Writer-in-Residence interviews Bollywood-style love story author Sonali Dev

Award-winning author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Her books—including A Bollywood Affair, opens a new windowThe Bollywood Bride, opens a new windowA Distant Heart, opens a new window, and A Change of Heart, opens a new window—have been on NPR, Washington PostLibrary Journal, and Kirkus Review's best books of the year lists. But Sonali is most proud of Shelf Awareness, opens a new window calling her, “Not only one of the best but also one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” 

Her new novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, opens a new window, is a multicultural, gender-swapped reimagining of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, opens a new window. It released from William Morrow on May 7. Her novella featuring some of the same characters will appear in an anthology called Once Upon a Wedding due out June 11. Sonali lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, two teens, and the world’s most perfect dog. 

On this episode of "Inside the Writer’s Head", learn more about Sonali’s unique approach to translating Austen’s themes to today’s world, the biggest misconceptions about writing romance, and her heartfelt take on speaking widely and passionately about embracing stories from marginalized voices.

Jessica Strawser
2019 Writer-in-Residence: Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Editor-at-Large: Writer's Digest 
Novelist: Almost Missed You, opens a new window • Not That I Could Tell, opens a new window • Forget You Know Me, opens a new window • St. Martin's Press
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