Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.
Sangu’s first novel, The Lost Girl, is a sci fi story about a girl who was stitched to life solely to replace her identical original. It was published by Balzer+Bray in 2012. Her next novel is A Spark of White Fire, a space opera inspired by Indian mythology, and will be published in 2018 by Sky Pony Press. Sangu is also the author of short stories in anthologies like Welcome Home (Flux, 2017) and Hungry Hearts (Simon Pulse, 2019).
The Less Official Version
I tell stories about things that are and aren’t real. Usually the latter. Maybe it comes from a love of reading about things that aren’t real. I grew up in a house so full of books my mother’s fairly sure it’s going to fall down on her head any day now.
I was four years old when I wrote my first short story. It was about my father’s coffee plantation and an elephant chasing our Jeep. Coincidentally, we had only just been chased by an elephant. Which was fun. Except not really because it was terrifying.
My oldest friends will tell you I was a dreadful little storyteller. I once had my best friend convinced that I had a purple flying motorcycle. So I guess it’s not surprising then that I now write novels.
I grew up in Bangalore, which is a city in the south of India, and have lived in the UK for over ten years. I met my husband at university (he did not strike me as future husband material at the time but he’s grown on me since.) and we now live in Norwich, which is a city in the east of England. We also have kids. They’re cute.