Latika Vasil was born in India, moving to New Zealand with her family as a young child. She has mostly lived in Wellington with a couple of overseas stints in the States and Singapore. She has worked in the education sector as a researcher and lecturer, as well as in the public service as a research adviser. In 2010 she completed the Advanced Diploma in Creative Writing at Whitireia Polytechnic. Her stories have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including Landfall, Takahe and Hue and Cry, and broadcast on Radio New Zealand National. Her first collection of short stories, Rising to the Surface, has recently been published by Steele Roberts Publishers. Currently Latika spends most of her time writing fiction, working as a freelance researcher and writer, and doing volunteer work.
3) How would you describe the style of story in Rising to the Surface to a reader who isn't familiar with your work?