Friday, 12 October 2012

Exclusive Interview with Author Sangu Mandana + The Lost Girl Giveaway (Asia Only)

Me : Welcome to my blog, and congratulation on the success of The Lost Girl. As we know that The Lost Girl is inspired from Frankenstein, what was the most touching thing about Frankenstein that made you think about The Lost Girl?

Sangu : The thing that inspired the story, really, was the general idea of someone actually stitching pieces together to make a human life. I found that fascinating! But there’s also a bit that gets me every time: it’s the end of the book, and (spoilers if you know nothing about the story!) Victor’s just died, and the Creature has come to see him, and it’s so obvious there that despite everything the Creature loved Victor and that no one can possibly hate him more than he hates himself. I think that part has always fuelled the echo/Weaver relationship in The Lost Girl.

Me : Eva is echo of Amarra, what makes Eva different from Amarra?

Sangu : Amarra is sensible, cautious. She’s quite quiet, and loving in her own way, and there’s a bitter, angry streak in her that makes her do things Eva hates her for. On the other hand Eva, too, is loving and angry, but she’s also reckless. She’s the kind of person who dreams about a better life, about adventure and excitement and survival, while Amarra is content with the life she has—apart from her constant fear that her echo will destroy everything she loves.

Me : What was it you most enjoyed about writing The Lost Girl?

Sangu : I loved the characters. I still love the characters and hope to write more about them soon. The book really began with Eva, and the story and the other characters stemmed from her, so for me the best part will always be writing dialogue, writing conflict, just getting inside characters’ heads and writing about their relationships.

Me : Tell us about your favorite scene from The Lost Girl.

Sangu : I can’t! My favorite scene from the book is full of spoilers, so if I say much it will give away a lot of things. I will say this—it’s the nursery scene.

Me : As for the two boys in The Lost Girl, Sean and Ray, tell us a little bit about them

Sangu : Sean is Eva’s youngest guardian. His father Jonathan used to be her guardian, but he died about a year before the book starts, and so Sean has replaced him. He’s very clever, very loyal, very by-the-book. Against his better judgment he cares a little more than he should about Eva, which causes all kinds of problems. Ray is Amarra’s boyfriend and when Eva arrives, she has to pretend to be Amarra and, therefore, she has to love him. Which also causes all kinds of problems!

Me : If have to define The Lost Girl in one line, what would it be?

Sangu : A heartbreaking story about death, love and one girl’s quest to live her own life.

Me : What will be the perfect title song for The Lost Girl?

Sangu : Probably ‘White Blank Page’ by Mumford & Sons. The music helped me write some of my favourite scenes in the book, and the lyrics really suit a lot of Eva’s story.

Me : I have read you journey to publication of The Lost Girl, when the manuscript were rejected, what was your feelings, and how did it help to move on with you writing? Any tips for the aspiring authors?

Sangu : The manuscript was rejected a few times before my agent wanted it, yes! It was hard each time and no matter what anyone else, I don’t think it’s possible to ever become immune to rejections. But I loved the story so much that I didn't want to give up on it. I believed it was good enough to get somewhere and I was determined to make it happen. I tried writing other things in the meantime, as a distraction, but the thing that helped the most was really, truly believing in the book. It was like Armour.

To other aspiring authors : don’t give up. I’m sure everyone tells you that, but it’s true. If you believe in your story enough, you will get there. And maybe not with this book, or the next, but it will happen eventually. I sent out six different manuscripts before landing on The Lost Girl. The other thing I would say is write your book for you, not for anyone else. You’re the only person who matters. If you start writing for someone else, or because you think you’re writing what the market wants, you’ll never love the story like you need to. And have fun!

Now the giveaway. Random House India was kind of to offer an copy of The Lost Girl to all the residents of all Asian countries. You can be the lucky one.
The giveaway is open until 13th November.


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26 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by who's breathing copy would you be?

    Thanks anyway

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  2. Well, what I meant is if you had a chance be a living copy of someone else, who would it be?

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  4. I would like to be Princess Kate :D I love a fairytale ending. Thanks for the chance to win :D I accidentally entered without putting the link. I promoted this giveaway on our facebook page :D

    Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Book-Whales-Reviews/307110306035128

    -Dannielle

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  5. I really hope I can have this book. I want to have a look inside this and try to feel the characters, after all.

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  6. I'll be quiet honest, I don't think I would want to be anyone's breathing copy.

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  7. I would want to be a breathing copy of Willie Wonka :)

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  8. I would love to be a breathing copy of Marily Monroe. ;)

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  9. Hmmm, it's tough to choose someone I'd actually really want to be, but if I HAD to be a breathing copy of someone... Stephen King- that way his books would never stop coming out (although I guess I'd have to be the one writing them...) and I could pee standing up, which while I don't have envy, it would be nice and it would make life a bit easier.

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  10. I am pretty happy and content with myself actually and whomever I think of has just as many flaws as me so I'll stick with myself for the time being :)

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  11. I would love to be someone, anyone actually, from Harry Potter. That would be so cool. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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  12. Eep. That question is a bit hard. :O I can't think of anyone, maybe just stick to myself. I don't really want to imitate anyone or live like how the other people live theirs. I'll just try to live responsibly plus rightfully. ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway, Soumi! :)

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  13. what a great interview! i really loved the lost girl. wish i would live in asia right now :( but i live at the most southern tip of africa -sigh
    so no luck for me
    thanks for sharing this though honestly love the book even more now. Sangu is such a talented writer and i am looking forward to reading many books of heres :)

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  14. I am very happy with who am I but if, for a change, I could perceive life from someone else's point of view - I would be love to be Michael Jackson :)
    Great Interview and thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I don't want to be the breathing copy of anyone else. We are all incredible in our own way, and I'm happy being myself. (Flaws and all. lol)

    Lost Girl sounds like an engrossing story. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  16. I'll play! I would want to be Elena from the Vampire Diaries but I would choose Damon instead of Stefan!

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  17. I wouldn't want to be anyone else but if I had to choose it'll be Hermione Granger, but I wouldn't want to be with Ron, or IDK, maybe I will since I'll be Hermione. LOL

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  18. I dont want to be anyone else, and seriously, a breathing copy is so cool. But I still want to be ME
    thanks for the awesome giveaway, Soumi

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  19. This book sounds excellent! This book went straight to the top of my to-read list. I love when authors provide their music playlist for their book, because music is an integral part of my own reading and writing experiences.

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  20. I'd like to be (but only for a day or so) Rose Hathaway, or maybe Zoey Redbird, or Cammie Morgan, or Diana Chamberlain :D

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  21. I think I like being me so yeah no breathing copy for me! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Ehehe I wonder now if I can be a breathing copy of one of the New Zealand Cricketers! massive Fan! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

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