Author of Tomorrow 2019 - Eshana Dasanjh
The Lament of Orphia by Eshana Dasanjh (age 15) is shortlisted for the 2019 Author of Tomorrow.
Ever since Orphia's grandmother died, she has been living a life of pain and emptiness. Nobody understands or listens to her. Named after Orpheus, Orphia decides to follow in his footsteps and travel to the Underworld to bring her grandmother back. The only difference is, she won't make the same mistakes he did. She will be successful.
- What is your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- Who is your favourite author? Or one who has inspired you and why?
That’s an impossible question, because I love so many different authors for their different styles, techniques, strengths and perspectives, and my writing is influenced by practically every author whose books I have read.
- What is/was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subjects at school are History, because I love learning about the past and the relevance it has to modern day, and English Literature, because of the books, plays and poems we get to study and analyse.
- What does ‘adventure writing’ mean to you? Why did you choose to try your hand at an adventure story?
Adventure writing is the ability to transport a reader anywhere and everywhere within the first few sentences. I decided to try adventure writing because I love reading adventure books.
- If you could ask an author anything, what would you want to know?
What is the best way to create convincing, layered and developed characters?
- Who would you consider one of your heroes and why? (This does not have to be a writer…)
Malala Yousafzai. She spoke out for what she believed in despite the immense danger it placed her in and she continues to campaign for all girls to have access to an education.
- What is the most adventurous thing you would like to do, or place you would like to visit and why?
I’d like to go and see the Northern Lights, partly because they’re one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and partly because I love His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman!
- Where do you find inspiration for your stories? (Books, historical events, famous adventurers/explorers, news etc.)
Almost everywhere: books, mythology, dreams and random thoughts or ideas!
- If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
Ancient Greece because Greeks made so many important contributions to modern civilisation.
- What three words would you use to describe your story?
Determined. Mythological. Emotional.