Priya Malhotra, a writer and journalist based in New York City for over 15 years, has contributed to numerous publications including Newsday, Time Out New York, The Times of India, The Japan Times, Asian Art News, Cosmopolitan and News India Times. For several years, she was a staff writer for financial publications.
Extroverted and extremely curious, Priya has a wide range of interests including psychology, gender, education, literature, world cultures and art. She has written about contemporary art for Hong Kong-based Asian Art News magazine for more than a decade and prior to motherhood was the publication’s New York contributing editor. Currently, she writes fiction and takes care of her two young daughters and squeezes in time for non-fiction when time allows.
She has Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelor’ s degree in English literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Fiction has always been her first love, but she started her career in journalism to gain exposure to a wide variety of experiences, places and people, believing it would inform and enrich her fiction. She’s fascinated by the inner lives of people, particularly women, and if she was ever to discover a way, you may see her trying to climb into people’s minds.
While doing her graduate degree at Columbia, Priya was intrigued to find some American women converting to Islam because the religion appealed to them from a gender perspective. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the subject. A groundbreaking piece, it was published in Newsday. Soon after, leading reference book publisher H.W. Wilson included the work in a compilation of important articles on religion in politics and society from esteemed national publications such as The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly.
Priya grew up in New Delhi, India where she was raised mostly secular, loosely Hindu, and attended Catholic School. Passionate about languages since childhood, she speaks English, Hindi, and Urdu along with a smattering of Punjabi, and Spanish. She remains connected to India where she returns to for long periods every year. Afflicted by chronic wanderlust, she traveled to several countries before having kids. A global citizen at heart, she dreams of living in different countries.
She feels fortunate to be represented by Jennifer Lyons of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency whose clients include luminaries such as Jesmyn Ward who made history by becoming the first woman and African-American to win the National Book Award for fiction twice. The agency also represents the estates of Gabriela Mistral, the Chilean Poet and first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and Oscar Hijuelos, the Cuban-American novelist and first Hispanic writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
You can connect with Priya on Twitter @writer_priya