Author Interview with Archana Prasanna

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I’m hosting an interview with author Archana Prasanna today, the author of “Ganges Boy”, a coming of age / drama novel.

Bold are my questions.

1) Please tell us about yourself

Archana Prasanna is a Washington, DC native, but has experienced living in England and India. Growing up around the world has been a source of inspiration for her writing. Archana has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from Syracuse University. She began writing news articles that appeared in The Washington Post, pr.com, and The Collegiate Times. Ganges Boy is her first novel.

 2) Tell us about your book in three sentences or less.

I’ve touched on aspects of religion, relationships, and status, but when you filter all that out, you’re left with a story about growing up and becoming who you are meant to be while holding onto the right ideals despite difficult circumstances.

 3) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

For fiction writers, I would say, find you voice and inspiration, then just go with it. See where your creativity takes you and keep pushing forward. Keep writing.

 
4) Where did you get the inspiration for Ganges Boy from?

Initially, I found inspiration from Tobias Wolff’s memoir, This Boy’s Life because I love coming of age stories. I knew I wanted to write something similar but have a totally different setting and backdrop. Everything else is basically a reflection of my culture, travels, emotions, and even my beliefs and frustrations.

5) If you could meet three authors – dead or alive – which ones would you choose?

Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, and Arundhati Roy.

 
6) Tell us about your current work in progress.

Right now I’m just brainstorming and playing around with a few plot lines. I’m not in a hurry to put together a novel or anything because I’m still taking in the experience of releasing my first piece of fiction and milking it for all its worth.

About Ganges Boy

16087604Title: Ganges Boy

Author: Archana Prasanna

Genre: Fiction / Coming of Age / Drama

 Ganges Boy is a profound coming of age tale, set against the backdrop of the fascinating city of Varanasi, India. Kabir is an orphaned adolescent slumdog struggling to cope with the loss of his murdered mother. He tries to navigate the harsh reality of street life before getting submerged in a foreign world of luxury where he is forced to discover his own self-identity. The riches of his new life are overshadowed by the greed and immoral behavior he witnesses. This is the story of good and evil, riches and poverty, and the fight of a boy to keep his ideals no matter where he is. Kabir’s journey is emotionally engaging as his colorful experiences give insight into the lives of street children in Varanasi.

 Author Bio

Archana Prasanna is a Washington, DC native, but has experienced living in England and India. Growing up around the world has been a source of inspiration for her writing. Archana has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from Syracuse University. She began writing news articles that appeared in The Washington Post, pr.com, and The Collegiate Times. Ganges Boy is her first novel.

 Links

archanaprasanna.com

http://www.koehlerbooks.com/books/ganges-boy/

http://www.amazon.com/Ganges-Boy-Archana-Prasanna/dp/1938467388

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