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Friday, September 30, 2016
Author Interview : Kavita Mandana, author of 'Trapped'
Read up, Interview
with Kavitha Mandana, Author of ‘Trapped’. This is a winner, only because it mentions Pink Floyd, with a blend of ghosts, rock music and mystery. We explore Amit's 'ghostdom', get to explore the twins' characteristics,
along with Lingamma’s histrionics.We also have the father of the triplets giving us a few more details. In this, Mandana tells us, how the journey began, how she blended Pink Floyd
lyrics into the book, how she relates the lives of her characters to lives
today, the next book she has planned and
also who her favourite authors are, and much more, Folks...
How did ‘Trapped’
happen? Could you describe the journey?
The idea of these
triplets has been floating around in my head for years. In an early draft of
the story, they were much younger. It was my editor
at Puffin who suggested that the concept would work better for older kids.
interestingly, while rewriting the book, almost everything changed. Apart from
the music, the mother’s fretting and the father’s job – turning the triplets
into 16-yr-olds meant a whole new plot!
What about the ghostly/scientific
element? What kind of research did you put in?
There was no research involved. The nice part about writing a book is that momentarily,
you’re playing God. So, you get to set the rules for what this ghost can or
What about the
children’s band? Pink Floyd is a favourite, how did you manage to blend their
lyrics into the book?
Over the years, I’ve found it interesting that so many teens enjoy the
music of their parents’ generation. Pink Floyd, in particular, has really been
So, one of their
‘anti-establishment’ songs seemed a good choice for the three siblings to
rewrite the words for.
according to you is different about your book?
ghost sibling and his totally hopeless situation vis a vis his parents.
considering a second part for this book?
Not at the moment. My mind has wandered off to other untold stories. But
How would you
relate the lives of characters to the lives of teens today? Any similarities?
Apart from the ‘ghost
brother’ that you probably won’t find in any home, the twins
Arjun and Anandita are pretty much like today’s teens.
out with all their parents’ expectations – yet escaping into music, masti and a
whole lot else.
What was the
most challenging part about writing ‘Trapped’?
The paranormal aspect.
particular character did you feel most close to? Why?
That would have to be Lingamma. She is really an amalgam of
many warm-hearted women who worked at either my parents’, my own or my grandparents’
homes – interesting women who were part of the family, yet not quite.
Who was it
that told you that you could become the author, you are today?
Nobody did! It wasn’t an ambition or even a vague idea when I was
younger. My dreams were related to joining an art college. Writing happened
quite by accident.
When will you
next book be out?
I’m still in the
process of writing that ‘next book’!