Editor’s note: Today we’re sharing a snapshot of the conversation from Cynsations Intern Suma Subramaniam‘s recent book launch for She Sang For India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice For Change, illustrated by Shreya Gupta (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 2022). The chat was led by student writer Suniti Srinivasan and included author and illustrator Vikram Madan celebrating his new titles Owl and Penguin (Holiday House,
I’m thrilled to welcome Sangu Mandanna to the Cynsations blog today!
Could you tell us about your latest book?
My latest book, Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom (Penguin Random House, 2022) is a middle grade fantasy about what happens when a young girl’s sketchbook world comes to life.
From the publisher’s description:
What is namaste? It’s found in a smile,
Kidlit Caravan is a troupe of authors and author-illustrators with debut picture books headed your way in 2022.
We’re honored to bring to you interviews from alumnx of the WNDB Internship Program. Since the program’s inception, We Need Diverse Books has supported over 80 grantees in summer internships. An incredible 70 percent of the grantees have gone on to find permanent positions in the publishing industry (with many already acquiring books of their own).
I’m thrilled to welcome Author Gabrielle Byrne to Cynsations today!
When and where do you write? Why does that time and space work for you?
I wish I were one of those writers who can roll out of bed early, ready to rumble,
Mark Karlins, author and poet, died Jan. 1, 2022. He was 74.
I’m honored to be in conversation with my artist-collaborators and share the inside story of the cover-design process for our upcoming debut fiction and nonfiction picture books, Namaste Is A Greeting, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat (Candlewick, October 2022), and She Sang For India: How M.S.
What do you love most about the creative life/being an author? Why?
Collaboration. I love working with creatives,
We are pleased to welcome the author-illustrator team of Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps (Yali Books, June 2021) to Cynsations!