Sandhya / SUN-dhya / SUN-diya for non-Hindi speakers noun[Hindi = dusk, twilight]
Novelist and Nutella expert, currently living in Colorado.
My name is Sandhya Menon, and I’m a New York Times and national indie bestselling author. I write books for teens (and those who still feel like teens inside!). I live by the mountains in Colorado, where I’m on a mission to (gently) coerce my husband, son, and daughter to watch all 3,221 Bollywood movies I claim as my favorite. Also, I love my pets a little too much, as you can probably tell.
Want to know more about me? Here are some fun questions from my Twitter peeps!
Fave Bollywood movie: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Must. Watch.
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: Curry! Any kind, really, but I especially love coconut-based curries.
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.
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? Chocolate! Usually something small, like mini Kit Kats.
How do you share Indian culture with your kids? It’s not easy because we don’t live in a heavily Indian community. But I share a lot of stories about my days in India, and whenever possible, I show them pictures of my relatives and different ceremonies (weddings, naming ceremonies, etc.). I also teach them Hindi words, the correct pronounciations of things, and–one of the most fun things–we eat a lot of Indian food! Recently my relatives from India gave them Amar Chitra Katha comics, which they LOVED.
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’m focused on writing YA for the next couple of years at least, but who knows where things will take me? That’s the great thing about a writing career–you can constantly reinvent yourself if you get bored. 🙂
What’s your Hogwarts house? When I took the test, I got Gryffindor. Knowing myself, though, I’d say I’m more like a Gryffilpuff.
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? 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!