Ami Majmudar was minding her own business: telling stories, dancing and teaching Bharatanatyam, reading books, and perfecting her methi paratha recipe . . . when the gods of ancient India benevolently, but persistently, demanded her attention. Before she knew it, she had written her first novel: The Torchbearers. A graduate of UC Berkeley in English, she became a high school English teacher, and her students quickly learned that she would drop everything for a story—knowledge which they tried to use to their advantage on exam days. Despite (reluctantly) growing up, Majmudar loves children’s and young adult books, which she loves to read with her three children. Ami is hoping for more visits from the gods, leading to more novels.