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Author Profile: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Each month, we research our authors so that you can learn more about their background and how their stories came to life.



Where she comes from & where she is now: Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She now lives in California with her family.

Where she studied: Gowda studied Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a Morehead-Cain scholar. She then completed her MBA at Stanford University.

You might know her from: Her second novel, The Golden Son , was a #1 international bestseller. Both The Golden Son and Secret Daughter appear on Canada’s Top 150 List of all time.

When’s she’s not writing: When Gowda was in college, she spent a summer as a volunteer at an orphanage in India, which served as inspiration for Secret Daughter. She now is a patron of the organization with which she volunteered, Childhaven International. She also served on the advisory board of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Gowda on writing: “I may be unusual, but I enjoy both the solitary writing and the public promotion aspects of being an author. As an introvert, I enjoy the long periods of working alone and being with my thoughts while I’m writing, but I also have come to depend on a handful of trusted readers I consult when I run into challenges, as well as a community of authors to connect with. It is also very fun and rewarding, after working alone for so long, to share my work publicly, meet readers and hear their reactions. It takes some time and a mental adjustment to transition between the two modes, but I do enjoy both of them.” - Gowda

There’s so much more to know: Hear Gowda speak about her writing experiences in this interview at Indigo in Canada and this interview with the Toronto Public Library.