USA Today bestselling author Falguni Kothari writes “messy love stories” that are “perfect for book groups” and kick-ass fantasy tales. Her novels, most recently The Object of Your Affections, and short stories are all flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. An award-winning Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dancer, she resides in New York with her husband and belts out Karaoke in her spare time.
Falguni Kothari is a USA Today bestselling author of “messy love stories” and kick-ass fantasy tales that are a “good choice for women’s fiction book groups.” Her novels are all flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences, and delve into common, yet unconventional, themes of marriage, romance, friendship, family and parenthood. Her books have been reviewed and praised in a number of podcasts and publications, including the New York Times Book Review, starred reviews in Booklist and Shelf Awareness, Popsugar, Woman’s World magazine and The Times of India. Her essays and short stories have been published in Femina (India), Better Homes and Gardens, Book Riot and Writer’s Digest.
She is also an award-winning Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dancer, practices karaoke in her downtime, is an empty-nester, and loathes flying and deadlines.
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Once upon a story…
I was born and bred in Mumbai, married young, had my children young, before my family moved to New York in the Spring of 2001. If anyone had asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, while growing up, I’d never in a million years have said, “an author.” Honestly, I abhored writing…at least, the school version of it. But, I love stories. Always have, always will. I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been entertained by stories.
One of my fondest memories is of my grandmother and her masseuse (aka maalishwaalibai) telling me stories of my Gujarati heritage and mythic India. Anecdotes about gods and demons, heroes and epic battles were all too common a debate to wake to most mornings. What stood out, as I grew older and the stories grew more complex, was that both my grandmother and the maalishwaalibai even though they were more or less formally uneducated (neither one went beyond a very basic elementary school education), were telling me tales about women of legend. Women who’d broken the shackles of time, place and culture and become heroes in their own right. Women who just might’ve been the world’s, certainly India’s, first feminists. Women who respected and loved men who respected and loved them in turn.
Needless to say, the stories made an impression on me. And now that I’ve accidently (most fortunately) fallen (er, have been pushed by my mother) down the writer’s rabbit hole, those are the stories I wish to tell: the forever kind.
- Podcast with Zibby Owens of “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books”
- Public Library podcast with Helen Little
- Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner
- Harlequin Junkie Spotlight and Interview
- Westchester Magazine—Feature in February issue
- WOCA Author Interview
- “Exploring Life & Love Stories” an interview with Kirkus
- “Novel Idea” in the Scarsdale Inquirer (pdf)
- Roxanne Rhoads
- Deal Sharing Aunt
- Happy Ever After—USA Today: 5 Questions Interview
In The News
- Me and The Object of Your Affections from Bobbi Dummas for Kirkus
- Review in Our Town paper NYC
- Fresh Fiction review of The Object of Your Affections
- One of the best new books in Women’s World—March, 2019
- PopSugar—Best Books of Winter roundup
- She Reads—Must Read 2019 Book roundup
- “Looking for fluffy Valentine’s Day fiction? These ain’t it” in The Seattle PI
- Feature in The Daily Voice
- PR Newswire: “Expansion of Harlequin’s Trade Publishing Program Continues with Launch of New Imprint”
- Shelf Awareness: “Harlequin Launches Graydon House Books”
Blog, Newsletter and Magazine Articles by Falguni Kothari
- 6 Books on the Power of Surrogacy
- The Girly Book Club—Review
- Deborah Kalb Books—Q&A ran 2/5
- Long And Short Reviews—Review 1/18
- “The Rise of the Indian Romance Novel: The Story of the Desi Hea,” guest post for BookRiot
- HEA Asks Authors: What Would You Like Your Honey To Do for You Today, and Vice Versa?
- Authors and Their Book Boyfriends
- “5 Novels That Chronicle Indian Women’s Life, Loss and Cultural Stigma,” guest post for Brown Girl
- “How I Got My Agent,” guest post for Writer’s Digest
- “Writer At Work: Do Not Disturb!” guest post for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- “Tired of Tropes: Authors Dish on the Tropes They’re Sick Of,” for Bookish
- “Benefits of Being a Hybrid Author,” guest post for Pub Crawl
- “All Heart” for Better Homes and Gardens (pdf)
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