Anuradha Rajurkar is the recipient of the national SCBWI Emerging Voices Award for her contemporary YA novel, AMERICAN BETIYA (Knopf/Penguin Random House, February 2021). The proud daughter of East Indian immigrant parents, she was born and raised near Chicago. She earned two degrees from Northwestern University before becoming a teacher, writing young adult fiction in her off hours. Obsessed with all things literature, nature, and design, Anuradha lives with her husband and two sons in a vintage Wisconsin home that needs far more love and attention than most living things. She is represented by Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group.