Born a Delhi girl and raised in central Pennsylvania, Annika Sharma followed her Penn State-loving heart to college at University Park. There, she graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology. A career teaching young children soon followed. After two years of working in early education, she paused for a summer before embarking on her graduate school career, and wrote her first novel, The Rearranged Life, during her time off. Shortly after earning her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, she was signed to Donaghy Literary Agency—a move that landed her a book deal for The Rearranged Life.
After earning an additional Master’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University, Annika moved to New York City, where she now works as a communications project manager for an Ivy League university. She is also the founding co-host of a podcast called The Woke Desi, which aims to shed light on taboo topics only whispered about in South Asian communities. A Gryffindor and Scorpio, she is a lover of endless conversations, college football, traveling, books, all things related to England, dancing, superhero movies and coffee.