Next Letter for Kids: Payal Doshi

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Our next Letter for Kids comes from author Payal Doshi! Payal writes to us about growing up in India, and her favorite things to do when she visits now. Plus, she’s included a recipe for mango lassi you can try for yourself!

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Payal Doshi has a Masters in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School, New York. Having lived in the UK and US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to what would become her first children’s novel. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two-year-old daughter. When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family, you can find her nose deep in a book with a cup of coffee or daydreaming of fantasy realms to send her characters off into. She loves the smell of old, yellowed books. Rea and the Blood of the Nectar, the first book in the Chronicles of Astranthia series, is her debut middle-grade novel.

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Photograph of Payal Doshi courtesy of Payal Doshi.