Soul Coin is set in India and the flavor of that country really comes through in this story. This is one country I’ve never visited, so I have to rely on my East Indian friends and what I’ve read about it. But here’s some interesting things I’ve learned from afar.
Once a colony of Great Britain, today 125 million of its inhabitants speak English. The U.S. is the only country with more English speakers. If it weren’t for this linga franca, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to talk to each other in India. There is no national language, but there are a multitude of regional dialects.
Want to test your knowledge of India? Try these True/False Questions and next week I’ll be back with the answers–I hope.
- Salman Rushdie’s novel, Midnight’s Children, describes English as the native tongue of children born in the 1950s.
- While the surname, Souza, is Portugese, it’s a common name in parts of India.
Now I want you to meet another author from Full Dark. Here she is!
Laura Rich is an emerging author of young adult fantasy fiction about witches. She loves to read in a hammock with a glass of iced tea, bake cookies, garden and dress up for Halloween as (you guessed it) a witch. She lives in Texas with her family and works as full-time project manager. Magic may be involved in pulling all this off.
Hi! I’m Laura Rich, author of Soul Coin, a short story about a young woman who thinks might makes right. Indira began her life as a sidekick in my novelette, The Binding Witch and the Fortune Taker. As every sidekick has a good backstory that doesn’t always make it to the page, I decided Indira deserved one when Melissa Maygrove mentioned she was publishing a benefit anthology under the theme, What Happens in the Dark Will Come to Light. Soul Coin was born shortly after and accepted into the anthology, Full Dark, which was released on October 30, 2017. Indira’s story is not over and you’ll definitely see more of her in the Kate Roark Magic Series. I hope you check it out! If you like it and want to see more of Indira, sign up for updates here.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.” Robert Benchley