The Funny Bone

This Mumbai born author, with her schooling in Zambia and Muscat and then finally in Pune, found it awkward when all her classmates fumbled with numbers and wrecked their minds understanding the human body. She instead, masterminded midnight feasts and spooky ghost stories and regaled her friends with her own versions of them all. An MBA by profession, she has also worked as a copywriter in a Pune-based ad agency. But soon enough her fascination with the Halloween world, love for children and writing combined to make her take the step she had long been contemplating. This month Penguin will launch Sonja Chandrachud’s first book, starting a series on ghostly adventures for children, with humour being the twist in this tale.

* So tell us about your first novel.

The Hilarious Hauntings Adventure, is a series of fantasy adventures, with the first book, The Potion of Eternity, ready to be launched. It introduces the Von D’eth family, the weirdest, meanest and funniest assortment of ghouls, witches and yogis who find themselves embroiled in a battle of witches and witchcraft against the evil Black Magi. The Potion of Eternity is due to hit all major bookstores by mid December 2007.

* How does it feel that such a big publishing house is publishing your very first book?

It feels beyond awesome! It is every writer’s dream to see their work in print. To be published by Penguin, such a big publishing house, is fantastic. When I decided to approach them, I was warned by many to be prepared for a long wait and possible rejection as Penguin has extremely stringent manuscript submission guidelines. But contrary to my apprehensions, Penguin was extremely enthusiastic and I was soon signed on.

* How did you come up with the concept?

Fantasy adventure stories that served up rib tickling humour like Asterix and Obelix are still my favorites. And this genre of writing that allows one to chuckle while trying to outwit the enemy, inspired me to think along the same lines. And truly speaking, one fine night, the Von D’eth’s Family just swooshed into my imagination and began to brew The Potion of Eternity. By morning, every single character was ready in my mind to enter the story.

* Have Harry Potter and JK Rowling also been an inspiration?

I believe it is a better version of Harry Potter, as Harry Potter was a serious series, but my book has a humorous touch in it, that makes it unique and a light hearted read. Asterix and Obelix inspire me much more.

* Why did you choose to write for children rather than adults?

Contrary to popular misconception, children have a far more superior and fertile imagination with the amazing ability to follow intricate twists and turns in the plot. This fascinates and inspires me to pick up my pen and enter their world of magic and make them see the fascinating world I wish to show them.

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