Sunday, December 8, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Soman Chainani (13 Random Facts)

Seems like debut author Soman Chainani had fun writing random facts about him and his novel, The School for Good and Evil! Check out 15 facts below!

Soman Chainani

13 Random Facts (+ 2 more!)

1. I do my best writing when I'm exhausted from a workout, so I'm ALWAYS exercising.

2. Sophie takes quite a bit of inspiration from Madonna, Anna Wintour, and Maria Sharapova. 

3. I never read children's books when I was young.

(Sidenote: Neither do I.)

4. Sophie's diet looks a lot like mine. 

5. I'm currently writing the movie version of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL -- and I get photos every day from kids begging to be in the movie!

(Sidenote: Aw that's adorable of them! Good luck with the movie!)

6. The book has inspired such amazing fans. In the past four months, I've gotten fanart that ranges from paintings to cakes to tattoos to stickers to Ever-inspired workouts, to maps, to song lists to role playing games to online Wikipedias and on and on. 

7. I studied fairy tales at Harvard, essentially carving out my own major around it. 

8. I have a fear of balloons popping and tend to avoid them. 

9. My first job was as a consultant selling pharmaceuticals. You can imagine how long that lasted.

10. My favorite movie is CHARADE, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. 

11. After finishing writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL series, I'll direct a movie next. 

12. Over 30,000 people have taken the Are You Good or Evil quiz online at

13. When I'm writing, I find it difficult to read much. But when I'm done with a book, I gorge on other books like crazy. 

14. Say what you want about Miley Cyrus, but her album BANGERZ is absolute genius. 

15. My fantasy for 2016 is the first SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL movie comes out, the last book comes out, and Hillary Clinton is the U.S. President.


More about Soman!

Soman Chainani's first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been on ABA's National Indie Bestseller List for 11 weeks, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.

As a writer and film director, Soman's films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives. 

When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Now he loses all the time.

Take a peak on Soman's debut novel!

The School for Good and Evil
(The School for Good and Evil #1)
by Soman Chainani

Published May 14th 2013 by HarperCollins

Blurb (Goodreads):
The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

The Escapist

Check out debut author Sarah Polsky on Oops! I Read A Book Again now!

Yesterday: Lisa Martin (Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea) and SX Bradley (Unraveled)
Tomorrow: Jeffrey Salane (Lawless) and Josin L. McQuein (Arclight; Premeditated)

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