Born and raised in India, I now make my home in Toronto. I am represented by the wonderful Mary. C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates and published by Harper Voyager US. My first book Markswoman was published in January 2018 and the sequel Mahimata in March 2019. I also enjoy reading and writing short stories.
I’m a bookworm – always have been. A few of my favorite writers are Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Sofia Samatar, N. K. Jemisin, Jack Vance, Neil Gaimam, Gene Wolfe, Patricia A. McKillip, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling (who can’t love Harry Potter?) and – yes – Jane Austen.
But I actually trained as an Economist. I dreamed in equations for several years before realizing I was wasting my time (both asleep and awake – who wants to dream in equations?). I branched into Environmental Policy, did a stint at the World Conservation Union in Switzerland, and worked in several countries before deciding to make my home in Canada.
I know, I know. What’s with the header? I love all things mythological, especially stories of Kali. Kali is the Mother Goddess, slayer of demons and the epitome of feminine power.
Reading about Kali some years ago, an idea began to form in my head. What if there was a group of women devoted to her worship, women who wielded the power of life and death over others in a post-apocalyptic world? Thus was the Asiana duology born. I’m so pleased to be able to share it with the world.