Taran Matharu is author of the young adult fantasy series, Summoner. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at nine years old.
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at a major publisher in 2013. At the age of 22, Taran took time off to travel and began writing Summoner as part of Nanowrimo.
Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months. After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.
Does your main character Fletcher reflect anything or anyone in your own experiences?
Yes. When I was younger I was bullied a lot in school and there was quite a lot of racial bullying because I was one of the only Asian people who went there. But perhaps the character who reflects that more is Othello, Fletcher's best friend and who is the only dwarf to go to Vocan's Academy. He gets some racial bullying while he is there for being a dwarf. The way Fletcher really reflects me is his hatred for injustice. I hated being bullied for my race because it was so unjust.