When we鈥檙e not scrolling through YA author Roshani Chokshi鈥檚 gorgeous Insta feed, we鈥檙e counting down the days until we can get a new book from her. Thankfully, the wait is over: A Crown of Wishes is FINALLY here. This YA fantasy novel 鈥 a sweeping, epic tale of girls kicking butt 鈥 might just make your brain explode from the gorgeous writing. The sequel to last year鈥檚 The Star-Touched Queen (an instant New York Times bestseller, NBD), A Crown of Wishes is just as steeped in Indian folklore. We chatted with Roshani about creativity tips, the next books she鈥檚 dying to read, and more. Scroll on to meet this magical writer!

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Brit + Co: Describe your book in six words or less.

Roshani Chokshi: The power of stories and desire.


B+C: Where/when do you do your best writing?

RC: IF ONLY I KNEW! That would probably cure all my deadline woes. Sometimes I write best in bed. Sometimes I write best at my desk. Sometimes I can only write by candlelight鈥 and then the next day only in pitch darkness. The only constant thing I find that best helps me concentrate is removing myself from distractions. Which means at least one hour of no social media and putting my phone on airplane mode.

B+C: What鈥檚 your go-to cure for when you鈥檙e stuck in a creativity rut?

RC: Reread a favorite book! We may be writers, but we are readers first. Reading should be as critical to our jobs as much as dedicated writing time. For me, the books I turn to when I鈥檓 stuck are Deathless by Catherynne Valente and Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.


B+C: What two lady heroes do you turn to for inspiration, and why?

RC: Throwing in the word hero makes this rather thorny鈥 what鈥檚 heroism? What鈥檚 鈥渄oing the right thing鈥? For me, the fictional 鈥渉eroine鈥 I love most is Scarlett O鈥橦ara. She鈥檚 ruthless. Cruel. But she endures. My favorite IRL hero is Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, who became a symbol of Indian nationalism for her actions in the Revolt of 1857.

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B+C: What鈥檚 your latest Instagram obsession?

RC: I鈥檓 so obsessed with the Visual Fodder account, @visual.fodder. It is so inspirational, beautiful, and surreal. I also stalk the SweetAmbs account, @sweetambs, because watching cookies get decorated is the most relaxing thing to me.

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B+C: Can you name a book that you think deserves a little more love + recognition?

RC: Anna-Marie McLemore鈥檚 When the Moon Was Ours is one of my new favorites! The writing glitters. The emotional themes are so tender, relevant, and devastating. I think everyone should read it.


B+C: What鈥檚 next on your to-read pile?

RC:The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

B+C: What advice do you have for aspiring creative ladies?

RC: There is no expiration date for success. You are a writer the moment you write (even if it鈥檚 on your phone, your palm, the margins of scrap paper). As much as you can, free yourself from self-comparison. Keep your head down. Keep writing. Keep reading. You鈥檒l get there.

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