About

_DSF0003Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s lists of Best Books of the year. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance 2014, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. She was hailed by NPR.org as a ‘stunning debut’.

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Short Bio

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Want to know more? Sonali’s been spilling all in interviews around the web…

Bollywood Film Recs on SBTB

A DISTANT HEART Cover Reveal on Bustle

The Rumpus Interview

Book Brahmin Interview on Shelf Awareness

An analysis of A CHANGE OF HEART on USA TODAY’s The Sweet Spot

The Chicago Reader Cover Story

My list of favorite romance novels on Chicago Reader

On NPR reviewing RITA books with representation

Dreaming in Color- About my writing journey on RT Reviews

My attempts at being an Agony Aunt with Kristan Higgins

The real reason I love romance on Read A Romance Month

Why I write the heroines I write on Book Riot

“Why Arranged Marriage?” On Masalamommas about Romance, Feminism and Marriage

Bollywood, Tropes, and Saris: An All About Romance Author Interview

Romance and the Business of Joy on ReadARomanceMonth

Why it’s Time the Romance Genre Reflected our Diverse World

Member Spotlight on the Contemporary Romance Writers Blog

On Jezebel, About Bringing Bollywood to Romance

The Culture of Your Story, Not Just for Multiculturals on Romance University 

Sonali’s Favorite Bollywood Kiss on Barnes And Noble’s Blog

The Story Behind The Bollywood Bride Cover on USA Today

On Marriage, The Real Bollywood, and Inspiration on Speaking of China

Breaking into Romance as a South Asian Author on Suprose

How Diwali and Halloween Make Up Sonali’s Fall on Read-A-Romance

Sonali’s Last Read on Land of Lost Books

On Being An Outsider And An Insider on USA Today (with excerpt)

Why Backstory is the Spine of Your Story on Romance University

Why we need more diverse books on the Contemporary RWA Blog

A Bollywood Affair Cover Reveal on USA Today

Sonali talks sisterhoods with the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood

Author Adite Banerjie talks words and Bollywood with Sonali

My Accident-Ridden Writers Journey on the Firebirds Blog

Author friend Hanna Martine interviews Sonali about her Bollywood obsession

Inspiration Hunting in the Publishing World on Romance University

YA Author B A Binns Interviews Sonali about the Golden Heart Experience

Fellow Golden Heart Finalist, Leslie Lynch, Interviews Sonali about her Writing Journey