Appearing in Tent #1 | 2:30 pm
About the author
Payal Doshi has a master’s degree in Creative Writing from The New School, NY. Having lived in India, the UK, and US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to her debut middle grade novel, Rea and the Blood of the Nectar. Raised in Mumbai, India, she currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family and can be found daydreaming about fantasy realms to send her characters into.
MFOB featured book: Rea and the Blood of the Nectar
Rea and the Blood of the Nectar is the first book in The Chronicles of Astranthia series. It tells the story of Rea Chettri, a 12-year-old girl living a simple, if boring, life on the tea plantations of Darjeeling, India. Without warning, Rea’s life gets turned on its head when her twin brother, Rohan, goes missing. Determined to save him, Rea embarks on a secret adventure into the enchanted world of Astranthia. There, she must battle serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounter a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learn what has happened to her brother. In this thrilling tale of family and friendship, Rea will grapple with dark truths, discover her true self, and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can Rea rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all?