In light of what’s happening in America right now, I think this conversation is a little too timely. But please give it a listen. It’s about twenty-five minutes long.
I am so thrilled to announce I’m now represented by Beth Phelan of the Bent Agency! 😀
This was the second time I submitted to literary agents, and unlike when I queried my first novel (a horrible year or so of rejections that really washed the stars from my eyes), I was lucky enough to have referrals from wonderful people. So starting in mid-August, I had five amazing agents looking at Star Daughter, my young adult fantasy about a girl whose mother is a star, and I got both R&Rs (revise-and-resubmit requests) and offers. I’m just going to say that this was the hardest decision of my life. (People who were at Sirens with me can confirm this.)
So I won’t say the stars are back in my eyes–I’m looking at everything from a business standpoint this time around–but I am deeply, incredibly grateful so many people believe in me and my work and want to see me succeed, and I feel so loved. Instead, the stars will stay in Star Daughter! (And occasionally in my hair.)
(Honestly, I’m still in shock that any of this actually happened.)
I’m sooooo excited! 😀 Now to get revising . . .
Hi! I just returned from another gorgeous Sirens Conference (and was too swamped beforehand to remember to announce it here), but it’s already time to share more scheduling news! I’ll be at FaerieCon with some of my favorite people (including Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, Grace Nuth, and Holly Black). This year’s event will be honoring the thirty-year anniversary of Labyrinth, and Wendy and Toby Froud will be in attendance. I hope you’ll come out and play, too.
Saturday, 5 November
11:00–12:00 Panel: Folklore and World-Building feat. Danielle Ellison (mod), Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, Holly Black, Shveta Thakrar, Diana Peterfreund
Sunday, 6 November
11:00–12:00 Shveta Thakrar: Magical and Monstrous Female Beings in South Asian Myth and Folklore
So after a lot of hard work, the scroll stories have been finished and mailed out in the Sihaya and Company autumnal quarterly box. (Lisa Gill, art director of Faerie magazine, arranged my words in a gorgeous layout, and I painted, glued, repainted, reglued, and otherwise assembled. And then did emergency dowel cap paint repair.) I’m incredibly proud of the result and thought you might like to see how they turned out, both story-wise and as objects, so here you go! Notice they’re appropriately illuminated by my new moon lamp and ringed by my blue pumpkin collection. (The speckled one in the center is a gift from my dear friend and fellow authoress Cindy Pon, whose husband made it.)
(Also pictured are the other contents of the box: tea, sugar skulls, a scented candle, perfume oil, soap, eye shadow, and a enamel bat pin.)
(“Autumn Jewels” is a flash story about autumn leaves, stories, witchy creatures from Hindu lore, and moons.)
(A close-up of Lisa’s gorgeous graphic design work. I adore it.)
(The completed scrolls ready to be sent out to Sihaya and Company.)
(My scroll hanging on the side of a pink-and-purple-and-turquoise bookcase in my dreaming room.)
I mentioned awhile back that I was invited to submit an essay to a really important and exciting feminist anthology for tweens and teens, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, edited by the fantastic Kelly Jensen, and now the cover is live! Go have a look (and you can preorder it here!). It’s got some amazing contributors, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
I just learned my latest poem is out, “जंगली गुलाब/Jangli Gulaab (Briar Rose),” in Ad Astra.
And you can read it here! Hope you like it.
If you missed it the first time, “Hungry” has been reprinted in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. Enjoy!
I’ve been waiting to share this! I’ll let the Publishers Weekly announcement speak for itself (except that my name isn’t in it, but I can assure you I’ll have a story in the anthology just the same 😉 ).
You can add it to your Goodreads list here!
I’m so excited to share this with you! I’m going to have a story (presented as a scroll which you can hang or roll up) in the autumn quarterly box from Sihaya and Company. This is the brainchild of jeweler Christina Allen Page of Sihaya Designs, and I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with her.
The theme for Autumn is Sisterhood of the Moon — we’re going to put you under our spell! Full of witchy delights, it is sure to bring some magic into your Fall season.
The Box Will Feature:
* A delightfully spooky enamel pin by Cat Coven.
* An exclusive 3g mini highlighter by Corvus Cosmetics.
* A small package of skull-shaped sugar cubes by Dem Bones.
* An exclusive 1 oz specialty tea by Dryad Tea presented in a blue glass jar.
* An 8 oz candle by Sihaya & Company. Sisterhood of the Moon: Amber, crackling fires, woody oakmoss, and warm vanilla.
* An exclusive 6ml perfume by Sixteen92. Liber Officiorum Spirituum: Ancient parchment, leather bindings, smoldering resins, frankincense tears, ritual candles, black fire, soot, steel, dust and smoke.
* A beautifully-presented short story by Rhysling-nominated author, Shveta Thakrar.
* A wonderfully witchy full size black soap by Villainess Soaps. Autumn Armour: a protection spell in a bar of soap.
Hi! I’m pleased to share my story about a hungry rakshasi with you today and hope you’ll check it out. It’s part of a Summer Fling showcase hosted by the lovely people behind The Hanging Garden Tumblr.
“Hungry” was written in response to this GIF:
And a little info on rakshasas and rakshasis for the curious.
Also, stay tuned: a post about desi fantasy is coming!