Hi, everybody! We're turning the spotlight on Aditi Khorana today--she will join all of the other fantastic YA authors appearing at this year's Ontario Teen Book Fest. Read on for more about her book, her answers to some questions we posed, and links to places where you can find out more about her and her books.
Read on for more info about Aditi and the festival.
When: Saturday, March 25th, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School, 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org
FREE event, no tickets are necessary!
Sponsored by Once Upon A Time
They will have books available for purchase at the event, as well as t-shirts and posters available for purchase.
Blog Tour Schedule
Aditi Khorana spent part 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. MIRROR IN THE SKY is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. Her second book, LIBRARY OF FATES, a feminist historical fantasy set in fictional ancient India, about a louche misogynistic dictator overthrowing a tiny, idyllic kingdom and the women who must wrench it back from him is out in July 2017.
Read Now Sleep Later: When you were a teen, what was your reading/writing life like?
Aditi Khorana: I was a voracious reader as a kid and a teen. As a teenager, I often read books under my desk during class instead of paying attention in school. Books were a refuge for me. I desperately wanted to become a writer and filled the pages of my notebooks with all kinds of stuff - journaling about the day-to-day, (bad) poetry, essays, plays. I feel really lucky that as an adult, I get to do what my teenage-self dreamt of!
RNSL: You may have many reasons for writing--what's your #1 top reason why you write now?
AK: I often write with a question in mind that I'm trying to make sense of or explore. When I was writing MIRROR IN THE SKY, I was asking myself whether everyone has an alternative life that they wonder about, and I was simultaneously thinking about what it means to truly belong. When I was writing my upcoming novel, LIBRARY OF FATES, I was exploring this idea of how life continues when one has lost everything. Writing, for me at least, is a way of exploring the big questions that haunt me, keep me up at night.
RNSL: What are you working on next that you can share a bit about?
AK: I actually have a novel coming out in July - LIBRARY OF FATES is a feminist historical fantasy set in ancient India. It's about a louche, misogynistic dictator overthrowing an idyllic kingdom and the women who have to band together across their cultural differences to wrench it back from him. It's loosely based on Alexander the Great's invasion into India but from an intersectional feminist perspective.
RNSL: Cake or Pie--and why?
AK: This is a tough one! I love baking pies, but I love eating cake more because frosting!
Mirror in the Sky
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.
As the world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.
As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth--and for Tara--will ever be the same again. (2016, Razobill)
The Library of Fates
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
Forthcoming - July 2017, Razorbill. 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?