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A fiction author, freelance journalist, public speaker, fiction writing instructor, and former newspaper reporter, Anju was first published at the age of 7 in Hong Kong’s leading English language newspaper, The South China Morning Post – not a written piece but a drawing!
A shy, Indian girl who grew up in the concrete maze and scenic star-dust skyline of Hong Kong (think Bend It Like Beckham but without the soccer), ever since Anju saw her name in print, she’s been floating on a cloud of imagination wielding a pen in hand, wondering how to handle characters that wouldn’t stop talking to her. So she put her ‘imaginary friends’ in hot water and watched them dance across the page. What started as one story unfolded into a series of books.
Her curiosity about cultures, the traditions imprinting people’s values and the effect on their lives spices her writing journey. Anju observes how fixed impressions, predetermined mind-sets and habit-to-stereotype and judge define people’s thinking patterns and behavior. With family and friends scattered across the globe, Anju questions why, despite leaps in technology and communication, meaning gets lost in translation.
In addition to writing fiction books, Anju is an avid blogger and loves to share her experiences in the power of story, health and fitness, self empowerment and great fiction reads. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Atlanta Writers Club. An AWC conference award winner for ‘The Best Pitch’ by Folio Literary Management, Anju presents workshops at regional and national conferences to writers from across the globe.
Anju has been published internationally in fiction, feature, news, interviews, perspective pieces, columns, parenting and travel articles in publications across Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the U.S. She was born in India and has also lived in Singapore, Australia, New Jersey, Connecticut, and finally dug her roots in Atlanta, USA, with her husband, 2 dashing boys and a rebel lion-head rabbit.
Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature (India) and Creative Writing / Journalism (Australia), Anju still pursues her creativity in her free time by perfecting the art of drawing stick-figure men.
Anju loves to read, travel, fusion-cook, listen to the best of Holly-and-Bollywood beats, watch Animal Planet, Food Network and other vegetarian cooking shows. Forever in pursuit of the next great recipe, Anju creates new dishes using Western-Indian ingredients with the same zest and synergy she blends in every story waiting to be told.
Anju is represented by super-uber agent Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency. She hopes her books will one day Bridge Cultures and Break Barriers.