Bharat Krishnan helps me kick of a new year by talking with me about his fantasy
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After ten years in Democratic politics, he wrote a memoir about his life on the
road as a political campaign manager and just released a fantasy novel called
Oasis. He refers to himself as a professional storyteller and amateur cook.
Welcome, Bharat. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
novel that takes elements from Korean, Native-American, Indian, Iranian, and
Balinese folklore and mixes them together in a revenge tale that includes magic
and weird animals. I always strive for authentic diversity, and that’s what I
hope I achieved here with a tale that includes voices for adopted siblings,
members of the LGBT community, the nonwhite community, and more.
What inspired you to write this book?
I think mankind has always retreated to fantasy in times of darkness to try and
process grief and pain. We try to cloak that pain as fantasy so we can write
about it authentically without ever having to confront that it exists very much
outside of the realm of fantasy. Working in Democratic politics, I was pretty
beat up after the 2016 elections and this is what came out. You can see it
clearly in the similarities between how the kingdom of Desire handles a refugee
crisis and the Muslim ban in America in 2017, for just one example.
Excerpt from Oasis:
stealing of some fruit. Although, he guessed the Mengery were mad he blew up
the marketplace in the process. Using the special shoes Asha had given him
before he left the Silo, he jumped backwards out of reach of a Mengery’s daga.
to dance, big boy!”
shoes on mid-leap so a spurt of water from their bottoms propelled him to the
top of a building. The beams of laser shot from their guns were so hot they
caused the water in his shoes to evaporate. If there was one thing the
resistance needed, it was guns. And food. And water. A place to sleep. Maybe
with pistols, another two set a wooden ladder against the building and started
climbing up. Lee took a bite out of his apple before throwing it at the armored
man scowling at him.
ladder, toppling it over and sending the two guards crashing down. Propelling
himself to an adjacent building, he crashed through a window as his fuel gage
read empty. His shoes needed water. The resistance could definitely use water.
What exciting story are you working on
I’m workshopping a novella that’s a bit low-fantasy and tackles the idea of
white privilege, but I’m also working on a set of short stories as well.
When did you first consider yourself a
I published my first book in August 2016, Confessions
of a Campaign Manager.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I don’t ever want to write full-time. This is a wonderful hobby for me. It
relaxes me, and I can do it when I want and how I want. I’m currently working
towards earning my MBA at Louisiana State University. I find time to write the
same way anyone makes time for a hobby. Through college and into my mid-20s,
there were several things in my life I’d consider important. Now, as I enter my
30s, there are only about 4 things I make time for and writing is one of them.
What would you say is your interesting
don’t know how unique this is, but I turn my phone off and close the windows
when I write. Writing time is sacred and, just like time spent with my fiancée,
will never be interrupted or sacrificed.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
As the child of immigrants, I wanted to do crazy things my parents never could.
When I was a kid, that meant singing on Broadway.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Please drop me a note if you like Oasis!
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for a free copy of the book I mentioned above, a political memoir called Confessions of a Campaign Manager.
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