5 Minute Fiction

Author Discovery ~ Mini Interview with Krishna Udayasankar

Please welcome author Krishna Udayasankar to the blog. Her latest book, Beast, was released at the beginning of the year.

Which author do you compare your book(s)/writing style to the most?

If you mean who it is I want to be when I grow up – I suppose it’s a mix of Neil Gaiman, Isaac Asimov, Kalki Krishnamurthy…and many others. So yeah, I just named some of my favourite authors…I guess these are the authors I want to be like, there are elements of writing that I aspire to. As for who I can compare myself to – no one really. Not because I’m all that unique, but because I’m not sure I can put myself alongside giants. I’ll just stay right here and look up to them, thanks! J

What is your favorite book genre? Why?

Science Fiction and Fantasy. Because it is the most powerful genre there is, a means of questioning past, future and the status quo. Now, more than ever, with what’s going on politically and socially in many countries, SFF remains a powerful tool, a voice of dissent that needs to grow.

What is your favorite television show? Why?

I binge watch many shows (depending on who I’m crushing on at the time) and could swear by the flavor of the day. But coming to an eternal favourite, it would have to be the “Yes Minister” series, simply for its wit and wordplay.

If you could have written a popular, well-known book, what would it have been and why?

Don Quixote. Apparently, (I could be wrong) it has sold the most copies in history till date, not counting books like the Bible and The Red Book. If only I had written it, in the here and now. Imagine a book that contributes not just words but also metaphors to a language –what a powerful influence.

Having said all that, I’m not sure it’s the kind of story I’d enjoy writing or could write, so…

Using your most recent book, who would play your main character(s) in a movie?

So, my latest book is Beast – an urban fantasy thriller set in Mumbai (warning: Werelion nudity). It has been picked up by Disney/Hotstar to be made into a streaming series, so the question of who might play the main character Prithvi is all too real. And honestly, I don’t know who I’d want for the role…Hmm…Jason Momoa as werelion turned werelion hunter, anyone?

Why should your readers pick your book over a well-known author’s book?

Many reasons, but I’ll list the top three:  1. Once upon a time, well-known authors weren’t well-known; they became so because people still picked up their books. 2. Because there’s no point reading the same kind of stuff over and over and raging about why can’t books be fun and well-written at the same time, because such books do exist, along with the many invisible authors behind them. 3. It’s a good book. Since when do good books need justification? 4. Because I said three reasons, but I obviously didn’t listen. Neither do my characters. You might just enjoy meeting some of them.

What is your go-to snack?

Ummm…whiskey? Unless it’s too hot or too early in the day, in which case it’s beer. (Kids, please don’t try this at home or anywhere, really.)

You can find her on Amazon here.

Bio: Krishna Udayasankar is the author of The Aryavarta Chronicles series (Govinda, Kaurava, Kurukshetra), 3, Immortal, Objects of Affection and Beast. She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes three bookish canine children, Boozo, Zana and Maya, who are often to be found at her laptop, trying in vain to make her writing better. Krishna can be found online in the following places:

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