Shruthi Rao is a writer and editor. She has written a number of books for children (Manya Learns to Roar, The Secret Garden, Avani and the Pea Plant, The Story Lady.) Her fiction has won several awards, and her essays on travel, books, science and culture have been published in NGT India, BLink, Scroll.in, Mint Lounge and India Currents among others. Shruthi loves books, trees, desserts, hikes and the internet. Originally from Bangalore, India, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA.