Thursday, June 11, 2020

Q&A with Mamta Chaudhry

From my Q&A with Mamta Chaudhry, author of Haunting Paris:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

Of all the thousands of words I wrote and rewrote, the only two that survived the long publishing journey intact were the words Haunting Paris. I think it’s because everyone (including my editor, the legendary Nan Talese) felt that the title perfectly evoked both the subject and the atmosphere of the novel.

Paris is not just the setting, but also very much a character in the story; the City of Light is at once hauntingly beautiful and haunted by the ghosts of the past. One of the ghosts is the narrator, who returns to the place he called home, summoned by the woman he...[read on]

--Marshal Zeringue