Sandhya Menon: writer of things for teens.

Hello, reader peoples! Here I’ve compiled some questions I get asked…wait for it…frequently!

There’s Something About Sweetie
From Twinkle, with Love
When Dimple Met Rishi
Anything and Everything

There’s Something About Sweetie

Is There’s Something About Sweetie a sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi?

It’s a companion novel, which means it’s set in the same exact universe but follows different main characters (Rishi’s little brother, Ashish, whom we all know and love, and Sweetie, a new character you haven’t met yet!). Sweetie’s one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait for you to meet her! Dimple, Rishi, and Celia all have cameos, too. 🙂

When does There’s Something About Sweetie release?

The US publication is set for May 14, 2019.

Where can I buy There’s Something About Sweetie?

Pre-order in the US: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N

Pre-order internationally: Book Depository

What is There’s Something About Sweetie about?

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

Where can I get an ARC of There’s Something About Sweetie?

The best person to ask/flatter is my fantabulous, amazing, super-organized publicist at my US publisher, Simon & Schuster. Her email can be found on the Say Hi! page. May the force be with you, young Padawan!​

Will you be doing a preorder campaign for There’s Something About Sweetie?

Is Hermione Granger smart? ​Did Jacob love Bella? By that I mean, yes, most definitely! I’m currently in the process of planning a ver​rrr​y killer pre-order campaign, so make sure you sign up for my readers’ club to hear about it as soon as it goes live!


From Twinkle, With Love

Is From Twinkle, with Love a sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi?

From Twinkle, with Love is a standalone rom-com, BUT it’s what I like to call a “spiritual successor” to When Dimple Met Rishi! It’s got the same heart, humor, and adorkable characters and cringey-cute romantic situations (not to mention tons of girl power!) as When Dimple Met Rishi.

There’s Something About Sweetie, on the other hand, is a companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi and will be out in May 2019!

Pre-order TSAS in the US: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N

Pre-order TSAS internationally: Book Depository

Where can I buy From Twinkle, with Love?

Indiebound | Amazon | B&N

What is From Twinkle, with Love about?

​I wrote the following description just for you! (Not really, I stole it off the back of the book. But it’s 100% accurate!)

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.


When Dimple Met Rishi

Where can I buy When Dimple Met Rishi?

Visit my books page to see where you can buy it.

How do you pronounce Rishi?

Rhymes with “fishy”!

Are you more a Dimple or a Rishi?

I swear this isn’t a cop-out, but I’m both! I’m fiercely feminist like Dimple, which hasn’t always sat well with some of my elderly relatives, and like Rishi, I had to really struggle with art versus practicality! (You can probably guess what side of the coin I fall on that one… ;))

If you want to see whether you’re more a Dimple or a Rishi, check out this short, fun quiz I helped create!

Will there be a sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi?

There’s Something About Sweetie, the companion novel that follows Rishi’s little brother, Ashish will be out in May 2019! You can pre-order it in the US: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N or pre-order it internationally: Book Depository

Will you write a story where Dimple and Rishi get married/have kids?

I don’t think that story would count as YA, but not gonna lie, it would be so much fun! I never say never, so…maybe one day? *evil smile*

Why did you write an arranged marriage story?

I think arranged marriage gets a really bad rap in Western society. ​It’s not at all always a super old dude getting married to a super young bride who’s being used as a pawn by her dad or whatever. In fact, that​ hasn’t been ​​my experience with it at all–nearly all of my family has gotten married in arranged marriages. ​So, being a writer, I was like, you know what would be hilarious? An arranged marriage YA rom-com. I mean, why the heck not, right?


Annnnnything and Everything

When does your next book come out?

There’s Something About Sweetie (a companion novel in the Dimple universe that follows Rishi’s little brother Ashish and his love interest, Sweetie!) comes out in May 2019. You can pre-order it in the US: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N or pre-order internationally: Book Depository

Are you coming to a city near me?

I might be! Check out this page for the most current information. Hope to see you!

You have the best covers!

Hmm, that’s not a question, but who am I to refuse a compliment? So​ thank you, and yes, I agree! I’m so lucky to have the design team I do.

What are your favorite Bollywood movies?

Oh my gosh, too many to name! But here’s a good list to get you started:

  1. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
  2. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (considered a classic by many!)
  3. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  4. Kapoor and Sons
  5. Bang Bang
  6. Krrish
  7. Chalte Chalte
  8. Queen

I want to keep up with what you’ve got going on. How can I do that?

Thank you for asking–you’re the cat’s knees and the bee’s pajamas! Wait a minute… Anyway, if you want to stay updated on bookish news, win ARCs, and generally see what shenanigans I’m up to, sign up for my readers’ club here!



What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Know when to give up and when to keep going. If you’re contemplating giving up because writing is hard or the publishing industry is sometimes unfathomable or you’re stacking up that pile of rejections, don’t give up. Keep honing your craft. You WILL get there.

On the other hand, if the story you’re working on just isn’t giving you any joy anymore or you feel you’ve outgrown it, there’s no shame in stopping. No one knows your art better than you.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in English or an MFA to write?

Not at all. In fact, I’m really glad I majored in psychology, and not English, in college. It helped me pursue my other passion and also gave me some major insights into the human mind–a vital skill for writers! Life experience and studying things outside of writing will inform your creative life in ways you wouldn’t imagine.

What’s your writing schedule?

I write every weekday between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM, until I get to 2,000 words. Some days this happens quickly and other days I want to crie (that’s not a misspelling; that’s “cry” and “die” combined).

I hate rushing for deadlines, so I always make sure to complete projects well in advance of when they’re due.

I want to write marginalized characters outside of my experience. Do you think I should?

This isn’t something I can answer for you, unfortunately. You have to do the research and determine if you’re the right person to tell that story. A good place to begin your research is: Good luck!

Why do you write diverse stories?

If you look at the world around you, you’re probably going to see a pretty diverse group of people. A lot of times, we tend to isolate ourselves in little bubbles of people who look like us, think like us, and experience life a lot like we do. But that’s not the truth–at least, not the way I see it. I want to tell stories that are more representative of the beautiful melting pot I live in, and that means people of varying ethnicities, sexualities, and abilities will make it into my stories!

At least one of my heroes/heroines will be Indian-American because that’s my identity, and I want to populate bookstore shelves with main characters I didn’t see very many of growing up. But that doesn’t mean you have to be Indian-American to enjoy my stories, and the amazing reader letters I get every day prove this!