Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway: Laxmi Hariharan

Please welcome Laxmi Hariharan to Fantasy Book Chick


Today I am hosting Laxmi Hariharan in celebration of her new release The Destiny of Shaitan. Check out the author interview below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win either a $15 Amazon Gift Card or Autographed Paperback of The Destiny of Shaitan.

 

Tell us a little about yourself...
I am a new age migrant, who found her voice. I am a writer, technophile & dare I say, a futurist, with a penchant for chai and growing eye-catching flowers. Wanderlust drove me out of my home country India to travel across Asia, and I lived in Singapore and Hong Kong before coming home to London. I am inspired by Indian mythology; I draw from the stories my grandmother narrated to me as a child. It is in acknowledging my roots that I found my voice.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
When not writing I love walking in the woods with my soul-mate and indulging my inner geek.

When did you begin writing?
I was five years old, when I wrote my first poem. Right then, I realised I was born to be a writer. It took another nine years, three countries, four homes, many jobs and a strange near death experience which pushed me over the edge to get my voice out there. It was almost as if I first had to resolve my own issues before I could solve my characters’ conflicts; and then suddenly I was there. It was time to release Shaitan to the swells of Amazon, to be read by humans and kindred half lives. It had to be now, for there is no tomorrow.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
This probably sounds insane, but I do my best writing very early in the morning. A perfect day is for me is to be up at dawn or earlier: 4 am in the morning seems to work best, and then write till noon, breaking for many, many cups of sweetened Indian chai flavoured with Indian spices. Music is a must too. I listen to a great music station called ethno techno an online music station that plays a great selection of electronica, trip-hop, drum & bass presented by DJ dimmsummer who has just brought out his first compilation on High Chai recordings label.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I just read Queer by William. S. Burroughs, standing in a bookstore! I am working my way through the Eve Dallas series by J.D.Robb who is one of my favourite romance authors, and have also started reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith. I like reading a few books in parallel.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a lot of respect for Sergei Lukyanenko, a well-known Russian science fiction writer and author of Day Watch & Night Watch. Did you know that Russia is the only country in the world to celebrate Cosmonautics Day, on April 12, in memory of the first manned space flight made by the 27-year-old Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It is a national holiday in Russia. How cool is that? My other all time inspiration is the Fire & Ice series by G. R.R Martin, especially his Dance with Dragons. G.R.R weaves his words into a tapestry full of surprises. And he does not hesitate to kill off his characters and produce new ones. He is a bold brave writer, and I hope to be him when I grow up :) The Hunger Games trilogy also has a special place in my heart for like its author Suzanne Collins I too write in the present tense and want my female characters to be strong & feisty.

What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?
The Destiny of Shaitan is my debut novel and I am very grateful to everyone who gave me the confidence to get my voice out there. This is also the first book in Chronicle of the Three. In Indian mythology, the concept of Three is known as the Trimurti made up of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the maintainer, and Shiva, the destroyer and is only a functional force when working in harmony. Similarly, this series is a chronicle about the life, loves & adventures of the three main characters, Tiina, Yudi and Rai, each of them displaying the attributes of their archetypes. The Destiny of Shaitan featured Tiina and Yudi. The next novel in the series is more about Tiina and Rai, and what they find out about themselves on their Return to Seven Islands, which is #2 Chronicle of the Three.

Why did you choose to write this genre?
I think the genre chose me, because here I can make the rules of my own world as I go along. I have always remained a rebel at heart, a free-spirit and this genre seems to give me the freedom I crave for in real life.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I’d love to predict the future (control freak that I am!) A question which has haunted me since forever is what I term as ‘opportunity cost.’ At every point in life we face choices, and I always wonder what my life would have been like if I had made a different choice. I know, it’s a philosophical question, but one I’d love to find the answer to. So if I could tell the future then I would know the consequences of my actions and make a more informed decision about my own life choices!

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
On one level the novel is about these three young people who are off having crazy adventures, meeting these strange goddesses and guardians, chasing the bad guy and having a great time. On the other, it will take you on a journey inwards to find out more about yourself and what you want in life. So read the book when you are ready to face your own questions, for it will hold up a mirror to your true self.

About Laxmi Hariharan:
 I am a writer, technophile & dare I say, a futurist, with a penchant for chai and growing eye-catching flowers. Wanderlust drove me out of my home country India and I travelled across Asia, living in Singapore and Hong Kong before coming home to London. I am inspired by Indian mythology; I draw strength from the stories my grandmother narrated to me as a child. It is in acknowledging my roots that I found my voice. When not writing I love walking in the woods with my soulmate, and indulging my inner geek. I would love to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or my website.

Make sure you enter for your chance to win!
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 I just posted it on here for them.)

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Reviews:

"The Destiny of Shaitan is mind blowing, dark, humorous, and clever. It took me on a powerful journey inwards, which was a surprise as I'm not generally drawn to scifi or fantasy." - Sonia Ducie Dip.CSN.AIN, Numerologist, Author 11 Numerology books.

"The low-key humour that runs like an under-current through this delightful, gripping adventure had me chuckling from page one" - Pippa Merivale, Author, Rescued by Angels

“A truly refreshing approach because it is inspired by Indian mythology, direct references to which are few in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. That aside, Shaitan is a ripping yarn and a gripping read and a must have for every fan of the genre. Besides, it's bound to win more fans from across genres too. The character of Rai in particular is the most fascinating, but that's not to take away from the other players in the narrative especially Yudi and Tiina and of course the titular evil Shaitan himself, who makes Darth Vader look like a kindergarten wimp.” - Amazon Review by Moviescriptwriter

7 comments:

  1. This is an awesome interview, thank you so much for being part of this tour YOU ROCK!

    ~Marie, Novel Publicity

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  2. Hi Jamie, thank you for hosting me and for asking these really interesting questions - I had fun answering them. I hope you readers will like reading them too:)
    -Laxmi

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  3. Very nice interview. The book sounds fascinating.

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    1. Glad you liked the interview;) Hope you like the book too:)

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  4. Marie, thanks for inviting me to be a part of the tour. :)

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  5. Laxmi, thanks so much for letting me interview you. :)

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  6. Rebecca HipworthJuly 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Great interview. :)

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