INKLING INTERVIEW WITH AYANA GRAY
"I think authentic diversity is key in writing. And doing it is easier than anyone would think! Society is defined by boundaries. Every single person on Earth has to live within those boundaries, and the ones that loom largest in our own lives are what seem diverse to us. So just write about the boundaries in your character’s life! If you can’t do it authentically on your own, do some research and make sure someone who can relate to the experience is a beta reader."
HOW TO AUTHENTICALLY WRITE DIVERSITY
WITH THE CREATIVE PENN
"Find the boundaries within your own life and write about them with authority. While writing my latest novel, it was important for me to explore my Hinduism. One way I did that was by naming a weapon wielded by one of the secondary characters after a famous character in the epic, the Mahabharata. Notice that even in my own story, this weapon is wielded by a secondary character and not the protagonist. Minority communities are used to being underrepresented in works, and we still enjoy them quite a lot! The weapon, Ekalavya, is a bow used in a handful of scenes, and I suspect the majority of my readers will never pick up on the relevance of its name."
CONFESSIONS OF A CAMPAIGN MANAGER - REDDIT AMA
"In Confessions of a Campaign Manager, veteran Democratic operative Bharat Krishnan takes you on a journey across nine states and 17 campaigns to see how American politics has transformed since the election of Barack Obama. Krishnan makes a case that the intransigence of Republican leaders following the election of our nation's first black president irrevocably fractured the country along partisan lines. This ultimately produced the most dangerous presidential candidate this country has ever seen, Donald Trump. From rubbing shoulders with celebrities and political insiders at presidential conventions to chasing votes in the swamps of Louisiana, Krishnan discovers a vast disconnect between voters, the flawed politicians they elect to represent them, and the legion of driven staffers who silently battle over the direction of the nation. Drawing on his experience at the state and local level, Krishnan formulates a national prescription to prevent a future of perpetual partisan brinksmanship."
Tuckered Out with Ami Thakkar
January 2023 - I loved speaking with Ami Thakkar on her podcast, where she highlights South Asian trailblazers.
April 2021 - I spoke at a writing convention - Write Hive - that exists to support BIPOC creators. The topic of this conversation was "Speculative Fiction as Activism."