A Note from the Writer.
Hello! I'm Annika and I'm a coffee-loving, work-addicted, laughter-obsessed, wanderlusting girl who often finds (mis)adventures in New York City while on my dreamchasing quest.
Words have been my passion for my entire life. I love the power you can wield, the change you can make and the lives you can better by building stories, offering solidarity and breathing new life into worn souls. Armed with an M.Ed from Penn State and an MPH from GWU, I spend my days as a health communications manager to combine my loves for health and words. And by night, I'm an author, blogger, poet, and podcast host, hopeful and determined to make the world a more positive and empowered place.
My writing career has thus far been centered around the Indian-American experience, but it won't stay that way for long! My first book, a romance/women's fiction novel, came out in 2015, and now, I have a three book deal for 2020 focused on a fictional group of friends and their travails in love. In 2019, I took it one step further--and now I'm the founding co-host of a podcast called The Woke Desi, a venture aimed at South Asians and discussing issues surrounding our multicultural experiences that are only whispered about in our communities. But outside of South Asian lifestyle, I can't wait to expand out, to create more novels that show the world as it truly is--colorful, different, nuanced and beautiful.
I love to post about travel, women's empowerment, lifestyle, books, food and Indian-American culture on the blog. I'm also a voracious reader, who maintains a list (link below) with reviews, ratings, and blurbs. Talk to me about history, all things British, Harry Potter, social justice, food, travel, photography, and Bollywood, and we'll be best friends! As always, reach out with any comments, questions or anything else...I can't wait to hear from you.
Represented by Donaghy Literary Group
Writer. Author. Poet.
Annika's first manuscript, a light and quiet romance about an Indian college student falling in love with American charmer, was written in two months during the summer of 2013. After a year of being shelved due to graduate school, it was submitted to agents. Annika landed Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group as her literary agent in July of 2014, and a publishing deal from Curiosity Quills came in November. Released as The Rearranged Life in May of 2015, it has received a Reader's Favorite 5-star Review, been mentioned in Kirkus and the Chicago Tribune, and sold Polish language rights.
In 2017, Annika received another publishing deal--this time from renowned publisher Sourcebooks. With the editing prowess of RWA-NYC Editor of the Year Cat Clyne, the fictional series about a group of friends with Indian backgrounds and their culturally conflicted love stories, will be released beginning in 2020.
A closet poet who jotted down notes on her phone, Annika began sharing her poetry on Instagram, slowly building a following. Her blog is updated frequently with secondary thoughts on podcast episodes, her adventures, and life lessons learned.
Founding Co-host of the Podcast
The Woke Desi
"3 Women. 2 cities. 1 woke podcast."
This has been the rallying cry for The Woke Desi, an all-women, all-Desi-led podcast launched in May of 2019. Recognizing the void of South Asian voices in the podcasting world, Annika put out a call for co-hosts. Within a month, a team was formed and growing through cross-country flights between New York and San Francisco, 14-hour work days, weekly meetings, constant text threads and feedback from their audience. Together, the three women--Annika, marketing strategist and influencer Nehal Tenany--have constructed episodes surrounding issues that remain woefully unspoken about within South Asian communities. Unafraid to broach subjects like trauma, abuse, infertility, mental health, and LGBTQ rights, the three women release a new episode every Tuesday at midnight on seven different platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify.