A Q&A with Roshani Chokshi:
Author of A Star-Touched Queen
April 2016, St. Martin's Griffin
Q: What/Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in The Star-Touched Queen? Which character in The Star-Touched Queen did you personally relate to the most and why?
Kamala was inspired by my love of fiendish side characters like Mogget from Garth Nix’s SABRIEL and is probably the character I relate to the most. Her sense of humor can be a little abrasive. But she’s fiercely loyal to her friends. Other people in TSTQ were inspired by a collection of people whom I met/knew/heard of growing up.
Q: What scene in THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN was your favorite to write?
:Q What is your dream movie cast for STAR-TOUCHED?
Q: How did you build your world and keep everything straight for STAR-TOUCHED? Flashcards, charts, webs, etc. I know everyone has their own tricks!
Q: What is your next project? Is it in the same world as STAR-TOUCHED?
Admit it: you're curious about the book now, right? Well, why don't we set the mood with this gorgeous social whim, and then an excerpt?
By Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin **Publication Day: April 26, 2016** Hardcover | $18.99
ISBN: 9781250085474| Ebook ISBN: 9781250085481
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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...
But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.