Life can get pretty awkward when your parents decide to check in on your love life, so can you only imagine the crazy and hilarious hijinks that might happen if they took it a step further and went on a husband hunt after your high school graduation? When Dimple Met Rishi is Sandhya Menon鈥檚 hilarious debut novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents are conspiring for them to get married, much to the annoyance of headstrong Dimple, who doesn鈥檛 think she needs a husband. Romantic Rishi, on the other hand, doesn鈥檛 see the problem with a tradition that has worked for hundreds of years. Sandhya Menon鈥檚 book will have you LOL鈥檌ng as you watch these two figure out what exactly this whole love thing is about. We caught up with Sandya and chatted about her creativity tips, her lady heroes, and more. Scroll on to learn more about this brilliant writer!

Brit + Co: Describe your book in six words or less.

Sandhya Menon: Love makes idiots of us all. (And if I could add more, I鈥檇 say: This is Dimple and Rishi鈥檚 story.)

B+C: Where/when do you do your best writing?

SM: In a quiet room. I love writing on my bed (as long as it鈥檚 made!). I write best in the morning and afternoon until about 4pm, at which point I take a break. I may write again in the evening, once the sun goes down.

B+C: What鈥檚 your go-to cure for when you鈥檙e stuck in a creativity rut?

SM: Watch a TV show that I find fun/interesting, read non-fiction books (I love memoirs), and do something completely unrelated to writing.

B+C: What two lady heroes do you turn to for inspiration, and why?

SM: I love Gretchen Rubin, who I think is full of fabulous wisdom and approachable, practical advice. I also love the story of Princess Sophia Singh, whose biography I鈥檓 reading right now (excellently written by Anita Anand). She was a socialite who developed a taste for suffragette sabotage 鈥 what鈥檚 not to love about that? (Photo via Michael Weschler)

B+C: What鈥檚 your latest Instagram obsession?

SM: I鈥檓 loving Sketchy Desi (@sketchy_desi) right now. She鈥檚 hilarious and her art is so beautiful!

B+C: Can you name a book that you think deserves a little more love + recognition?

SM: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo! I鈥檓 so excited for this one.

B+C: What鈥檚 next on your to-read pile?

SM: A re-read of Anne Lamott鈥檚 Bird by Bird. That book is like nectar to the thirsty writer鈥檚 soul.

B+C: What advice do you have for aspiring creative ladies?

SM: Keep at it and don鈥檛 give up. But also, live life outside of your art. It鈥檚 so, so important to have ways to refill your creative well.

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