Hello all, I hope you’re all well and having a great week so far. Firstly, many thanks to Hayley at ED Public Relations for inviting me on the Storm Sisters: The Sinking World blog tour. Today I’m thrilled to be bringing you my Q&A with the lovely author Mintie Das herself, I hope you find these questions and answers as entertaining and interesting as I have, enjoy!
When did you know you were going to be a writer?
I’ve always loved books and have wanted to be a writer since before I began school. I even wrote stories until about junior high and received great feedback from teachers. However, shortly after that, I was deterred from my dream by my well-meaning father and grew afraid to write. Then, at the age of twenty-seven, I reached a miserable place in my life and decided to ‘write myself out of it.’ At first, it was just for myself but then as I started to acknowledge the absolute joy that writing brought me, I decided that I was going to pursue my lifelong dream of writing.
What is your all time favourite book, and why?
How can you choose just one??? I’ve seriously rewritten this answer four times because I can’t decide. But since I eventually have to give you this, I’m going to pick one and say The Beautiful Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and just possesses you. Beautiful prose and in that way that Fitzgerald does so well, the characters are gorgeously flawed. I hope to never meet such people yet I can’t stop wondering, even years after reading the book, where they are and what they’re doing. Fitzgerald is best know for The Great Gatsby but to me, The Beautiful Damned is his masterpiece. And because I know that I’ll be waking up in a cold sweat if I don’t mention these, a close second: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend, The World According To Garp by John Irving and so many more!!!
What/Who inspired you to write Storm Sisters?
The idea about girl pirates came from Rovio’s publishing division (now known as Kaiken). However, they really gave me complete freedom and a lot of trust to create the story, the characters and the world. My three main editors encouraged me to go deeper and their belief in me was instrumental to the writing- we created Storm Sisters together. As we’re now in the third book (Storm Sisters is a five book series), it continues to be a true collaboration.
Is there a character from Storm Sisters who you relate to the most and why?
They are all a part of me. I hear them, see them and taken them with me everywhere I go. Pretty much with everything I do, especially when I’m travelling, I think about how would Raquel like this or Charlie would hate this, etc. It probably sounds a bit wacko but I couldn’t write them as five, multi-dimensional characters if I didn’t feel them all.
What does feminism mean to you?
If Storm Sisters were to be turned into a film adaption, which actresses/actors would you like to star?
It’s cheeky but I’m going to answer this with not who could be cast but favourite actresses that are so versatile, they could do anything. Charlie- Cate Blanchett, Sadie- Viola Davis, Raquel- Penelope Cruz, Liu- Michelle Yeoh and Ingela- Amy Schumer.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Outline for sure. Since Storm Sisters spans five books, has a large cast, travels around the globe and has lots of plot twists, I had to know how it was all going to pan out by book 5 before I wrote my first word. Having said that, once I start writing, I let the story take me where it needs to.
You’ve been given 3 wishes, what would they be?
#1- To be invisible so I could go around listening to and observing people without them knowing. A writer’s dream!
#2- To have Beyonce, Oprah, Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Judy Blume on speed dial.
#3- To be able to go back in time for just one day every week for the rest of my life.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m working on Storm Sisters: Ocean of Secrets, the third book of the series. Also, I can’t say very much now but there’s an international Storm Sisters TV series in development which I’m busy with.
Lastly, do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
It’s cliche but don’t give up. I think for most of us, rejection is part of the process but find a way to work through it and write, write, write.
Thank you so much to Mintie for answering these questions, and I am intrigued about the TV series and what’s next for these girls! I’m loving this book so far and I just know its going to be a great success, and I wish Mintie all the best with this exciting new series!
Storm Sisters: The Sinking World by Mintie Das ~Goodreads~
Published by Rovio Books 2016
Paperback edition 398 pages
Charlie, Sadie, Liu, Raquel, and Ingela are five young girls traveling the Seven Seas in search of their missing families, who disappeared on the infamous Day of Destruction. The girls are in great danger from sinister foes, and have created a false identity as a fierce group of pirates. As a vengeful father threatens Liu, the girls must head into uncharted waters. But how long will their disguise keep them from harm? And is it such a good idea to join forces with a group of rebellious boys from their past?
Mintie Das was born in India and raised in the US, but has traveled around the globe. She resides in Helsinki, Finland.