Author Roundtable: South Asian Fantasy (with Gourav Mohanty, R.R. Virdi, Aparna Verma, Gautam Bhatia & Tashan Mehta)

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Jul 28 2023 • 1 hr 26 mins

Join authors Gourav Mohanty, R.R. Virdi, Aparna Verma, Gautam Bhatia and Tashan Mehta for another FanFiAddict author roundtable! During the discussion, these five talented authors share their takes on SOUTH ASIAN FANTASY, exploring the growth of speculative fiction in South Asia and its diaspora, the ability for South Asian authors to represent their culture/heritage in their work, how fantasy plays into their own history/religion/mythology, publishing struggles and successes and more.

This is the sixth edition of our monthly AUTHOR ROUNDTABLE series, where we bring a handful of authors together to discuss a topic related to SF/F/H, writing craft, publishing and more.


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Gourav Mohanty is the author of Sons of Darkness, his debut novel. Find Gourav on ⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠his personal website.⁠⁠

R.R. Virdi is the bestselling, award-nominated author of The First Binding, The Grave Report series, The Books of Winter series and more. ⁠The First Binding⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ is available now via Tor Books. Find Ronnie on ⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠his personal website⁠⁠.⁠⁠

Aparna Verma is the author of The Phoenix King, her debut novel (which was previously self-published as The Boy with Fire). Find Aparna on ⁠Twitter⁠, ⁠Amazon⁠ and ⁠her personal website⁠.

Gautam Bhatia is a constitutional lawyer and the author of The Wall, The Horizon and more. He is also the co-ordinating editor of Strange Horizons, a weekly online magazine of fantasy and science fiction. Find Gautam on ⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠ and Linktree.⁠⁠⁠

Tashan Mehta is the author of Mad Sisters of Esi, forthcoming from HarperCollins India in winter 2023, and The Liar’s Weave, her debut novel. Find Tashan on ⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠her personal website.⁠⁠⁠


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Outro: “⁠Galactic Synthwave⁠” by Divion

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