I have with me today the WONDERFUL Sukanya Venkataraghavan, author of Dark Things, a fantasy novel that will BLOW YOUR MIND. It has paranormal elements, and talk of Gods and Monsters and Realms and gorgeous guys, and I hope you guys decide to get your hands on a copy.
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1. The strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I would have to go with the Curious Case Of The Disappearing Goldfish. I had three goldfish in a tank, Romeo, Zola and err Fishy. I left home one day and the last I saw of them, they were all swimming happily in the tank. When I returned Zola was missing. There was no sign of her. None at all. No signs of a broken entry or kidnapping. No evidence of a vicious murder. Nothing. Except that the balcony door was open. I still wonder….
2. How do you arrange your bookshelf?
By genre. Or as my friends tease me, Neil Gaiman and all other books.
3. This or That:
-- Indian or Western Clothes
A mix of both I think. I am kind of kitschy boho.
-Lipstick or Eyeliner
n Chinese or Italian Food
n Indian chinese!
And now, moving onto your masterpiece:
4. What inspired you to write Dark Things, and why do we need to read it?
I have always been obsessed with the Dark Things within us and outside of us. I grew up in a rambling old creaky house that told me so many of her own secrets that my childhood was filled with strange things. I also grew up listening to stories from mythology, fairytales and folklore. My grandfather was a wonderful storyteller and he gave me the wealth of imagination and the key to wander into other worlds easily. I have also been always obsessed with Yakshis who are an important part of Kerala folklore and it only seemed natural that my first work of fantasy would feature them.
Why should you read Dark Things? If you like fairytales and if you like things turned on their head then this is the book for you. Also, extremely pretty men.
5. If you could give one piece of advice each to Hera, Dara, Dwai and Ardra, what would it be?
Hera: Take a cold shower and a nap. Do yoga.
Dara: it wouldn’t hurt to smile more. Life ain’t that bad you monster slaying absurdly goodlooking brooding fella.
Dwai: Don’t talk to strangers! Didn’t your mamma teach you anything?
Ardra: Don’t use sex as a weapon. Seek therapy.
6.How did you find out you were getting published?
There was this contest that seemed too good to be true. The DNA Hachette Best Seller contest. I have never really won anything in my life so I thought here’s a chance to try something new and brave. So I entered. And I won. They called me and said, ‘congrats you are one of the winners.’ I put down my bag of chips and screamed.
Currently based in Mumbai, Sukanya lives with her husband and a large congregation of cat and owl figurines collected from all over the world.
Sukanya’s first brush with fantasy was as a film journalist in Mumbai, covering the glamourous, yet daunting world of Bollywood with publications like Filmfare and Marie-Claire.
Having grown up listening to tales of Indian mythology and folklore narrated by her grandfather, as well as reading western classics from the library in the attic of her childhood home in Kerala, it was but natural that her progression to life as a writer would revolve around gods, apsaras, rakshasas and the like.
These days, her waking hours are spent trying to balance out the magical and the mundane. Between painting, tarot reading and writing, she enjoys toeing the fine line between fantasy and reality.
She slips through the veil sometimes and brings back tales from elsewhere.
Dark Things is her first one.
Somewhere on Prithvi, a mortal survives a supernatural attack.
In the dark realm of Atala, an evil goddess prepares to do the unspeakable.
And a Yakshi finds herself at the heart of an other-worldly storm.
Ardra has only known life as a Yakshi, designed to seduce and kill men after drawing out their deepest, darkest secrets for her evil mistress Hera, queen of the forsaken realm of Atala. Then, on one strange blood moon night, her chosen victim, Dwai, survives, and her world spins out of control. Now Ardra must escape the wrath of Hera, who is plotting to throw the universe into chaos.
To stop her, Ardra needs to find answers to questions she hasn’t dared to ask before. What power does the blood moon hold? Is the sky city of Aakasha as much a myth as its inhabitants – the ethereal and seductive Gandharvas and Apsaras? Who is Dara, the mysterious monster-slayer, and what makes Dwai impervious to her powers?
A heady concoction of fantasy and romance, Dark Things conjures up a unique world wrought of love and sacrifice, of shadows and secrets, of evil and those who battle it