“A major voice on the YA scene.” –Entertainment Weekly
“The queen of YA contemporary romance.” –Tor.com
“One of the best writers of YA rom-coms.” – Paste Magazine
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, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, NPR, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed. Her first book, When Dimple Met Rishi, also won the Colorado Book Award. Her latest book, Of Curses and Kisses, is Gossip Girl meets Beauty and the Beast set at an elite boarding school in the mountains, and is the first in a brand-new series. A full-time dog servant, Sandhya 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 make a lentil soup that I loooove so much, so I’m going to go with that, although it was super hard to pick!
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. Also, I was very age-inappropriate in my reading, so I was an early fan of Stephen King.
Fave dessert: I can’t digest refined sugar anymore, so I now have a healthy vegan Nutella recipe that I love!
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. My favorite teas are: vanilla caramel black tea, apple cinnamon herbal tea, and peppermint herbal 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, and I’m so very excited about that! I have a lot more ideas for non-YA books, so we’ll see what comes of those!
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? I can’t do dairy anymore, but I love “nice cream,” which is made without dairy and refined sugar! My favorite flavor is probably chocolate and peanut butter.
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 in 2016. I love living in the mountains!