I don’t think it’s a secret that I adore Roshani Chokshi. Her words are magic and she’s absolutely delightful. So of course when I got the invite to do a mini interview with her for Star-Touched Stories, I couldn’t respond fast enough.
Before we get to Roshani’s answers, let’s check out the book.
From New York Times bestselling author, Roshani Chokshi, comes Star-Touched Stories: a fantasy collection of three lush and adventurous stories set 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?
Sounds good, right?
1. Out of all the characters in your novels, which one did you have the most fun writing about and who do you relate to the most personally?
In the world of the Star – Touched Queen, I think the one who I related to the most was also the one that I had the most fun writing: Kamala! There’s just something about the demon horse that resonated a lot with me. I think it’s because she does everything that I would do in a fantasy story, which is frantically derail the plot and whine to her friends about how hungry she is all the time.
2. What inspired you to create this fictional world?
I was really inspired by the childhood stories that my grandmother told me. To me, they were so rich with details and texture that it really shocked me how these worlds and mythologies were never explored in mainstream literature. I was particularly inspired by Greek and Hindu mythology.
3. Why did you feel it was important to add Star-Touched Stories to this world you’ve created?
For me, this collection of stories is my farewell to the world that I created. It was extremely cathartic to write these three stories. I want readers to gain a sense of closure. I want readers to feel as much as I did when I with the stories.
4. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?
TITHE by Holly Black.
5. What three things would you take to a desert island?
A fully charged Kindle, a bag of Swedish fish, and a knife.
6. You find out that you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes.
I ran into the street and nearly got hit by a car. And then I started hysterically sobbing. Then, I tried to find the nearest pedestrian and explain my good news. Unfortunately, every person I made eye contact with swiftly turned heel and disappeared.
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. website | twitter | instagram
Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the invite and to Roshani for taking the time! Star Touched Stories releases on August 7th and you definitely want this book in your life!
Have you read Roshani’s books? Which was your favorite?