Can I weave in more serious socio-economic political themes in my YA novels and still entertain? | Laxmi Hariharan

Can I weave in more serious socio-economic political themes in my YA novels and still entertain?

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Can I weave in more serious socio-economic political themes in my YA novels and still entertain?

I met +Emily Mah Tippetts  first when she reviewed The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer and later when she came to London.  Like many of us of Asian origin, Emily has a ‘first life’ as a qualified lawyer. Originally from New Mexico, she has a Bachelors in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University, and a juris doctorate in business law from UCLA. 

She writes as both Emily Mah (for science fiction and fantasy) and E.M. Tippetts (for chick lit). Her short stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Black Gate, and anthologies like The Dragon and the Stars, Shanghai Steam, and The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth. Her E.M. Tippetts novels have been on the Amazon Top 100 numerous times, and her novel, Someone Else’s Fairytale was semi-finalist for the Best Indie Book of the Year –  Kindle Book Review, and a runner up in Romance for the Best of the Independent Book Awards – eFestival of Words.

She’s also a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy and Viable Paradise Writers Workshop, and often teaches the unit on self-publishing at the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop. What struck me about Emily was her confidence in her writing.

I remember asking her how she goes about getting her books reviewed; whether she has a strategy does she try to target a certain kind of reviewer or reader for that matter. And Emily told me that she just gets the book out there, with the quiet confidence that the book will find its readers. All delivered in that very straight, no-nonsense, yet assured voice which is so her 🙂 Her beautifully crafted new new epic fantasy THE SKY CHARIOT SAGA series, is now out and I have read the first in the series and loved it. 

So you can imagine that it’s a great honour to be interviewed by her for Black Gate Press on RUBY IYER, writing … specifically writing dystopian fiction set in Bombay, on the INDIE publishing process and also why I can’t seem to stay away from using some really important socio-economical-political themes in my writing — they just pop up when I am not looking — in my writing.  More here:



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