Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas, surrounded by a lot of delicious food and plenty of diversity. She draws on her personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds that center around strong Indian women. Once an MMA fighter, she’s now all about puppies and rainbows and tortured love stories. She currently lives in Austin where she not-so-secretly watches Mathew McConaughey from afar during UT football games. Queso is her weakness and thanks to her family’s cooking, Indian/Tex-Mex cuisine is a real thing. She’s a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, a lover of chocolates from around the world, and is always wrapped up in a story.
Hi! My name is Sajni (rhymes with judge-knee) Patel (pronounced Puh-tell). I moved to the States from India when I was very young and grew up in Texas. Yes, I have a southern accent. Yes, I grew up on Indian, BBQ, Tex-Mex, Mexican, and soul food. Yum! Part of my waking hours are spent advancing space research, playing with animals, and binge-watching Netflix. I write novels featuring Own Voices, romance, and kick-butt girls.
Fun Facts About Me:
~I love chocolates from around the world. I’ve had chocolates made with cow, goat, sheep, and camel milk.
~I have no chill with baby animals, especially puppies and goats.
~In high school, I was on the volleyball and softball team, tried out (and failed) cheerleading, took mixed martial arts, and in college was exposed to the gripping world of female Muy Thai fighters. (Don’t mess with me!)
~BlueBell ice-cream encompasses my entire childhood.
~I love color and sparkles.
~I’m the unicorn they warned you about.
I am represented by Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.
Follow me on Twitter: @SajniAPatel