Roshani Chokshi

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Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draw on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series include The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which has been optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.—from


Anyone who knew Roshani Chokshi ’09 as a student would expect great things from this highly motivated young lady, but even her most ardent supporters would be amazed at the speed of her success as a published author.

At barely 25, Roshani could easily pass for a heroine in a teen fantasy novel. Instead, this dark-haired beauty toiled endlessly to complete her own fantasy novel, and, with a tenacious spirit and fierce determination, she navigated the labyrinth of the publishing world to find a home for “The Star-Touched Queen.” With its foundation culled from mythology, Roshani describes her book as a retelling of familiar stories set in a new world.

Roshani, who graduated from Emory University in 2013, began writing as a pre-teen. “Woodward had the best library ever,” she recalls. “I remember the one in the Lower School. They had shelves of mythology, and I would check out all of them. The reading curriculum was fun, and it was taught in a way that was accessible. It really gave me the foundation for writing.”

Roshani began her love affair with mythology long before her days in the Lower School. She is a perfect blend of her parents’ Indian and Filipino heritage, and Roshani suggests that her love of mythology stems from that background. “My mom and dad gave me original versions of ‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales,’ Hans Christian Andersen, all of Andrew Lang fairy tales, and world mythology, because they didn’t teach me either of their languages. I needed world fairy tales as a way for me to get in touch with both sides of my heritage.”

In Middle School, Roshani’s writing style blossomed. “Ms. [Dee] Koscik changed everything. She was the first one who believed in me.” In Upper School, Roshani was a fixture in the student publications office and served as editor of the Blade newspaper and the Silent Voices literary magazine.—from


Her books:

Young adult titles:

The Silvered Serpents

The Gilded Wolves

The Star-Touched Queen

The Bronzed Beasts

A Crown of Wishes

Once More Upon a Time

Middle grade titles:

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes

Aru Shah and the City of Gold