Author Archive | Vahini

Pub Brawl: Strong Heroines?

One of the things I often see writers and readers say they want to see more of is strong female leads. Strong heroines. The kinds of characters who are going to influence the younger generation of young women in the right way. And when I see these comments, I always wonder what IS a strong heroine? It’s a tricky concept for me to wrap my mind around. Some people believe that sass = strength, but […]

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Creative Writing Classes — Beneficial or a Waste of Time?

When I was in high school, I was adamant that I would never take a creative writing class. The pointers we received in English classes always seemed pointless and inapplicable to my own writing—creative writing wasn’t something that could be easily passed on from student to teacher. The best writing teacher, I thought, would be reading as many books as possible. I still, to a large extent, think this. At the same time, I’m happily […]

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora is without a doubt one of the most inventive fantasy novels I’ve ever read. It combines timeless, well-loved tropes with simple, yet detailed and intriguing world building and a plot that defies my best attempt at summarising. So, to whet your appetites, here’s the description straight from the back of the book: The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief a friend to the […]

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Coverlust: Bittersweet

Not only do I have a serious case of writer envy for Sarah Ockler’s beautiful writing, I am also seriously in love with her covers. The cover for her latest novel, Bittersweet, in particular has me drooling. Literally.  Baked goods on covers is lovely, lovely sight and something that I’m hoping will become a trend. Down with vampires, in with brownies! Although, unfortunately that trend has not yet taken off, Bittersweet has a rare and wonderful cover […]

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On Inadequacy

When it comes to having faith in my own writing, I am decidedly agnostic. My mindset, when it comes to my own work, is characterized by ambivalence and indecision. Some days, I have a large amount of faith, other days very little. Sometimes, I only have faith every tenth time I look at that dreaded word document containing my manuscript. In my experience, with writing, it is never enough. I can tell myself that where […]

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