Roshani, what was your inspiration for writing STAR-TOUCHED STORIES?
The characters. I really loved the experience of taking what each of them have learned and putting them in new situations that would make them question themselves.
What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?
I am most proud of the ending for Rose & Sword. For me, it’s my goodbye to this series and I cried a lot when I wrote it!
What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?
This is a hard question! I’m always flattered to be compared to authors like Renee Ahdieh and Laini Taylor. I think they excel at language and romance, and so I’d say them!
How long did you work on STAR-TOUCHED STORIES?
About 2 years.
What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?
The challenge with short stories is that you’re always writing to a punchline. Each story has to be a closed loop otherwise it reads like filler. Making sure that the scenes were emotionally resonant and not just self-indulgent for me taught me not to waste words. Ever. Because the reader can always tell.
What do you hope readers will take away from STAR-TOUCHED STORIES?
I hope that, with all my books, they take away a sense of wonder. I hope I made you feel something in these pages, and I hope that you will miss these characters as much as I do.
How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?
It was fairly difficult, but I think the journey and the context of difficulty varies for each writer. I had a couple half-baked stories, some of which were actually finished, before TSTQ, but when I was writing this story, I knew I had something different on my hands.
Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?
Ha! I wish! I think hitting the 30k mark is the point at which you’ve proven you have the stamina to finish.
What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?
I listen to music before and after, not usually during. I work at home in my office for moments when I need to go-go-go! But I can work anywhere? I like to switch up certain places depending on what project I’m focusing on at the moment.
What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Don’t rush. It’s a piece of your soul that you’re putting out there in the world.
What are you working on now?
The sequel to The Gilded Wolves and the sequel to Aru Shah and The End of Time!
ABOUT THE BOOKStar-Touched Stories
by Roshani Chokshi
Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world.
Death and Night
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.
Poison and Gold
Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.
Rose and Sword
There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
She grew up in Georgia, where she acquired a Southern accent but does not use it unless under duress. She has a luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She is the 2016 finalist for the Andre Norton Award, and a 2016 Locus finalist for Best First Novel. Her short story, The Star Maiden, was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
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