When she was eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata – A Child’s View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell 50,000 copies worldwide, winning the Elsa Morante Literary Award, and receiving commendations from the German Academy for Youth Literature and Media and The Spanish Ministry of Culture. Samhita’s second book, Sita’s Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels for two weeks in 2011. Elle Magazine named Arni as one of twenty young upcoming South Asian writers to watch out for. Her latest book, The Missing Queen, is a speculative-fiction mythological thriller. Samhita is an alumnus of the United World College in Italy and has a double-major in Religion and Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College (USA). She has lived in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Italy and the USA.