Nayanika Mahtani harboured dreams of becoming a stage actor, but she followed the proverbial left side of her brain to IIM Bangalore and became an investment banker instead. A decade later, she followed her heart to live in Africa. Since then, she’s been following the right side of her brain and is a copywriter by day and a storyteller by night. She now lives in London with her husband, two daughters and their goldfish named Sushi and Fishfinger.
Nayanika’s first novel, Ambushed, an adventure set in tiger territory, was published by Puffin in 2015. All royalties from Ambushed go to Tiger Watch, an NGO in Ranthambhore, for a school for the children of former poachers, to afford them a window to alternate livelihoods.
Her next book, The Gory Story of Genghis Khan a.k.a. Don’t Mess with the Mongols, was released by Puffin in March 2017. It is not a sequel to Ambushed – because Genghis Khan wanted a book all to himself. And Nayanika has learnt not to mess with him.
Nayanika has been invited to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2015 (Southbank Centre, London), 2016 (Jaipur) and 2017 (The British Library, London) – as well as at author sessions in schools and other lovely places that have both children and books.
Read more about the author: www.nayanikamahtani.com