This month I interviewed Sandhya Acharya, author of lovely children's books.
I always enjoyed making stories for my sons. Some of these stories and just being around my sons and observing their antics have been the inspiration behind my adventure with children’s books. My first children’s book was titled Big Red Firetruck and was published through the Amazon KDP program in March 2016. It was well received with 4/5 rating with 29 reviews. But more than anything, it was such a fun project that soonafter I set my heart on another children’s book. This time my goal was to have hardcover books since children really enjoy the sensory experience of touching and feeling a book. That brings me to my latest children’s book 10 Gulab Jamuns - Counting with an indian sweet treat.
While on my writing journey, I learned there was a huge gap in the children’s books market. Did you know that ..
Brothers Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) are very excited. Guests are coming over for dinner and their Mamma has already cooked a lot. Next, she is cooking Gulab Jamuns, but Idu and Adu don’t know what Gulab Jamuns are. Before long, they discover just how good these wonderful golden, sugary syrup-soaked balls are and how quickly they melt in their mouths. But Mamma has only made 10 Gulab Jamuns. Will they last until their guests come?
The book not only provides the opportunity for multicultural/south asian descent kids to relate to the characters but also encourages kids of all backgrounds to learn something new about each other. It includes some basic lessons in counting, models positive parenting through its fun story-line and also highlights sibling love and dynamics. What’s more, it includes a recipe by a well loved Bay Area food blogger to make those delicious Gulab Jamuns yourself. Nothing better than reading the book and then doing a fun cooking project with kids.
The book is ready for pre-order here
I love to sit in coffee shops and libraries. Sipping a coffee, looking around, observing people and being surrounded by books is the perfect inspiration I need. It stimulates my thinking process and gives that perfect balance of having enough subtle distractions to concentrate.
About the author
Sandhya Acharya grew up in Mumbai, India and now lives in the Bay Area. She previously worked in corporate finance and is now a writer. She is mother to two young boys, a dance and running enthusiast.Her articles have featured in NPR(KQED), India Currents and IMC connect. She won the third prize in Katha 2017, a short story contest by India Currents and Wellstone Center in the Redwoods for her story “Cherry Blossoms”. Her short stories have also appeared in literary journals like Peacock Journal, and Aaduna. She also blogs regularly at www.sandhyaacharya.com.
Be sure to check out her facebook page and website
And do remember to preorder a copy of 10 Gulab Jamuns. I promise it will be fun!
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Sunanda Chatterjee is a practicing physician in Southern California. When she is not by the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction.