Sandhya Menon: writer of things for teens.
Hello dear reader friends!

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

I love answering questions from my super-awesome readers so I’ve setup these categories!

Anything and Everything

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE

Writing!

Annnnnything and Everything

When does your next book come out?

FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE, my next YA contemporary, will be out in the summer of 2018! Preorder from your local indie bookstore or Amazon! Add on Goodreads here.

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!

That’s not a question, but thank you, and yes, I agree! I’m so lucky to have the design team I do.

Do you write full time?

I do now! I’m taking a sabbatical from graduate school (I was working toward licensure as a therapist), and hope to go back when my writing life settles down somewhat.

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 newsletter here!

Can I get signed copies of your books?

Yes! You can email my local indie bookstore, Tattered Cover, to have them ship a signed copy to you! It’s a great way to support a small business and get a signed book at the same time. Win, win. 🙂

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When Dimple Met Rishi

When does WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI come out?

It’s out now! 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 will be a companion novel that follows Rishi’s little brother, Ashish! It comes out in the summer of 2019. You can add it on Goodreads here.

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. That’s not my experience with it at all–nearly all of my family has gotten married in arranged marriages. I wanted to write something funny and lighthearted that showed the concept of arranged marriage in a much more positive light.

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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 definitely what I like to call a “spiritual successor” to WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI! It’s got the same heart, humor, and fun-loving characters (not to mention tons of girl power!) as WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI.

WHEN ASHISH ME SWEETIE, on the other hand, is a companion novel to WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and will be out in the summer of 2019! It’s not available for pre-order yet, but you can add it on Goodreads here.

Will you be doing a pre-order campaign for FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE?

Yes, most definitely! I’m currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on a very killer pre-order campaign, so make sure you save your receipts so you can claim the exclusive goodies!

Did I mention you can pre-order FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE at the following
retailers? Indiebound | Amazon | B&N

What is FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE about?

Check out my books page here!

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Writing!

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: https://www.writingdiversely.com/ Good luck!