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Roshani Chokshi  NYT Bestselling author. Metaphor enthusiast. Up next: ARU SHAH & THE END OF TIME (Disney/April 2018) THE GILDED WOLVES (MacMillan/Fall 2018)

Midnight in Paris? Midday in Havana? Still trying to stumble on the perfect time that lets you slip back and peek into an old century. Just for a bit.

There is nothing like writing in the middle of a summer thunderstorm in the south. Here, the storms are more extravagant. The clouds are jewel toned, and the hail sounds like pearls spilled from a careless hand.

I saw this door carved into the bookcase last month, and was immediately convinced that if I ducked under the rope and slipped behind the door, that I would see sunlight from another world. The strangest thing is that even though I kept squealing and pointing at the door, no one else seemed that impressed. Only after I left did I wonder whether anyone else saw it too . . .
If you see this door, please go through and tell me what you find. ✨ 🚪 🔮

"I asked the zebra--are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes?" - Shel Silverstein * * *
Portrait of Ze Author who wrote 10k words in 2 days in an absolute fugue state and must now hooman.

Shoutout to my main witch @zangoodwin129 who had ZERO desire to take this Insta-curated photo but acquiesced out of love.

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel was a revelation. I don't know how to describe this read. To me, it felt like Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD by way of Patricia A. McKillip (author of ALPHABET OF THORN). Imagine if a fairytale is a sieve--you pour an experience through and things get left behind, a rind of horror, grief too large to slip through the holes, a jagged piece of hope. But the fairytale recasts it. It's now familiar and worn, and something you revisit in the dark and in secret, sifting through the pieces and finding meaning. That is this book.

"Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace."-Eugene O'Neill.
IVANHOE is a flawed favorite of mine since I was 12. It also inspired my first fanfic because I 100% shipped Wilfred and Rebecca. #oldbooknewshoes

Placed an offer. Fingers crossed. #gobaroqueorgohome #tb #austriannationallibrary

When I was in my teens, I had bad skin. Not a smattering of hormonal zits that disappears the next week, but the kind of painful, under-the-skin cysts that never pops but just “lurks about in a red manner” (thank you, Louise Rennison, for that line). Acne affected my self-confidence, and while platforms like Instagram are great because you can curate how/when/what you reveal of yourself, they can be damaging too. One of my characters in The Gilded Wolves, Zofia, struggles with her skin. She doesn’t punish herself for feeling bad about her face, even if I did as a teen. As a teen, I wanted to be seen as desperately as I did not want to be looked at all, and Zofia is in some ways wish-fulfillment, someone who realizes that even if an ailment was “skin deep,” the consequent emotions aren’t shallow, that even if it went away, that feeling of isolation would be its own scar to overcome and, with time, fade.

What's on your summer TBR? Top of mine is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I tried to read it my freshman year of college mostly to be a pretentious fiend (because correcting people who called you an English major when you were specializing in 14th century BritLit wasn't enough), but IT WAS TOO HARD and I ended up carrying it around in an obvious bid of: "ask me what I'm reading!" No one asked. However, because this is a delicate beast of a book at a door-stopping 700 pages, it is possible no one asked because they confused it for obscure weaponry. #thisdedicationishilarious #admiremygothcandle

A string of unspent wishes in an alpine meadow 💫

#HappyFathersDay to the dude who taught me to see the magical in the mundane, and gave me great hair. #mixedprintsgalore #sass

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