Hello! Welcome to my website! I’m an Indian-American who loves music, movies, books, knitting, mountains, oceans, sunshine, and rain.
During the day I hire engineers for a software company, and during the night, I write for children and young adults. When I am not recruiting or writing, I am at the library. Or with my family. Or with friends. Or blogging for Cynsations and Mixed-Up Files For Middle-Grade Authors. Or volunteering at We Need Diverse Books and Society For Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Or cooking and eating my favorite foods (Indian, although Vietnamese runs a close second). I am afraid of horror movies.
I have had many pets in my adult life (dogs and cats). They appear at my doorstep like spirit animals with their tongues sticking out and wagging tails.
I am a contributing author of The Hero Next Door (Penguin Random House, July 2019). I’m also the author of Centaurs (Capstone, August 2021), Fairies (Capstone, August 2021), She Sang For India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice For Change (Macmillan FSG, November 2022), Namaste Is A Greeting (Candlewick Press, October 2022), A Bindi Is A Dot (Kids Can Press, Spring 2024), V. Malar series(Candlewick Press, 2024 & 2025), and My Name is Long As a River (Penguin Workshop, Fall 2024), with more books forthcoming. I have an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a Certificate in Popular Fiction from the University of Washington, and advanced degrees in computer science and management.