Amrita Rao is an artist, voracious reader, and storyteller. When not indulging in her passion for yoga and pranayam, she can be found devouring a wide genre of books from spiritual-philosophical to suspense-thriller, or traveling to places near and far. She loves all things mythology and firmly believes in planes of existence/dimensions of time where all manner of beings coexist in harmony... or in disharmony. She has a blog, where she posts pictures of her paintings and books - http://www.amritarao-artworks.blogspot.in In between all this, Amrita also finds time to be a full time teacher.
When did you first start writing?
Believe it or not, I started writing only after four decades on this planet! Serious writing that is, as in a novel. Before that, I've written grocery lists, personal mails, entered essay and short story competitions in school and college, done my home work etc.!!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to create a world hitherto unknown to the general public. I wanted characters that would be MINE and obey my every command. I wanted to orchestrate every event that took place in this world. In short, I wanted to be God for a little while. Unfortunately, no one told me, until I started writing, that once you have created the world and people, and enter the world with them, they take over and you have absolutely no control over the story!
If you love reading YA fantasy books, this is the right book for you. It has an entirely new world, based on Indian mythology with mythical beings that exist in actual ancient Sanskrit scriptures. Combine this with contemporary people living in the present-day world and you have Lost Gem of the Nagas! Archeology plays the part of the bridge that spans the gulf between these two disparate worlds.