Sathya Achia is a South Asian American/Canadian author who creates diverse stories of adventure and discovery for picture book, middle grade, and young adult readers. Her debut novel, In My Hands, a contemporary YA fantasy-adventure, was published by Ravens & Roses Publishing in August 2022.
Sathya Achia was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, where she grew up devouring books and playing along the pebbly shores of Lake Huron, before moving to the United States.
Sathya’s creative work is influenced by her South Indian Kodava culture. She grew up spending summers in the remote hills and enchanting jungles of the Western Ghats in India, where she learned the art of storytelling from her grandparents.
As a young reader, she missed seeing heroes like herself—of two worlds and cultures—so she enjoys writing stories inspired by her East meets West roots, mythology and folklore, and the natural world. She believes in the importance of diversity and representation in children’s literature and creates stories of adventure and discovery for picture book, middle grade, and young adult readers.
Sathya’s debut YA novel, In My Hands, was published by Ravens & Roses Publishing in August 2022. Her short story, The Crane in the Mist, will appear in the YA anthology, Tales Untold: Mythos from Around the World in November 2022. Sathya is an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Author’s Guild, and the 12×12 Picture Book community.
By day, Sathya is an award-winning communications professional who currently serves as a senior editor at one of the world’s largest global advertising agencies. Previously, she’s worked in public relations and as a health/medical writer and editor for both consumer and trade publications, pairing her curiosity for understanding what makes the world tick with a love for communicating across print and digital formats.
When not spinning stories, Sathya can be found trying a new yoga pose, exploring the great outdoors, traveling the world, or wrapped up in her greatest adventure of all: Motherhood.
You can find Sathya at sathyaachia.com or on Instagram and TikTok at @SathyaAchiaWrites, or Twitter @SathyaAchiaAbra
- In her heart of hearts, she wishes it were Halloween every day
- She’s played the flute since she was 8 years old
- She has a green thumb and spends hours on end in the garden
- If she had one superpower, she would freeze time
- She had a pet newt that lived nine lives
- She’s a sucker for a spontaneous dance party
- She’s part Jedi (Shhhh! Don’t tell her kids!)
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