Indian young authors are slowly gaining more recognition, as their voices present a new perspective on conventional everyday topics, and their originality makes for novels that are profound and inspiring. More opportunities are beginning to open up for those in the younger generation who want to pursue writing seriously, as a full time profession. Though writing can be intimidating given the vast array of authors that seem to dominate the field, the following young female authors of India prove how they have been able to make a name for themselves by doing what they love. Here is the list of 10 Young Female authors Who are entertaining us and their passionate readers:
- Preeti Shenoy: Preeti Shenoy is an Indian author and blogger. During her school years, Shenoy studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya. Shenoy is also a self-taught artist. After writing as a blogger, Shenoy published her first book, 34 Bubblegums and Candies, a collection of short stories based on real-life incidents. The second book by Shenoy, Life Is What You Make It, was published on 1 January 2011 and became a national bestseller, along with its sequel, Wake Up, Life Is Calling. Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake was published by RHI on 1 February 2012. Her fourth book, The Secret Wish List was released in October 2012. Her fifth book, The One You Cannot Have was released in November 2013. In December 2014, she released yet another fiction novel, It Happens for a Reason, the story of a single mother Vipasha. Her book Why We Love The Way We Do is a collection of essays on relationships. It's All in the Planet's was published in September 2016. A Hundred Little Flames was released in November 2017. Love A Little Stronger was released on 27 April 2018. The Rule Breakers was released on 17 September 2018. She was awarded an Indian of the Year award by Brands Academy and also received a business excellence award from the New Delhi Management Institute. She was a keynote speaker at the Birmingham Literature Festival.
- Madhuri Banerjee: Madhuri Banerjee (born 9 August 1975) is an Indian author, columnist and screenwriter. Her debut novel Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas sold over 40,000 copies. The writer of the successful Bollywood film, Hate Story 2, she has also worked with actress Karishma Kapoor on a non-fiction book called The Yummy Mummy Guide. Banerjee was a columnist with Asian Age for two years and had a sex and relationship column in the Maxim magazine. Her awards include National Award for her documentary on women’s issues called Between Dualities. She has been the face of Revlon as their Relationship Expert for their campaign Choices. Banerjee has been called by Cosmo magazine as the Carrie Bradshaw of India and has also been featured in the India Today Woman magazine twice in her six years as an author. A documentary was made about her by Dove as a Yahoo Fearless and Fab Woman, available on the Yahoo website. Shobhaa De calls her a Raja Ravi Verma painting and says about her debut novel, "Madhuri’s spunky, vivid take on negotiating sexual space in today’s insane social environment has won her several fans across the gender divide! BOOKS: Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas (2011), Mistakes Like Love And Sex (2012), My Yummy Mummy Guide (2013), Advantage Love (2014), Scandalous Housewives (2014), My Clingy Girlfriend (2015), Forbidden Desires (2016), The Flaky Mummy (2016)
- Kiran Manral: Kiran Manral (born 1971) is an Indian author. Based in Mumbai, she published her first novel The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Karmic Kids (2015) her first non-fiction work, is an introduction to parenting based on her own experience of raising a son. Manral is the founder of India Helps, a network of volunteers who assist disaster victims. Born in Mumbai on 22 June 1971, Manral studied at Duruelo Convent High School in Mumbai and graduated in English from Mithibai College in 1991. After working as an advertising copywriter, she joined the news service at Mumbai's DSJ TV and went on to work as a feature writer for The Times of India and Cosmopolitan India. In 2000, she became a freelance journalist and, from 2005, a blogger creating "Thirtysixandcounting" and "Karmickids". At their height, both were considered to be among the most popular blogs in India, before she closed them down in order to devote more time to motherhood. She then turned to writing, publishing The Reluctant Detective in 2011, which received generally positive reviews. Once upon a Crush which followed in 2014 describes the romance experienced by an office girl who constantly runs into misfortunes. Manral comes up with another romance in her All Aboard (2015), set on a Mediterranean cruise ship. The same year, Manral published her first non-fiction work, Karmic Kids, describing her experience of bringing up her spirited son from childbirth to age ten. One calls for the book "to be read by everyone", not just mothers. Set in the Himalayan foothills, her novel, The Face at the Window, is described as "a dark brooding story of mysterious, concealed identities." Her novella, Saving Maya, was long listed for the Saboteur Awards UK, supported by the Arts Council England. She published Missing, Presumed Dead, a psychological thriller in 2018. The Times of India called it "a must-read for everyone who knows a dear one battling mental illness." In 2019, she published 13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting which she co-wrote with author Ashwin Sanghi. She has also written the True Love Stories series and A Boy's Guide To Growing Up for Juggernaut, an app-based reading platform.
- Ira Trivedi: Ira Trivedi is an Indian author, columnist, and yoga teacher. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, often on issues related to women and gender in India. Her works include India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century, What Would You Do to Save the World?, The Great Indian Love Story, and There's No Love on Wall Street. Trivedi was born in Lucknow, India. Her grandmother is author Kranti Trivedi. Trivedi began practising yoga while she was a student at Wellesley College. Trivedi graduated from Wellesley College in 2006 with a degree in economics. She has an MBA from Columbia University. She completed Acharya training from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. In 2015, Trivedi won the Devi Award for dynamism and innovation. That same year, she was awarded a UK Media Award for best investigative article dealing with bride trafficking in India. In 2017, Trivedi was chosen as one of the "BBC's 100 most influential women in the world. BOOKS: What Would You Do To Save the World (2006, Penguin Books), The Great Indian Love Story (2009, Penguin Books), There's No Love On Wall Street (2011, Penguin Books), India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century (2014, Aleph Book Company), Gumrah: 11 Short Teen Crime Stories (2016), Nikhil and Riya (2017), The 10 Minute Yoga Solution (2017, Harper Collins), The Desi Guide to Dating (2019), Om the Yoga Dog (2020, Puffin)
- Savi Sharma: Savi Sharma is an Indian novelist. She is the author of the best-selling novel Everyone Has a Story – An Inspirational Story of Dreams, Friendship, Hope, Love & Life. She is also the co-founder of the motivational media blog "Life & People" where she writes about positivity, meditation, the law of attraction, and spirituality. After school, Sharma enrolled for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at a university in Surat and began studying Chartered Accountancy. She decided to quit her studies after being convinced about her book Everyone Has a Story. She self-published it, which went on to become a bestseller, making Sharma India's first successful female self-published author. BOOKS: Everyone Has a Story (2015), This is Not Your Story (2017), Everyone Has a Story – 2 (2018), Stories We Never Tell (2020)
- Anjua Chauhan: Anuja Chauhan (Hindi: अनुजा चौहान) is an Indian author, advertiser and screenwriter. As a writer, she is known for The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (2010), Those Pricey Thakur Girls (2013), The House That BJ Built (2015),Baaz (2017), and Club You To Death (2021). She worked at the JWT advertising agency in India for over 17 years, becoming vice-president and executive creative director before resigning in 2010 to pursue a full-time literary career. Born in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Chauhan spent most of her childhood in various cantonment towns in North India, as her father served in the Indian Army. He took premature retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, migrating to Australia thereafter. She is the youngest of four sisters: Padmini, Rohini, Nandini, and Anuja. Her older sister Nandini Bajpai is also an author. She did her schooling at the Army Public School, New Delhi, Sophia Girls Convent, Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Miranda House, Delhi University, and a post graduate diploma in mass communication from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
- Nikita Singh: Nikita Singh (born 6 October 1991) is an Indian writer. She has written twelve books including The Reason is You, Every Time It Rains, Like a Love Song, The Promise and After All This Time. She has also edited and contributed to an anthology of stories titled 25 Strokes of Kindness. Her 2016 novel, Like a Love Song, debuted at No. 2 at Hindustan Times Bestseller list. In the following year, Every Time It Rains, debuted on No. 7 on the same list. BOOKS: Love @ Facebook (2011), Accidentally in Love (2011), If It's Not Forever… It's Not Love (2012), The Promise (2012), 25 Strokes of Kindness (2013), Someone Like You (2013), The Unreasonable Fellows (2013), Right Here Right Now (2014), The Turning Point: Best of Young Indian Writers (2014), After All This Time (2015), Like A Love Song (2016), Every Time It Rains (2017), Letters To My Ex (2018), The Reason is You (2019), What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror? (2021)
- Ruchi Kokcha: Ruchi Kokcha is a poet and passionate reader with a Masters in English literature from Delhi University. She has taught creative writing in Hong Kong. Obsessed is her debut novel. BOOKS: Obsessed, A Kiss in the Air, My Ex, My Mother's Boyfriend
- Anamika Mishra: Anamika Mishra is an award-winning author of 5 books and one of the most read travel bloggers in India with readers from all across the world. She is also a motivational speaker and a mentor having half a million collective followers on social media. Her first book Too hard to handle was released in 2013 followed by Voicemates and For the sake of love published by Jaico and Westland respectively. Her latest book is called Dreamcatcher which is exclusively available on Amazon. She is also a climate crisis activist and recently announced her digital initiative for responsible travel and ecotourism Responsible Yatri. She is a storyteller, a poet and aims to inspire people to follow their passions.
- Zuni Chopra: Zuni Chopra is an Indian author best known for her novel The House That Spoke. She has also authored three other books. Zuni is the daughter of filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra and journalist Anupama Chopra. One of her poems titled, The Mountain Range that talked about the exam pressure on the students, was well received in the Indian media. She is set to major in creative writing in Stanford University in September 2019. Zuni was shortlisted for Young Author Awards 2018. Chopra's first book of poetry The Land of Dreams was published by Ameya Prakashan in 2011. Her second book of poetry Painting with Words was published by Ameya Prakashan in 2014. Both books are dedicated to her family. Chopra's debut novel The House That Spoke was published in 2017 by Penguin Random House India when Chopra was 15. It is dedicated to three of her friends. The book was originally set in London but after struggling to "breathe life" into the story, she relocated it to Kashmir. Her second book The Island of the Day Before, a collection of stories, flash fiction, and poetry, was published in 2018.