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Shveta Thakrar is a writer of South Asian–flavored fantasy, part-time nagini, and full-time believer in magic. Her debut novel Star Daughter is coming 11 August 2020 from HarperTeen, and her short fiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. When not spinning stories about spider silk and shadows, magic and marauders, and courageous girls illuminated by dancing rainbow flames, Shveta crafts, devours books, daydreams, travels, bakes, and occasionally even plays her harp.

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Shveta Thakrar Hi! Thank you for the question. Star Daughter is one hundred percent a standalone, and I'm currently working on a different book. :)
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“When you put yourself on the page, but it will never be good enough for anyone else, when your raw, bloody heart's smashed into letters and words and paragraphs--can't they see the gore still dripping? What more do they want?-- and none of it matters?”
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“Her arms went around herself, but no matter how tightly she pressed, it came nowhere near a hug.”
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“I want to talk about creating your life. There’s a quote I love, from the poet Mary Oliver, that goes:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

I so clearly remember what it was like, being young and always in the grip of some big fat daydream. I wanted to be a writer always, but more than that, I wanted to have an extraordinary life. I’m sure I dreamed it a million different ways, and that plenty of them were ridiculous, but I think the daydreams were training for writing, and I also think they spurred me to pursue my dreams for real.

Daydreaming, however awesome it is, is passive. It happens in your head. Learning to make dreams real is another matter, and I think it should be the work of your life. Everyone’s life, whatever their dream (unless their dream is to be an axe murderer or something.)

It took me a while to finish a book. Too long. And you know, it doesn’t matter how good a writer you are unless you finish what you start! I think this is the hardest part for most people who want to write. I was in my mid-30s before I figured it out. The brain plays tricks. You can be convinced you’re following your dream, or that you’re going to start tomorrow, and years can pass like that. Years.

The thing is, there will be pressure to adjust your expectations, always shrinking them, shrinking, shrinking, until they fit in your pocket like a folded slip of paper, and you know what happens to folded slips of paper in your pocket. They go through the wash and get ruined. Don’t ever put your dream in your pocket. If you have to put it somewhere, get one of those holsters for your belt, like my dad has for his phone, so you can whip it out at any moment.

Hello there, dream.

Also, don’t be realistic. The word “realistic” is poison. Who decides?

And “backup plan” is code for, “Give up on your dreams,” and everyone I know who put any energy into a backup plan is now living that backup plan instead of their dream. Put all your energy into your dream. That’s the only way it will ever become real.

The world at large has this attitude, “What makes you so special that you think you deserve an extraordinary life?”

Personally, I think the passion for an extraordinary life, and the courage to pursue it, is what makes us special. And I don’t even think of it as an “extraordinary life” anymore so much as simple happiness. It’s rarer than it should be, and I believe it comes from creating a life that fits you perfectly, not taking what’s already there, but making your own from scratch.

You can let life happen to you, or you can happen to life. It’s harder, but so much better.”
Laini Taylor

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.”
Mary Oliver, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
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“the stars began to burn
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“A library is infinity under a roof.”
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Shveta Thakrar Crowinator wrote: "Hello back at you! (c: I just noticed your profile says you're working on a YA novel -- how is that coming? The blurb sounds so intriguing."

Oh, yay, I'm so glad you think so! *beam* I'm planning to start querying agents this October; right now, I'm revising the novel one last time. Wish me luck!


Crowinator Hello back at you! (c: I just noticed your profile says you're working on a YA novel -- how is that coming? The blurb sounds so intriguing.


Shveta Thakrar Grace wrote: "Hey lovely lady! Fancy meeting you here! <3"

<3!!!


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Grace Hey lovely lady! Fancy meeting you here! <3


Shveta Thakrar Vinaya wrote: "Where is my review copy, huh? I am waiting with bated breath, here, I might suffocate!! ;)"

Hmm, I thought the editrix had already sent them out! I'll ping her (I know she's been a bit under the weather). <3


Vinaya Where is my review copy, huh? I am waiting with bated breath, here, I might suffocate!! ;)


Shveta Thakrar Mello wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friendship :)"

I forgot to answer this earlier, but of course! I love following your reviews. :)


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John Egbert Thank you for accepting my friendship :)


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