is charming to say the least. Set at 62 pages, the book is a short read and thoroughly gripping with full of suspense. With proper characterisation and well built climaxes, this multiple climaxed novel is a quick but enthralling read on the go.