My third young adult novel, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, follows the misadventures of three best friends as they embark upon a road trip through the American South. It’s the first South Asian American YA road trip book, was named an NPR Best Book of 2018 and received a Starred Review from School Library Journal, who called it “riotously funny” and the perfect blend of “barbed humor and poignant reflection.”
I edited the anthology Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories 2 (Tranquebar Press, 2012). My work has been featured in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, Barn Owl Review, Femina, India Today, Literary Hub, Off Assignment, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India.
I’m currently working on my next young adult novel, set in New Delhi, as well as a historical fiction novel about a 13th century Muslim queen. I have an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and have done residencies at Hedgebrook, Ledig House, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and The Millay Colony for the Arts. I am represented by Ayesha Pande Literary.
I was raised in the lovely land of Rip Van Winkle, went to college in Philly, spent a long time living in New York City, a shorter time living in New Delhi and am now based in Nashville, TN.