Today we're excited to chat with Roshani Chokshi, author of Aru Shah and the End of Time. Read on for more about Roshani and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Roshani Chokshi!
Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?
1.) Who is your favorite character in the book?
Probably the Palace of Illusions. Obviously I love my leads, but the Palace has a special place in my heart because its inspired both by my childhood home and also by my ginormous Great Pyrenees (his name is Panda!)
2.) What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I'm really proud of the ending scenes. I wanted to show Aru's growth and fragility. I wanted to depict that even through the tough times, your friends and family will always be there to prop you up.
3.) Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Don't fall into the game of self-comparison. The only thing you can control is your story. The rest will come as it will.
4.) What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the horses in the background! They look so ethereal.
5.) What was your favorite book in 2017?
Oh gosh, I had a ton!! I loved Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon, Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao and City of Brass by S.K. Chakraborty.
6.) What’s up next for you?
Right now, I'm working on book 1 of my new YA trilogy, THE GILDED WOLVES. It's a treasure-hunt-ish-heist tale that takes place in Paris' glittering age of La Belle Epoque. I'm also excited to dive into my revisions on Aru's sequel where the cast of characters will grow (including gods, monsters and demigods!)
7.) Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Probably the scene with Shukra on the Bridge of Forget :(
8.) Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising!!! Drafting is the emotional equivalent of plucking out my nosehairs with a pair of blunt tweezers one by one.
9.) What would you say is your superpower?
BEHOLD THE DISAPPEARING COOKIE ACT
10.) Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I care about a lot of organizations. I try to give to charities focusing on women in education. Most recently, I've donated to the Islamic Relief Foundation and the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, which is where we adopted our sweet, two-year-old cat (Teddy!).
Aru Shah and the End of Time
By: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: March 27, 2018
One winner will receive one copy of Aru Shah and the End of Time(US only).