Author Interview – A Quick Word with Rachel Khona
Can you describe Are You There Krishna? in a tweet (140 characters or less)?
I think the subtitle sums it up!
“Essays on Talking to Ghosts, Accosting Celebrities, Getting High, Sexism, Race, and First-Generation Woes”
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Jessi Klein’s book You’ll Grow Out of It
How important do you think social media is for authors these days?
Yes! But it’s more than just posting it’s about really creating a following. Much easier said than done!
Are you currently working on another novel?
Not at the moment, but I hope to in a year or so.
About the Book
Author: Rachel Khona
Published: February 2017
Book Blurb: Rachel knew even as a young child that she wasn’t like the rest of her Indian family. While her parents were plotting how she could make it into med school with her mediocre grades in chemistry and biology, she had other things on her mind, including such gems as:
· Why can’t she go to the temple on her period?
· Why don’t her Indian cousins like her?
· Why was it OK to be sexualized at a beauty pageant but not for herself?
· How can she straddle two cultures while retaining her sense of self?
· Why are women considered sluts and men considered studs?
· Why do people keep asking her if she was born in India?
· Should she wax down there?
· Why does she have crazy eyes?
After leaving home, Rachel got high in Amsterdam, met her pop singer idol in a bathroom, argued with a ghost, and got lost in the Pyrenees. But that didn’t stop her from questioning while men still tell her to smile. ‘Are You There Krishna? It’s Me, Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.’ weaves stories of Rachel’s life with observations on race, class, sex, feminism, and culture with humor and candor.
About the Author – Rachel Khona
Once upon a time in an exotic land called New Jersey, Rachel used to dream of one day playing tambourine in an all-girl rock band. That never happened.
When she’s not writing or designing, she is busy drinking wine and singing off key, bike riding, pretending she’s friends with Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler, eating absurd amounts of cheese, or listening to rock music at an appallingly loud volume. Sometimes all at once.
Check out her book at bit.ly/areyoutherekrishnabook
Check out the other stops on the blog tour:
April 17 – Karan Eleni – Excerpt
April 18 – BookLove – Review
April 18 – Cafinated Reads – Review
April 19 – T’s Stuff – Interview & Excerpt
April 19 – Chick Lit Plus – Review
April 20 – Living Life With Joy – Guest Blog
April 21 – Books Dreams Life – Interview & Excerpt
April 24 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt
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