This blog used to be views on various things. But in all these years, I find it going a whole new direction.
Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
the second part of Gayathri Ponvannan's Interview, with regard to 'Time Racers'.
In this, she tells us, how she relates the lives of her characters to lives
today, the most challenging part of the book, the next book she has planned and
also who her favourite authors are, and much more, Folks...
How would you relate the lives of characters to the lives
today? Any similarities?
Pratik is the quintessential underdog. He’s got a lot of relatable
characteristics – ‘the parents are boring’ idea, the defiance against rules,
even the ‘softie’ heart under all that nonchalant demeanor. The character from
the past, Simha, is also similar to a typical teen, in spite of the widely
disparate socio-cultural contexts.
Rebellion, awkwardness, emotional confusion, the
‘I-don’t-care’ attitude…these are aspects that don’t quite change over
What was the most challenging part about writing the book?
Most certainly the time travel part. There was a lot
of research involved in getting the technicalities right.
I suppose my editors at Penguin, Niyati Dhuldhoya and Nimmy
Chacko, found the book’s development rather challenging too – my language and
style is rather irreverent, and they had a good deal of pruning to do before the book could be
What book is coming from your desk, next? When do you see
The next book is also pre-teen fiction, but with a
female protagonist. I suppose it might be released once I’ve sorted out all the
ideas I’ve spewed onto my computer, and found a publisher for them – possibly
the next year or so.
I’m doing a Masters in Creative Writing just now,
and I’m putting so much into this course that I feel compelled to incorporate
all that I’ve learnt into my current manuscript. Which is all very well and
good, but it does tend to slow down my headlong approach to writing!