A Word With Jasbinder Bilan

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

To celebrate world book day I have an extra special guest and am thrilled to welcome the lovely Jasbinder Bilan, the 2017 winner of the prestigious Times Chicken House Prize.

Jasbinder is the author of Asha and The Spirit Bird. Check it out on The Bookshelf - it's the one with the nicest cover! (It's also my March book of the month.)

According to family stories, Jasbinder was born in a stable in the foothills of the Himalayas. Until she was a year and a half, she lived on a farm with a grumpy camel and a monkey called Oma. These days, she lives near Bath and splits her time between teaching and writing.

With all that Jasbinder has going on at the moment, we are very lucky she's found the time to join us and answer some of your fabulous questions. 

Who is your favourite music artist?

I love the songs of Laura Marling. They are like lyrical stories.

What is your favourite film?

Diva directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. I love the music from it and it was the film I used to watch with my best friend when we were students.

If you could acquire any talent of superpower what would it be?

I would give children control over sorting out big global issues – they are so fantastic at finding solutions to problems. The only thing that stands in their way are pesky adults!

(Good one Jas! I'm with you there. J)

Who is your favourite fictional hero?

At the moment it’s Mousefrom Sarah Driver’s Huntress Trilogy.

Which is your favourite character from your books?

I have to say both Asha and Jeevan. They balance each other really well. When one of them loses heart the other one pulls them forward and together they overcome so many difficulties, showing what true friendship can achieve.

If you could be any fictional character which one would you choose?

I’d love to be Susan from The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, by CS Lewis. However, in my diverse version Susan would be from an Indian background, meaning she could appeal to a wider audience.

What’s your favourite occupation when you’re not writing?

I love walking my dog through the woods and countryside. 

(The countryside around Bath is exquisite so I think I'm jealous! J)

What’s your fantasy profession?

My fantasy profession would be a children’s author!

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your days what would it be?

Definitely cake washed down with tea!

Who are your favourite children’s authors?

I love JRR Tolkien, Joan Aitken and my favourite current author is Katherine Rundell.

(My favourite Katherine Rundell's are on The Bookshelf - check them out!) 

Do you have any advice for young writers and storytellers?

Think of a story that’s special to you and that only you can tell, then write it down and finish it.

What can we look forward to from you next?

All I can say is that it’s another contemporary story set in The Himalayas with a strong thread of magic in it.

(Tantalising - can't wait. J)

You can find Jasbinder on Twitter @Jasinbath




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