Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emerging Voices Award!

Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emerging Voices Award!

September 11 2019
Just before my birthday last year, I learned that my debut manuscript, AMERICAN BETIYA, had just won the national Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emerging Voices Award!
The Inspiration for AMERICAN BETIYA

The Inspiration for AMERICAN BETIYA

September 11 2019
Years ago, I set out to write the kind of story I’d wished for as a teen: one that detailed an interracial love in all its beauty and honest complications, one that featured an ambitious Indian American teenager and her first-generation immigrant family…one that would feel fierce and unvarnished. After some tinkering, self-doubt, and false starts, I wrote a short story whose title was simply “Beginnings.”