It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday! I am beyond pleased to host Amita Trasi author of The Color of our Sky (see my review here). It currently has a 4.29 rating on Goodreads and a 4.5 star rating on Amazon as well as being a Finalist for the International Book Awards in the Fiction: Multicultural category. So in short, this book is a must read.
In addition to her interview Amita is generously giving away a print copy of The Color of our Sky (US shipping only). To enter, just comment why this book appeals to you. The giveaway will be open until Monday, September 7, 2015 9:59 p.m. MST. I will then use Random.org to select the winner. So let’s get started!
Congratulations to our winner Carol!
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing. I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. I write fiction that is mostly inspired by people who have struggled long and hard in their lives. My words echo their will to survive under dire circumstances. India is a country filled with traditions and often, children are exploited in the name of tradition. The one thing I truly find remarkable in many such children is their spirit to endure, something that inevitably gets translated into my writing. Other than that, I love traveling to different countries to understand different cultures. I also regularly support, volunteer and donate to organizations that fight human trafficking and encourage people to do so. It’s a cause dear to my heart!
1) Why should people read your book? My novel is about the friendship between two girls— one who comes back to look for her friend in order to find redemption for a crime she had committed when she was thirteen, and another who is trying to escape the legacy of temple prostitution, a tradition prevalent in certain parts of India. This novel exposes deeper traits in the fabric of Indian culture —the way many people grapple with traditions and are not willing to let go of them, and how the caste system affects lives on a daily basis—all seen through the eyes of these two girls whose unlikely friendship questions everything that is often taken for granted in this country. It also takes the reader on a journey into India’s dark underbelly, offering a view of the reality of human trafficking in India and how traditions and circumstances force young girls into prostitution. So anyone who is interested in knowing more about this aspect of India would be interested in reading this book.
2) Where is your favorite place to write? My living room couch (I prefer writing longhand) although sometimes I end up typing on my computer in my study just to save time.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)? We recently moved into a new house. So I am busy buying furniture and decorating my home. I am also busy with social media & publicity campaigns since the book’s release. I do find time to read and write on a daily basis though.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)? I love to re-read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, just because it keeps me focused on what I am doing in the moment. I think it’s an incredibly powerful book.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile? I am very keen to read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I’ve heard so much about it. I just picked it up from my library.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first? Only Time by Enya – she’s one of my favorite artists along with Kevin Kern (the pianist)
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)? I can tell time (quite accurately) without a watch- anytime of the day. Don’t ask me how I do that…I really don’t know!
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer? What do you like and dislike about reviewing books? Laura – What I like – I like helping people find a book or author they may not have heard of. And I like helping authors promote books I liked. I love the interaction I get with some of the authors (authors to me are on par with rock stars) through my reviews. What I dislike – Authors are real people, so I know if I don’t like a book they could read my review and be hurt. However, I need to be honest and review on my perceptions of the book. Also I sometimes overcommit and have a large stack to review and I would like to watch TV or just futz around the internet but need to read. But I strive to remain professional and post my reviews on time, so I am trying to work on my scheduling.
Again for your chance to win a print copy of The Color of our Sky please leave a comment letting us know what makes you want to read this book.