Spotlight: Sangu Mandanna on her Mahabharata-inspired space opera, The Celestial Trilogy

Spotlight: Sangu Mandanna on her Mahabharata-inspired space opera, The Celestial Trilogy

In just a week, the highly awaited sequel of A Spark of White Fire, which is an impressively structured space opera inspired by the Mahabharata and other Indian myths, will finally hit the bookshelves! I had just finished my reread of the first book, and I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege of reading the second installment — both of which I read just two weeks ago — and all I have to say is fasten your seatbelts because the ride is wild, bumpy, and thrilling (and the night is full of terror).

But I’m getting way ahead of myself, I think. As part of my recent blog tour for A House of Rage and Sorrow — which was aptly named as A Tour of Rage and Sorrow — I had the amazing chance to interview its author, Sangu Mandanna.

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FOLLOW ALONG: Eclipse the Skies blog tour (ft. schedule & giveaway)

FOLLOW ALONG: Eclipse the Skies blog tour (ft. schedule & giveaway)

Good morning, friends! I’m a little behind on the blogging plans that I set out to do for the month of August, which is a teeny bit disappointing because my birth month is quite special to me. Things have been overwhelmingly hectic, especially during the recent week — I was in Selangor, Malaysia from the 20th to the 25th!

I just got back and I’m still quite tired (if I’m being honest), but of course, I would not miss the official launch of this week’s blog tour, which is dedicated to Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan!

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Follow along: A House of Rage and Sorrow blog tour (ft. schedule & character naming challenge)

Follow along: A House of Rage and Sorrow blog tour (ft. schedule & character naming challenge)

Friends, let’s take a short break from all the happenings in Augvocacy 2019 and let’s turn the spotlight towards on a stunning and brilliantly evocative Mahabharata-inspired space opera novel that successfully broke my heart. Is my description too specific?

Well, if you must know, I am referring to no other than the heart-wrenching sequel to Sangu Mandanna’s A Spark of White Fire, which is entitled A House of Rage and Sorrow.

It’s bewildering how I was caught off-guard when this book shattered my soul into bleeding pieces when the word sorrow is literally in the title. Nonetheless, I am extremely excited to feature A House of Rage and Sorrow (accompanied by loving shouts and a million exclamation points!!!!!!), as well as to organize a huge international blog tour for it.

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 5 (ft. Asian soups & second book stress)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 5 (ft. Asian soups & second book stress)

We’re down to the last part of this mini-series! Just to recap, as part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Our hour-long interview resulted in a 21-page transcript, which sparked the idea for this daily mini-series!

Unlike the previous parts of this mini-series, which consisted of randomly selected questions from the blog tour hosts, Part 5 is a more formal interview with questions prepared by yours truly. Here, we will learn more about the writing process behind Jade War — with a couple of silly questions thrown in!

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 4 (ft. dragon fetuses & nonexistent writing playlists)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 4 (ft. dragon fetuses & nonexistent writing playlists)

Let’s end the day right with another session of Fonda Lee on the daily! As part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Since our conversation lasted for an hour or so (which resulted in a 21-page transcript), I’ve decided to create a mini-series of author interviews!

This is the second to the last part of the interview, and honestly, I’m a little bit sad about the idea of this mini-series reaching its end. Fonda is such a huge inspiration to me, and she’s just a really enchanting and delightful person overall.

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 3 (ft. favorite characters & family dynamics)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 3 (ft. favorite characters & family dynamics)

Another day, another dose of Fonda Lee and her fun answers! I’ll keep my needless chattering to a minimum this time. Let’s go!

As part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Since our conversation lasted for an hour or so (which resulted in a 21-page transcript), I’ve decided to create a mini-series of author interviews!

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