Friday, 12 October 2012
Exclusive Interview with Author Sangu Mandana + The Lost Girl Giveaway (Asia Only)
Sangu : The thing that inspired the story, really, was the general idea of someone actually stitching pieces together to make a human life. I found that fascinating! But there’s also a bit that gets me every time: it’s the end of the book, and (spoilers if you know nothing about the story!) Victor’s just died, and the Creature has come to see him, and it’s so obvious there that despite everything the Creature loved Victor and that no one can possibly hate him more than he hates himself. I think that part has always fuelled the echo/Weaver relationship in The Lost Girl.
Me : Eva is echo of Amarra, what makes Eva different from Amarra?
Sangu : Amarra is sensible, cautious. She’s quite quiet, and loving in her own way, and there’s a bitter, angry streak in her that makes her do things Eva hates her for. On the other hand Eva, too, is loving and angry, but she’s also reckless. She’s the kind of person who dreams about a better life, about adventure and excitement and survival, while Amarra is content with the life she has—apart from her constant fear that her echo will destroy everything she loves.
Me : What was it you most enjoyed about writing The Lost Girl?
Sangu : I loved the characters. I still love the characters and hope to write more about them soon. The book really began with Eva, and the story and the other characters stemmed from her, so for me the best part will always be writing dialogue, writing conflict, just getting inside characters’ heads and writing about their relationships.
Me : Tell us about your favorite scene from The Lost Girl.
Sangu : I can’t! My favorite scene from the book is full of spoilers, so if I say much it will give away a lot of things. I will say this—it’s the nursery scene.
Me : As for the two boys in The Lost Girl, Sean and Ray, tell us a little bit about them
Sangu : Sean is Eva’s youngest guardian. His father Jonathan used to be her guardian, but he died about a year before the book starts, and so Sean has replaced him. He’s very clever, very loyal, very by-the-book. Against his better judgment he cares a little more than he should about Eva, which causes all kinds of problems. Ray is Amarra’s boyfriend and when Eva arrives, she has to pretend to be Amarra and, therefore, she has to love him. Which also causes all kinds of problems!
Me : If have to define The Lost Girl in one line, what would it be?
Sangu : A heartbreaking story about death, love and one girl’s quest to live her own life.
Me : What will be the perfect title song for The Lost Girl?
Sangu : Probably ‘White Blank Page’ by Mumford & Sons. The music helped me write some of my favourite scenes in the book, and the lyrics really suit a lot of Eva’s story.
Me : I have read you journey to publication of The Lost Girl, when the manuscript were rejected, what was your feelings, and how did it help to move on with you writing? Any tips for the aspiring authors?
Sangu : The manuscript was rejected a few times before my agent wanted it, yes! It was hard each time and no matter what anyone else, I don’t think it’s possible to ever become immune to rejections. But I loved the story so much that I didn't want to give up on it. I believed it was good enough to get somewhere and I was determined to make it happen. I tried writing other things in the meantime, as a distraction, but the thing that helped the most was really, truly believing in the book. It was like Armour.
To other aspiring authors : don’t give up. I’m sure everyone tells you that, but it’s true. If you believe in your story enough, you will get there. And maybe not with this book, or the next, but it will happen eventually. I sent out six different manuscripts before landing on The Lost Girl. The other thing I would say is write your book for you, not for anyone else. You’re the only person who matters. If you start writing for someone else, or because you think you’re writing what the market wants, you’ll never love the story like you need to. And have fun!
Now the giveaway. Random House India was kind of to offer an copy of The Lost Girl to all the residents of all Asian countries. You can be the lucky one.
The giveaway is open until 13th November.
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