Please welcome Soman Chainani to the virtual offices today. Soman is here to chat about the School for Good and Evil, which releases today.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Soman Chainani] A professional storyteller by trade. Sensitive, intense, athletic, and a lover of all things fantastic and imaginative.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The School For Good and Evil?
[Soman Chainani] THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is the first book in an epic new fantasy trilogy, which follows two heroines: gorgeous Sophie, with her waist-long blond hair and her dreams of becoming a princess — and her black-wearing friend Agatha, awkward and dour, who everyone thinks is a witch. But when they arrive at the School for Good and Evil, where children are trained to become fairy-tale heroes and villains, they’re put in the wrong schools. Sophie is dumped in Evil to learn Uglification, Death Curses, and other villainous arts, while Agatha finds herself at the School for Good amid handsome princes and fair maidens. But the question remains: Is it really a mistake?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Soman Chainani] I’ve been toying with versions of this story since I was 12. But it finally all congealed in my head one day when I was in London on a film project. I remember walking in Regents Park and I had the image of the two girls, one in pink, one in black, falling into the wrong schools. The entire story just opened up, as it had been there all along. I ended up 30 minutes late to my next meeting, just because I was ambling around, lost in the idea.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Sophie?
[Soman Chainani] Diva. Iconoclast. Charismatic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Agatha had a theme song, what would it be?
[Soman Chainani] “I’m Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Sophie is never without.
[Soman Chainani] A homemade honeycream facial scrub
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Agatha’s school bag?
[Soman Chainani] No makeup. No change of clothes (she always wears black). No regrets.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Soman Chainani] Madonna. Miyazaki. Classic Disney cartoons. Roald Dahl. Stanley Kubrick.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Soman Chainani] A hard workout before I start. A reclining chair. A lunch I’m looking forward to.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Soman Chainani] From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg. I read that book every day for months and months. I loved the idea of being parentless in a museum. I still do!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Soman Chainani] I’m a tennis maniac. On another planet in an alternate universe, I’m a pro tennis player. If I’m not playing tennis or writing, I’m likely reading, watching movies, travelling or having a long dinner with friends.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Soman Chainani] My website is: www.somanchainani.net
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.