I’m hosting an interview today with author Sunayna Prasad, the author of “Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions: From Frights to Flaws”, a middle grade fantasy novel. Thanks for appearing on my blog, Sunayna!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I am going into my junior year of college. This summer I am taking drawing classes and hopefully a sewing class to help improve my work at school.
I’ve been writing stories since I was six, but almost none of them were original. I used to copy other people’s ideas and occasionally characters. I don’t remember how old I was when I learned about copyright infringement, but when I did, I felt guilty of writing those stories.
I am nineteen years old now. I live on Long Island, New York with my family. While at home and not occupied by college work, I liked to draw and use my computer. I’ve just learned how to draw realistic portraits. After a few practices, they end up not being so hard to do (depending on your artistic skills).
2) Tell us about your book in five sentences or less.
A young girl, named Alyssa McCarthy, can’t take her tough uncle anymore. But her life is about to get worse when she discovers that an evil wizard is hunting for her. The wizard kidnaps her to the Fiji Islands, and although she gets helpful mentors, she can’t go home until she defeats the evil wizard.
3) What inspired you to write From Frights to Flaws?
Before writing this book, I wrote a very amateurish and sloppy one called Alyssa’s African Adventures. I self-published it two years ago, but then people on a writing forum complained about how they couldn’t read past a certain point and that it was so awful. I rewrote that book a few times until I realized that it would be better to write a completely different book. However, I felt too uncomfortable with changing this main character’s first name and making her physical appearance completely different. But everything else in this book is different from Alyssa’s African Adventures (with the exception of the main character being twelve years old and an orphan).
A lot of the inspirations came from Harry Potter. There’s an invisibility poncho, a potion called Impersonaide Potion (which turns you into another person, but very differently than the Polyjuice potion in HP), some of the spells with similar effects (but different names, of course), and even one of the characters roots to a character from HP, which is Sirius Black. Alyssa has a godfather, who’s a minor character in this book, but will play a major role in the rest of the series (I won’t say how, though). Like Sirius, Alyssa’s godfather also has long hair and a goatee (even though Sirius may not have on in the books, just in the movies). But he has a completely different personality. He’s affectionate, sweet, cheerful, and sometimes enthusiastic. He and Sirius share no other traits.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
I can’t say exactly how much, because it varies per week. However, it’s a very large number. I may spend more time writing than doing schoolwork. Often times I get writer’s block, but more often, I spend too much time writing.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
I don’t know. But I did meet four authors, which were Gitty Daneshvari, Micol Ostow, Linda Maria Frank, and Ellen Meister in a class.
6) Tell us about your current work in progress.
It’s the sequel to this book. Another evil wizard is hunting for Alyssa and making evil increase around her. I’m still in the beginning of the writing process, so I don’t want to spoil too much. Stuff may even change by the time I’m done with it.
About From Frights to Flaws
Author: Sunayna Prasad
Genre: MG Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?
Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over thirteen years, starting at the age of six. Now nineteen, she will start her junior year of college this fall, and will study accessory design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SunaynaPrasadBooks?ref=stream