Miranda Reads: What was it like to team up with Rick Riordan to bring ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME?
Roshani Chokshi: There are a host of metaphors I could use to describe this feeling. I'll give you a couple: "like having a tame dragon show up at your doorstep and say: 'I know you wanted a car, but I'm much better transport and we'll fight monsters! And I've got cupholders!" Or "guzzling moonlight." You get the idea . . . it's a dream. Aru's story has been itching at my brain for eons, and I'm honored that her story will launch the imprint.
Miranda Reads: Many readers, including myself, want to know more about Hindu myths and gods. Do you have any recommendations to get us started?
Roshani Chokshi: If you can, find all the Amar Chitra Katha comic books. Those got me hooked on Hindu myths! Otherwise, I really enjoyed the Ganguli translation of the Mahabharata.
Miranda Reads: What was the last book that made you laugh?
Roshani Chokshi: I was recently rereading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett which is an eternal favorite and always makes me giggle.
Miranda Reads: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music? Do you have a playlist?
Roshani Chokshi: Sometimes? Depends on my mood. For drawn out action sequences, I like writing to film scores. I turned to Assassin's Creed *a lot* for my upcoming YA, THE GILDED WOLVES. For ARU, it was more songs to get me in the mood to write her . . . which meant the soundtrack of Legally Blonde and a couple of my favorite Bollywood songs Iike "Nashe Si Chadgh Gayi" from the movie Befikre.
Miranda Reads: Which TBF Author are you most excited to meet this year?
Roshani Chokshi: Tamora Pierce!! I grew up reading her books. Otherwise, I'm so excited to hang out with my friends, like Dhonielle Clayton (author of the upcoming THE BELLES--which is fantastic)
Thank you so much, Roshani! We are absolutely excited to meet you in May!
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