Like a richly woven bridal sari, The Chrysalis unfolds with vivid colorfulness, intricate details, and unexpected delight, along with plenty of wrinkles and creases. As Sarai traverses the fine line between honoring her Indian heritage and being true to her own Western mindset, her story unveils the kaleidoscope of human emotion from ecstasy to heartbreak to triumph, along with every nuance in between. The Chrysalis will quickly weave a cocoon around readers, taking them on a magical carpet ride from the US to the tropical villages of Kerala, India to the romantic canals of Venice and back. But what begins with a story of a young Indian girl facing the pressures of an arranged marriage quickly crescendos into a complex and layered story about family, love, friendship, and ultimately, about life itself—a realization that Life is truly a journey… and that it is often the dead-ends and unexpected detours we experience in Life that lead us to our ultimate destination… and to our most powerful, life-transforming Truths. Sneak Peek Bindu Adai is inspirational, romance and young-adult novel writer. She is the author of a novel, The Chrysalis, and a memoir, 38 Candles. Like many first generation Indians, Bindu started college ... Read More »
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Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to the UK, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne. In 2013, Louise won first prize in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest (historical category) for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled as, Of Love and Vengeance. When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls! BTS: What is your favorite quote? Louise: I actually have two favourite quotes. The first one is: “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it…” The second one is: “If you bang on enough doors, one is bound to open…” BTS: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Louise: Diana Gabaldon, hands down. I think if a writer can hang on to her readers and keep them interested in the same characters for over twenty years, then she really knows what she’s doing! I would love to have the opportunity to learn from her. BTS: What book are you reading now? Louise: The Seven Daughters of Eve by ... Read More »
ISSUE 4 – BTS Weekly IN THIS ISSUE: | Interview with Elaine Griffith, Fantasy/Sci-Fi Author | What’s Happening in YA at BTS eMag | BTS Book Reviews Red Carpet Awards Finalists | BTS Web Features Interview with Elaine Griffith BTS Book Reviews Daily Blog “As a young girl I didn’t just ride our old family horse; I rode a unicorn. The woods behind our home weren’t just trees; they were a vast fantasy-land of monsters and magic.” BTS: What is your next writing project? Elayne: When this interview is published, my latest story, Azimuth, will be published as well. But besides my sci-fi, nanozombie, apocaloptimist book, I’m working on the sequel to Sapphire, a comical memoir about myself and my generation, and a few other seedling ideas. I just have too many ideas and not enough time it seems. So I usually have three or four going at once. I’m masochistic that way. BTS: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about? Elayne: Fantasy and science fiction. However, fantasy is much easier as I discovered after writing Azimuth. Much more research goes into science fiction whereas fantasy can just fall out of your imagination like sundrops on a rainy day. Read the entire ... Read More »
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As a young girl I didn’t just ride our old family horse; I rode a unicorn. The woods behind our home weren’t just trees; they were a vast fantasy-land of monsters and magic. When I was a child I followed my love of imagination through art and writing. As an adult, after a college degree in art, I had forgotten my imagination. It wasn’t until I was unemployed, after numerous jobs, and completely destitute did I rediscover my true passion and remember my imagination. With nothing but my love for creativity and a tenacious desire to follow my heart, I decided to face my fears, my doubts, and create the world I always dreamed of. BTS: What is your next writing project? Elayne: When this interview is published, my latest story, Azimuth, will be published as well. But besides my sci-fi, nanozombie, apocaloptimist book, I’m working on the sequel to Sapphire, a comical memoir about myself and my generation, and a few other seedling ideas. I just have too many ideas and not enough time it seems. So I usually have three or four going at once. I’m masochistic that way. BTS: Do you have a specific writing style? Elayne: I’ve been told ... Read More »