Author Collaborative

In Conversation with Haritha Sivakumar

We judge by the best. And there is some truly excellent fantasy out there. Fantasy existed before lit fic, and if you deny those roots you’re pruning yourself so closely that you can’t help but wither and die.

– Patrick Rothfuss

Because Harry Potter was one of the first books (and series) I read, fantasy fiction is a genre close to my heart. Though it is not my most read one, I do enjoy reading it once in a while. So when I came to know about an episodic fantasy story in the genre, I wanted to give it a try. This story, titled Rubinite: The Cursed One is published episodically in every issue of BeTales Magazine. So, did I like it? Check out my short review below:

Read my full review of this story here

Haritha, the author of this story, is also the founder of this teenage magazine. She and I have known each other for a while now. So, the next step was pretty easy. She was immediately game for being a guest on the #AuthorCollaborative. Before she came on though, she read and reviewed Under the Mistletoe & Other Stories, and here’s what she thought.

Check out this book here

Today evening, we decided to understand each other’s views on writing teenage fiction.

IG Handle: @arusticmind_

Because her magazine and the story she has written for it, focus on teenagers, I wanted to understand how one can go about writing such stories. My questions to her were more or less on the same lines.

Find out Haritha’s answers to the above questions here

Haritha’s questions to me were similar, but since I have also written and published stories in other genres, hers were more in-depth.

Find out my answers to Haritha’s questions here

In today’s rapid-fire round, I had a lot of fun because our questions were spunky but so were our responses.

Find out Haritha’s answers to the above questions here
Find out my answers to the above questions here

You can have a look/see at our full conversation in the video below:

Books discussed in the session:


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