Thank you so much to author Aditi Khorana for stopping by my blog to share her thoughts on writing her new book, The Library of Fates! The book was released earlier this week, so check it out on Goodreads. And makes sure you enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything–family, her childhood love, and her freedom–to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough. The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life–and another love–await?
Aditi Khorana spent parts of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing? A lot! I love to read, travel, cook, bake, hike, explore architecture, visit flea markets, try new local eateries, have people over for dinner or drinks in my backyard, loll around in coffee shops, do yoga, watch movies, visit museums, go see plays.
- Which scene in The Library of Fates was the most fun to write? Writing the end of this book (which I can’t go into much detail on because: spoilers) was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had. I like order, so tying up loose threads and arriving at a point where I felt I had answered all the questions that this book posed just felt so rewarding.
- What was the most random thing you found yourself researching while writing this book? I did a lot of research on Greek oracles – young girls who were taken into subterranean chambers underneath temples to make prophecies. It’s believed that these temples were built over fault lines and the ethelyne vapors, emerging from the ground produced intoxicating effects like trances and psychedelic experiences. So in effect, these oracles were sort of forced into a kind of drug use in order to make prophecies.
- Who would you cast in the movie version? Oooh! That’s a good one. I think maybe Naomi Scott for Amrita and Emma Roberts for Thala.
- What are some of your favorite books you’ve read so far this year? I love The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy and The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit.
- Any advice for young authors looking to be published? Write as often as you can, read as much as you can. And read far above your paygrade: the books that challenge you, by authors you really admire. And don’t just be in the world, but explore it, eat it up. Life is short. You want to fill it with as many challenging, exciting, magical and unexpected experiences and adventures as you can.
Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your new book!
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