LA Public Library: Interview with an Author: Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle-class readers and young adults who draw on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for Locus and Nebula Awards and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists by Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times the bestseller series includes The star-studded queen duology (The star-studded queen & A crown of wishes), The gilded wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently selected for film by Paramount Pictures. Her latest book is Once again and she recently talked about it with Daryl Maxwell for the LAPL blog.

I was inspired by a rather sad ending to an Irish adventure, the tale of Diarmuid and Grainne, which ends with the lovers having to give up their love for each other in order to restore one of them to health. I thought it would be an interesting beginning rather than an end.

They are the individualized versions of ordinary characters in fairy tales … siblings forgotten in the special birth order that determines the main characters. Middle children, essentially.

Interestingly enough, Once again came out very clean. More than any of my other projects.

Fairy tales are a set of immortal, enchanted bones, and through each subsequent generation we are able to hang the skin of inherited dreams on them, the flesh of nightmares created by the past and the fragile silk of all our hopes. That’s why adventure never stops feeding us. They can be anything to us at any time, and yet you just have to peel back to the bones of a story to see how familiar and old it really is.

The book about imaginary beings by Jorge Luis Borges and an Army of Dietary Supplements.

The iron ring by Lloyd Alexander.

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.


Essex snake.

Maybe you need to talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb.

All our beautiful songs by Sarah McCarry.

Wildwood dance by Juliette Marillier.

Hadestown by Anais Mitchell, though I’ve also fallen in love with the Broadway version.

Acquiring fresh flowers with my husband, bookstore visits, lunch outside with prosecco, grocery for dinner supplies, sunshine disappearing in the rain, a table set for friends, an hour to read on the couch with the teddy cat before I put it away, for now our front door opens and the sound of cozy evening company pours out into the hallway.

What is your favorite word? Ophidian.


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