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From the Drafts to Published: Interview with Maya Prasad, Author of Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things

Hi all!

Welcome back to my blog! I’m back again with another installment of From the Drafts to Published! I’m here with Maya Prasad, Author of Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things! I invited Maya to come to chat about herself and her debut, Drizzle Dreams and Lovestruck Things, which releases on October 18th! This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2022, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Without Further Ado, Let’s Get Started!

Synopsis for Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things

Four sisters, four seasons, four flavors of romance.
The Singh sisters grew up helping their father navigate the bustle of the Songbird Inn. Nestled on dreamy and drizzly Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest, the inn’s always been warm and cozy and filled with interesting guests—the perfect home. But things are about to heat up now that the Songbird has been named the Most Romantic Inn in America.

Nidhi has everything planned out—until a storm brings a wayward tree crashing into her life one autumn . . . and along with it, an intriguing construction worker and a yearning for her motherland. Suddenly, she’s questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Avani can’t sit still. If she does, her grief for Pop, their dad’s late husband, will overwhelm her. So she keeps moving as much as she can, planning an elaborate Winter Ball in Pop’s memory. Until a blizzard traps her in a barn with the boy she accidentally stood up and has been actively avoiding ever since.

Sirisha loves seeing the world through her camera, but her shyness prevents her from stepping out from behind the lens. Talking to girls is such a struggle! When a pretty actress comes to the Songbird with her theater troupe, spring has sprung for Sirisha—if only she can find the words.

Rani is a hopeless romantic through and through. After gently nudging her sisters to open their hearts, she is convinced it’s finally her turn to find love. When two potential suitors float in on a summer breeze, Rani is swept up in grandeur to match her wildest Bollywood dreams. But which boy is the one she’s meant to be with?

Ultimately, the magic of the Songbird Inn leads the tight-knit Singh sisters to new passions and breathtaking kisses—and to unearth the truest versions of themselves.

Welcome, Maya! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us today on Inking & Thinking! To start, can you tell us a little about yourself and recommend some of your favorite books?

Hi Maddie! Thanks so much for having me on your wonderful blog! I’m a South Asian American author who is passionate about creating joyful representation. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where I enjoy hiking, canoeing, and raising my budding bookworm kiddo.

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things is my debut novel, a YA romantic comedy about the four Singh sisters over the course of four seasons as they navigate new passions, breathtaking kisses, and the bustle of their father’s cozy cliffside inn.

Some of my favorite YA contemporary authors include Maurene Goo, Sandhya Menon, Jenny Han, Rachel Lynn Solomon, and Anuradha D. Rajurkar. In fantasy, I love Leigh Bardugo, Shveta Thakrar, and Sasha and Sarena Nanua. I’d also love to spotlight some fellow ’22 debuts whose YA books I loved: BONE SPINDLE by Leslie Vedder, THE TURNING POINTE by Vanessa Torres, WE DESERVE MONUMENTS by Jas Hammonds, A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY by Brian D. Kennedy and THE WITCHERY by S. Isabelle (releasing in July).

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things follows the stories of the Singh Sisters as they face their own problems and romance taking place over all four seasons. What inspired you to write this story?

I wanted to create a joyful romance about Indian American girls with big dreams because I think it’s so important for underrepresented readers to see themselves as beautiful and worthy of love.

Writing four sisters was a lot of fun because I drew from my own experiences as one of four siblings. Also, it was a lovely way to show that Indian Americans are not a monolith: that we each have our own distinct personalities, relationships to our identities, and hopes and dreams.

Finally, I was inspired by the Pacific Northwest and Orcas Island in particular, and I had so much fun creating a drizzly and dreamy atmospheric story, filled with seasonal touches, and lots of delicious foods. To me, the Songbird Inn is its own character and I hope readers will come away wishing they could check in for a romantic vacation themselves.

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things follow each of the four Singh Sisters in their own respective journeys. What was the process for you with having to balance each of their perspectives making sure each got their time in the spotlight?

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things has a unique structure: the POVs are not interwoven, and instead each sister’s story takes place during one of the four seasons. They each have their chance to shine, and the seasonal touches allow me to bring out the themes of their stories in ways that make sense for that sister’s growth arc. Nidhi takes a leap like an autumn leaf; Avani deals the cold of grief; Sirisha blossoms as she explores a new crush; and Rani is in full bloom as her dreams of an epic romance come into fruition.

This story takes place over the main four seasons: Winter, Fall, Spring, and Summer. What is your favorite season and why?

I live for summer. It’s truly glorious in the Pacific Northwest, a break from the relentless cloudy skies and rain that we’re so famous for. It generally doesn’t climb above the 80s or get humid, so the sun really just feels wonderful on your skin. In June, twilight lasts till after 10pm, and I love getting out to the water and swimming or beachcombing with my kiddo.

Fall and sweater weather and warm drinks are a close second, though!

How did you first get into writing and how would you describe your writing process?

I got into writing because I wanted to create the type of joyful representation that I hadn’t seen when I was a kid. Although we have made strides and there are wonderful trailblazing BIPOC authors who have come before me, each of us has our own spin and we definitely need to keep fighting to tell our stories and make our voices heard.

As for my writing process, I’m a former pantser, and DDLT was the first novel I wrote via outline. The reason I didn’t outline before was because I just wasn’t very good at it. It was hard for me to tell what would fit in a chapter or a scene, how much story would create the right length novel, how much build up I would need for my character and plot arcs. Those were all things I learned with practice, and only then could I even write a reasonable outline. However, now that I have more of an instinct of how to build a story via an outline, I will probably stick to this process for the time being.

How would you describe the dynamic between the Singh Sisters?

I tried to portray a very loving and fun-filled relationship between them. Their personalities do butt heads at times, but overall they’re very supportive of each other.

What do you hope readers will take away from Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things?

That the truest form of love is the kind that allows us to be who we’re meant to be, that allows us to grow and to change, and that encourages us to dream as wildly and as passionately as we dare.

What’s the next step for you? Do you have any future projects in the works currently?

I’m working on the untitled sequel to Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things! While the first book takes place over the course of a year, the second book takes place all in just one day. I love experimenting with unique structures, so it was a lot of fun to take on the challenge of fitting big emotions and epiphanies over the course of one wild, windy day.

I also have an upcoming kids’ chapter book series, starting with Sejal Battles Super Storms. It’s about an Indian American girl who uses science and her trusty cardboard box to fly into the eye of a hurricane to try to save her family’s Diwali celebration. These will publish with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin in 2023.

Thank you for being down to do this interview, Maya! It was such a pleasure having you on the blog!

Thanks so much for having me on your blog and happy reading!

Maya Prasad is a South Asian American author, a Caltech graduate, and a former software engineer. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys hiking, canoeing, and raising her budding bookworm kiddo.

Her YA debut Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things will be published by Disney-Hyperion in October 2022. Sejal Battles Super Storms is the first in her chapter book series to be published by S&S/Aladdin in summer 2023.

Maya has also had short fiction published in Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YACast of Wonders, and Voyage YA. She is passionate about creating joyful representation in children’s literature.

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Will you be picking up Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things when it releases? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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