Sathya Achia is a South Asian American-Canadian writer and lover of words. Sathya creates diverse stories of adventure and discovery for picture book, middle grade, and young adult readers. Sathya’s writing celebrates diversity and representation, with the hope that every child can see themselves in the pages of her stories.
Sathya’s creative work is influenced by her South Indian Kodava culture. She grew up spending summers in the remote hills and enchanting jungles of the Western Ghats, where she learned the art of storytelling from her grandparents. As a young reader, she missed seeing heroes like herself—of two worlds and cultures—so she enjoys writing for a multicultural audience and connecting with readers of diverse backgrounds.
Sathya is an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and Storyteller Academy. She has participated in several SCBWI workshops and conferences, and critique groups.
By day, Sathya is an award-winning communications professional who currently serves as an editor with a leading medical publisher, pairing her curiosity for understanding what makes the world tick with a love for communicating across print and online formats. When not spinning stories, Sathya can be found trying a new yoga pose, exploring the great outdoors, feasting on gourmet popcorn, or wrapped up in her greatest adventure of all: Motherhood.
You can find Sathya on Instagram at @SathyaAchiaWrites
In My Hands
IN MY HANDS is Sathya Achia's debut YA fantasy-adventure novel that can be described as Tomb Raider meets Wonder Woman meets South Asian folklore.
After the mysterious death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Chandra S. Chengappa is forced to leave small-town Virginia for the jungles of India to find the mythical weapon of a goddess and face the demon hell-bent on destroying her ... or she risks losing everything--and everyone--she's ever loved.