Hornbill Harcel

Masterfully blending genres like Chalk and Cheese, Hornbill Harcel crafts narratives that defy convention and captivates readers.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I have visited Warren’s Occult Museum in Connecticut, I have been an ordained minister for 5 years, I have a doppelgänger.

What’s your greatest fear?

I harbor an innate fear of being reincarnated without comprehending the enigmas of the universe, compounded by the realization that this fear may have already transpired, and I still remain unaware.

What is your greatest achievement?

There are many great achievements, but I feel the greatest is yet to come.

High point of your life?

There have been many high points in my life, yet there are two that are indelibly etched in my memory. First, it was the moment when I beheld the vast expanse of the ocean for the first time. It was an experience suffused with bliss and euphoria. Second, was celebrating Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai. Nothing ever comes close to that.

Low point of your life

There have been many low points in my life, but each has taught me a valuable lesson.

Which living person do you most admire?

My Parents.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Vasilisa Petrovna from The Bear and the Nightingale, Sazed from Mistborn, Kaladin Stormblessed from The Stormlight Archives

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Holland Vosijk from Shades of Magic, Victor Vale from Vicious, Prince Phobos from W.I.T.C.H.

Who are your favorite authors?

Alex Landragin, Christelle Dabos, Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, Maria V. Snyder

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Crossings, The Starless Sea, The Missing of Clairedelune, The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Binding, Words of Radiance, The Toll

Is there a book you love to reread?

I have reread multiple of my favorite books. Currently, I am planning to reread Babel, or the necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of Babel’s Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Better Days, Under the Hawthorn Tree, The Scent of Green Papaya, In the Mood for Love, High and Low: The Worst X, Summer days with Coo, Lawrence of Arabia, The Door into Summer, Your Name Engraved Herein, Princess Mononoke etc.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Spatiotemporal Roaming, to be able to move freely through space and time. Imagine being able to travel to any location in the universe and to any movement in time without restrictions. Life would be so adventurous.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Even if the heavens say I must die, if that sword doesn't pierce my heart and nail me dead on the ground, then l am still alive, and ‘til my last breath I will struggle to the end!

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

"Childhood in Ancient Egypt to witness the construction of the pyramids, explore the mysteries of the pharaohs, learn the intricate hieroglyphic writing system, and spend life along the Nile. Imagine visiting the library of Alexandria and gaining ancient knowledge. Adolescence in Medieval Japan to learn the ways of samurai and experience the spread of Zen Buddhism, witness the golden age of Japanese literature, and participate in the tea ceremonies, flower arranging etc. Adult life in Ancient Greece amidst the City of Atlantis to experience the birth of democracy, philosophy, mythology, and theatre and to participate in the Olympic games or in Renaissance Italy to immerse myself in the flourishing of arts, culture, scientific advancements and witness the emergence of groundbreaking artists. Silver years in future space colonies to be a part of human expansion into space, exploration of new frontiers and to enjoy the serenity of cosmic landscapes. "

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

The Mastery of chess where every move is a stroke of strategic brilliance, the Ability to speak any language, or the ability to play any instrument proficiently.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The one brewing in my head. I wish I had written it already. But if you are looking for an interesting answer, I would say Mahabharata.

When and where do you write ?

Anytime and anywhere. I do not have a specific time or place allocated to writing. I write whenever inspiration strikes. You may encounter me typing vigorously on my phone, scribbling in my notebook, or typing on the laptop at odd hours.

Silence or music?

Music without a doubt. Silence is but an illusion, for in the world nothing remains truly silent. Even while meditating, we hear the rustling of the leaves, chirping of the birds, crickets, croaking of frogs, the creaking of branches, the distant rumble of thunder, the soft murmur of flowing water, the hum of Earth’s vibrations, etc.

One phrase that you use most often?

Patience is a virtue.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I always start a new book while witnessing a sunset. I don’t know if that counts as a ritual, or it is a coincidence.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

My guilty reading pleasure is reading the lyrics of songs from unknown tongues.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Do not be afraid to share your unique voice with the world and do not overly concern yourself with others' opinions and accreditation.

Hornbill Harcel was born in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, and grew up in Punjab, India. She debuted with the book Woebegone Wynds in 2021. In the wake of her debut book, Hornbill Harcel received the Sahityakosh Samman and Author Awardee Award in 2022. The Ukiyoto Literary Awards recognized her as Poet of the Year at the Kolkata Literary Carnival 2024 and her book was translated into German, Italian and Japanese. She was recognized for literary work and contributions on World Book Day and was nominated for the LiFT Award. Where the Piopios Sing is her second book. Apart from her published books, the author has contributed to anthologies such as ""The Mutiny that Lies Within"" and ""The Memory Keeper's Diary"". She is fond of chasing wild paths, charting new courses, and seeking adventure. When she is not working as a Software Engineer, she is raiding books from shops, and libraries, and trudging up hillsides. She wrote her first poem when she was 14 years old and fell in love with writing ever since.

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