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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Star-Touched Stories Blog Tour: Interview with Roshani Chokshi

Hi guys! Today it's my pleasure to welcome Roshani Chokshi back to Brittany's Book Rambles for a second interview to promote Star-Touched Stories! I hope you guys enjoy it ^_^

Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: August 7, 2018
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world.

Death and Night  
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

Poison and Gold 
Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Gauri and Vikram's new reign presents itself, she will have to battle her insecurities and maybe, along the way, find love.

Rose and Sword 
There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling.
Connect with Roshani: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

Did you have any of these stories in mind before you wrote The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen was like Paradise Lost fanfic…so a little bit, yeah!

Why did you feel it was important to add Star-Touched Stories to this world you've created? What do you want readers to gain from the stories? Do you think there are any more stories to tell from the Star-Touched world, and if so, who you most like to write about next? 

For me, this collection of stories is my farewell to the world that I created. It was extremely cathartic to write these three stories. I want readers to gain a sense of closure. I want readers to feel as much as I did when I with the stories. Who can say whether or not there are more stories left to tell in this world? ;)

What was your favorite scene to write from Star-Touched Stories, and what was your favorite scene to write from the whole series? 
Honestly, my favorite scene that I wrote was the last scene in the last story. I think you'll see why. As for my favorite scene that I wrote from the whole series, I think it would have to be the moment when Maya first enters the Night Bazaar.

How is writing short stories different than writing a full-length book? How different is it to write YA and MG? How has your writing evolved? 

Writing short stories is really different from writing a full-length book because you're ultimately writing to a punchline in a shorter amount of space. There is less space to explore so the language must be very deliberate. I think my writing has evolved to become a lot more character focused than I once was. I still love gorgeous, decadent prose, but I believe that the best kind of language is that which is emotionally filtered through the feelings of a character.

If you could collaborate on a new book with any author (living or dead) who would it be, and why? 

I would die to collaborate with Holly Black . . .

Brittany: Thank you, Roshani, for being on the blog today! 

If you haven't read The Star-Touched Queen before, check out my very first interview with Roshani and if that doesn't convince you to pick up this beautiful series, I don't know what will xD

Have you guys read The Star-Touched Queen? How about A Crown of Wishes? Which one is your favorite? ^_^


  1. Ahh this is an awesome interview! (And I would die to read that collaboration between Roshani Chokshi and Holly black?! *starts begging the bookish universe to make that happen* 😂😍) Also that cover is GORGEOUS. I need to catch up and read book 2 before this but it's awesome she had the chance to also tell these short stories before saying goodbye to the world!

  2. I love what Roshani said about character development being more important than prose. I totally agree with that--beautiful writing will get people to appreciate you, but making characters that people really FEEL? They'll absolutely love you for that. ♥

  3. Love the interview. Paradise Lost fanfic? Oh curious! :D Also, Holly Black? Feel ya there! :D

  4. Love this interview! I totally agree with Roshani on 'the best kind of language is that which is emotionally filtered through the feelings of a character' - because my all-time favorite books end up my favorites because I feel so much for a character <3 That said, I haven't read her booksyet, even though they've been on my TBR forever so I should really get on that!

  5. Oh, it's awesome interview! Thank you!
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  6. What a great interview! I loved this book of short stories, and I think it was a great ending to the series, but of course I'd never say no if Roshani returned to the world one day.

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

  7. Love this interview post :D Thank you for sharing Brittany. <3 I have not read any of her books yet, aack, but I do own them all :D Yay. So, one day ;)

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