Meet the Newbies: Aditi Khorana


Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Aditi's book is another debut I am highly excited to read this year. I heard about it right after the PW book deal announcement, and I was hooked from the very first pitch. Add a thought-provoking detailed synopsis and a beautiful cover, and we have a winner! Introducing... Aditi Khorana! :)

Author Most Likely To Be Reading Novels Under Her Desk in Class

Nickname: Brooder
First Day of School: June 21st, 2016
Homeroom: Razorbill/Penguin
Grade: Speculative/Contemporary Fiction
Extracurricular Activities: Swim Team, Astronomy Club, Amnesty International, Debate Team
Favorite Class: Philosophy
Favorite Quote/Motto: "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." --T.S. Eliot

Interview:


1. Describe your book in 5 words.
prep meets mirror earth discovery

2. If you met an alternate version of yourself on another planet, how would you react? What would you do?
This is such a great question! I'd be amazed, shocked, speechless. I'm sure I'd want to sit down with her over a cup of tea or a glass of wine and totally interrogate her about her life and her past and try to parse out the similarities and differences between us. I'd ask her everything she's learned over the course of her existence, I'd be curious to see if she made certain choices that were different from my own, or if her life played out in a different way. And then, that's it. I'm not sure if I'd want to see her again.

3. What do you hope people learn from reading your novel?
That everyone has vulnerabilities and frailties that are difficult to impossible to reveal. Also, that everyone has moments where they question the choices they've made, whether large or small. I think we all do that thing where we're like "what would have happened if I had gone to a different college/dated or married someone else/attempted a different profession?" This book is really about these questions and how we choose to address them or grapple with them.

4. Can you share some writing advice for aspiring authors?
Read everything and observe the world around you, taking notes. Watch the way people talk, the things they say to one another. Develop an ear for dialogue, an eye for observation. Try and put something down on the page every day.

Some of my favorite books about writing are On Story by Stephen King, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Wabi Sabi for Writers by Richard R. Powell.


5. What do you know now about publishing (or writing) that you wish you knew when you first started?
That it's really like running a marathon. You have to love the process. The external, tangible rewards come much later so it's good to have an in-built reward system for what you're able to accomplish in the short-term. I also learned that while writing is solitary, publishing is a very collaborative process, so if you have the luxury to choose your agent/editor/publishing house, choose people you think you'd really enjoy working with and who have a vision for your book that's aligned with your own.
6. Which 2016 debut novels would you recommend to others?
I LOVED The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood, The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry, You know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina Lacour and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

About the Book:

For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.

As the world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.

As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth--and for Tara--will ever be the same again.

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About the Author:

Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Global Media and Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including FOX, Paramount and SONY.

MIRROR IN THE SKY is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA's eclectic and wonderful architecture.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram 

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3 comments:

  1. Great interview! This book sounds fascinating!! I love the "what-if"s it explores. This is definitely going onto my TBR!

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  2. I have been so excited for this book since I first heard about it! One of my highly awaited debuts! The idea of paralel universes is so compelling!
    Cannot wait for my preorder to arrive!
    Great interview Rachel!

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  3. Oh this book sounds so amazing! So interesting and fascinating! I love stories about alternate universes, with another version of yourself and all the "what-if". I'm adding it to my TBR right now. Loved the interview!

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