Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado.
Want to know more about me? Here are some fun questions from my Twitter peeps!
Who is your OTP? Isla and Josh, Bella and Jacob (that’s right, I’m team Jacob forever!), Dean and Castiel–and Suri and Taani from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi for Bollywood movies.
Food you can’t live without: I loooove the very weird combination of raw snap peas and hot sauce. (Try it before you judge me!)
Favorite books you read as a child/teen: I loved Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers series! I also devoured Fear Street books, Archie comics, and Tin Tin comics.
Fave dessert: I am a dessert NUT. I’ve never met one I didn’t like. If I had to pick one, it’d be something to do with Nutella or chocolate. Sadly, I can’t digest refined sugar too much anymore, so I have to make do with berry-banana smoothies, which are still delish!
What is your weird superpower? I see words in my head when I talk. That’s why I’ve always been good at spelling!
What do you snack on while writing? I try to avoid snacking while I write, but I drink a lot of water and tea.
First crush: Johnny Depp from 21 Jump Street. I was 10, and I fell hard. (Shah Rukh Khan was next, though, and that crush has lasted YEARS. Did I say “has lasted”? Oops. (Call me, SRK.))
Favorite guilty pleasure: The Twilight books and movies (although, tbh, I don’t feel especially guilty about reading/watching these! Read what you like, I always say!)! I re-read and re-watch them every year.
How do you want your writing to evolve throughout your career? Do you always want to write YA? I have an adult rom-com coming out in 2021, so I’m excited about that!
What’s your Hogwarts house? Hufflepuff!
Your go-to writing music: I can’t listen to music while I write; I need total silence. (I’ve been known to take ear plugs to the library…). BUT I love thinking of playlists. Here are some of the musicians on my Pandora playlist: Transviolet, Lenka, Florence + The Machine, Iron & Wine, Kate Nash, Feist, Birdy, Regina Spektor, and A.R. Rahman. Also, as far as Hindi music goes, the entire Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi soundtrack is perfect for WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI!
What are your favorite ice cream flavors? Ice cream is a very, very rare treat due to some dietary issues, but I’d say chocolate and peanut butter all the way, yo!
Where’s your dream home? As in, city or country. I think I’m pretty lucky because I’ve wanted to live in Colorado for years now, and I finally moved here. I love living in the mountains!