Interview & Giveaway: Prashant Pinge, Author of Sceadu

Prashant PingeEveryone, please welcome Prashant Pinge to the blog today! We chat about fantastical creatures and great hero duos! If you want to check out the awesome giveaway (ebooks & gift card!) scroll to the bottom for all the info. Enjoy!

Given the opportunity, what fantastical beast of fiction would you like to encounter in the wild? Which would you avoid at all costs? Would you take a selfie with the beastie?

I think Griffins are magnificent beasts, and given an opportunity, meeting one in the wild would be a dream come true. It’s actually quite difficult to pick a single terrifying mythical creature given all the ones I have encountered in literature and films. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be the Minotaur. A selfie with the Griffin would be fantastic. With the Minotaur, perhaps if heavily sedated.

With the modern popularity to ebooks, a book is no longer limited to a specific genre shelf. It is now quite easy to label place an ebook in multiple genres (i.e. YA, Fantasy, Horror). How do you see this affecting readers? Have you been inadvertently lured outside your reading comfort zone? 

I would say that labeling e-books in multiple genres provides readers with an opportunity to explore books that otherwise would fall beyond their defined range of interests. I would look at this as a positive trend to move readers beyond narrow niches as long as authors don’t simply add genres to increase their reach. Personally, I always read the blurb before making a decision.

Who are some of your favorite book villains? Who are your favorite hero duos from the pages? 

Some of my favourite book villains would be Professor Moriarty, The White Witch and Lord Voldemort. My favourite hero duo would be Frodo and Sam.

What reboots (or retellings) of classics have you enjoyed? Are there ones that haven’t worked for you? 

While I certainly enjoy reading classics, my exposure to any retellings has only been through cinema. Some of the reboots I have liked are Clueless, Easy A and From Prada to Nada. War of the Worlds did not work for me.

If you could sit down and have dinner with 5 dead authors, who would you invite to the table? What would they order?

A. A. Milne (a pot of honey), Somerset Maugham (khow suey), Erle Stanley Gardner (filet mignon and baked potatoes), William Shakespeare (wine, bread, cheese), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (would share the food ordered by the others)

Cover art can be so important for a book, making or breaking sales. What cover art has caught your eye that you found stood above other books? 

The Spiderwick Chronicles, without a doubt. The quality of artwork, the imagination, the detailing – everything is superlative.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I am not writing, I enjoy collecting old coins, reading fiction, travelling to exotic destinations, watching movies, and listening to music. Occasionally, I indulge my creativity as well. For instance, I recently wrote and produced a short film titled Freedom of Expression. I am also keenly interested in the subjects of psychology, mythology and ancient history.

What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?

Fountain of youth or potion of immortality? The topic of a recent (and rather lengthy) discussion I had with a friend. The jury is still out on this one.

Info on Prashant’s latest book, Sceadu

Genre: YA fantasy fiction

Publisher: Prashant Pinge (self published)

Date of publication: Nov 10, 2014


Number of pages: 246 (in 6” x 9” PDF)

Word count: About 70,000

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Blurb/book description:

All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.

Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.

With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?

Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.

lders relaxed; he was in control, at least for the time being. There would be challenges ahead, grave ones. The boy had probably complicated things. But he could deal with all that later.

Author bio:

Prashant Pinge is a published author of short stories and books in the genres of children’s fiction and young adult fantasy fiction. He also writes historical fiction and romantic comedies. His book, Raja & the Giant Donut, was shortlisted for the Economist Crossword Book Awards in the Children’s Writing category in 2011.

Prashant lives in Mumbai, India, with his wife, Avantika, and son, Arjun.

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