Born and raised in India, my story begins in the early 1970’s. I grew up in a joint family in the city of Ahmedabad.
As a child, I wasn't a big reader but I remember my brother and I listening to many stories. My very first memory is of my grandma telling us a story every night. She didn't know how to read or write, but she spoke of several experiences, beliefs, myths, legends, fables and folktales.
As I grew older, my father got us a membership to the only library in the neighborhood and it was a big deal to both of us. Suddenly we had access to thousands of books! I grew up reading Enid Blyton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Nancy Drew. Later, Richard Bach, Stephen King, Harkishan Mehta, Vikram Seth, Sidney Sheldon, and Rabindranath Tagore became some of my favorite authors.
While in school, I learnt dance and music for seven years. I graduated in Classical Dances, and many stories were told through BharatNatyam-a dance form.
Following high school, I graduated from School Of Architecture where I met my husband. We moved to the United States after getting married, and I worked as an Urban Design Consultant for Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in South Florida before deciding to stay home for our three children.
While raising the kids, I always read to them and even told them many stories. Some were my experiences as a child, and some were fables, myths, and legends passed from grandparents and great grandparents. Surprisingly, they had stayed with me through all these years. I realized the power of storytelling, and that's when I started to write for a larger audience.
I educated myself by reading picture books, and even more picture books. Every book has taught me something, and I am still learning the craft. 'Making Picture Book Magic', 'The Craft & Business of Writing Children's Picture Books', 12X12, PiBoIdMo, and SCBWI has helped me tremendously, in this learning process.
Apart from reading, writing, and spending time with the family, I enjoy painting, singing, cooking, and eating! I love to dress up in traditional Indian clothing, and never miss a chance to drape myself in a Sari.