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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

What's Worse Than A Precocious Young Novelist?

Two of them. Here's an interview with British Indian teenage twins Jyoti and Suresh Guptara, who completed the first draft of their fantasy novel Conspiracy of Calaspia at the age of 11. "Six years and nine revisions later, it has grown from a simple children's tale to a multi-layered novel of 180,000 words." (Take that, Vikram Chandra.)

Although it must be confessed that they come across as level-headed. Answering a question on their future writing plans, Jyoti says: "...we do not want to become permanent residents of Calaspia. We plan to come up with other things like non-fantasy set in the present - which is insane enough anyway, isn't it?"


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