Ever since she was a child, Nikita Chinamanthur has been in love with books. She first started reading, telling and listening to stories in printed pages, before quickly discovering the online experience. From Wikipedia articles to fanfiction and online chick-lit on Wattpad, to… more books, Nikita voraciously consumes words. Chinamanthur started imagining the world of Natasha, the protagonist of her debut novel Ants, while she was studying for her English degree at the historically women’s Scripps College in Claremont, California. She had never seen herself represented in print, being a teenaged South Asian girl, and found a gaping hole in South Asian diasporic, YA fiction. Nikita can also be found building her impressive movie database on Notion, or collecting minimalist posters.