Dr. Amitha Jagannath Knight is a graduate of MIT and Tufts University, where she earned her medical degree. In 2011 she received a Letter of Merit for her writing from the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and in 2012 she was named a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. While her parents were originally from South India, she and her siblings (including her identical twin!) were born in the United States. Dr. Knight has lived in Texas and Arkansas, and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and two cats.
As a kid, Amitha read anything she could get her hands on, but her favorites were fantasy novels. She read and re-read The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper, The Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkein, and The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. Another series she loved (despite the fact it wasn’t fantasy) was The Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery, and as a kid she wished she had red hair and been named Anne.
As an adult (Is she an adult yet? She’s not sure.) her reading tastes have widened a bit. Here are some of her current favorite books for kids and teens: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Feed by M.T. Anderson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
Her favorite genres of books for adults are cozy mystery novels, science fiction, and especially graphic novel memoirs (hearing about other people’s lives is what she misses most about practicing medicine). Here are some examples of books she has loved: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Flavia De Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley, the Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett, Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mystery series by Louise Penny, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and Among Others by Jo Walton.