"There is real magic in this book. Reshma K. Barshikar goes straight onto my very short list of must-read authors of fantasy. The Hidden Children deserves to be on every bestseller list in the world."- Ashok K. Banker
"The Hidden Children is like Harry Potter in one exciting way: It feels like the first book of what will be an excellent series."
- The Swaddle
In 2012 I fell down a rabbit hole and discovered a world outside a fluorescent cubicle; I fell into writing. I began jotting down little snippets from my travels as an Investment Banker- you can find my first piece here, and I was fortunate many of them published in the erstwhile India Today Travel Plus and the National Geographic Traveller. In about a year I had contributed to the Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, The Sunday Guardian, SilverKris, The Mint Lounge and The Hindu. I then began a novel, Fade Into Red, which, to my utter surprise, was published by Penguin Random House (erstwhile Random House India) and debuted in the Amazon Top 10 Bestseller list. Today I write and teach full time. I hold creative writing workshops for middle schoolers and young adults and teach Finance to whose who still think I have something worthwhile to say. The Hidden Children, my latest novel, was the only Indian novel to feature in the Amazon Childrens YA bestseller list and is currently No 10 in the charts and is being hailed as the 'Indian Harry Potter.'
I believe it's time for Indian Young Adults to find representation in the books they read. I want to build a strong and proud community of Indian YA and New Adult readers and spread our unique ideas of fantasy & magic across the globe.
I am from a little jewel of a city called Coimbatore but now live in Mumbai and try and spend time as much time in the Nilgiris as I can, which is never as much as I'd like. I have always wanted to have that writer profile that goes something like- 'she lives in Seoul and Timbuktu' or some such, but could never fathom how one person can be at two places at the same time- a Schrödinger's cat sort of situation where both possibilities are only live cats which is quite nice for the cat from the cat's point of view I think. Anyway, I will end this ramble with I am home wherever the two halves of my heart, my husband and daughter, reside and that's mostly in the city that I am proud to call home, Bombay, and it's alter ego, Mumbai. See, I do live in two places at once!