Amita is a writer, based in London. She writes in two genres: contemporary mystery and historical mystery romance. Her Arya Winters series of mysteries is published with Agora. The first came out in 2021. The second will follow in 2022. Her mystery novel Thirteenth Night won the Exeter Novel Prize in 2022.
Her first novel The Trouble with Rose came out with Harper Collins in 2019, with the German edition with Random House Blanvalet in 2021.
Having lived in and around Delhi, London and California, Amita likes to write funny things about cultural encounters and relationships. She thinks of herself as a bit of a nomad, though a previous tutor also aptly suggested the label “cultural abyss.” (Use in a sentence: Amita, you’re a cultural abyss.)
In 2016, her short story collection won the SI Leeds Literary Prize at a magical award ceremony at the Ilkley Literature Festival. The collection was partly written under a Leverhulme Writer-in-Residence grant at University College London in 2015, and stories appear in Wasafiri, SAND Berlin, the Berkeley Fiction Review and others.
She’s held writerly residencies with Leverhulme/University College London and Plymouth University/Literature Works. She has taught advanced fiction at the University of East Anglia and CityLit London. She’s been mentor at the British Council and writer in residence at Spread the Word.