Mumbai born author Mahtab Narsimhan immigrated to Canada in 1997. She started her career as an Account Executive in the IT Industry. In 2003, after her father passed away of cancer, Mahtab started recording memorable incidents about her life back in India. She was always an avid reader and enjoyed the fantasy/science-fiction genre. This got her thinking and she attempted to write a book. Four years and twenty drafts later The Third Eye was published to critical acclaim, and won the Silver Birch Fiction award in 2009. Mahtab has never looked back since.
Mahtab considers life as her inspiration. She loves middle-grade novels, early chapter books, and picture books because they capture moments of wonder and simple joys that are often forgotten. She feels that in writing for this age group, she keeps her childhood and her dreams alive.
Mahtab loves the excitement of visiting imaginary world from the comfort and safety of her home. Some of her favourite books include Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Series, Blyton’s Magic Faraway Series and Grahame’s Wind in The Willows stories.
Her first book, The Third Eye (Book 1 of the Tara Trilogy) is a fantasy-adventure based in India, filled with mythology and India’s rich culture. Mahtab has published several novels for middle grade readers and her first picture book , Looking for Lord Ganesh, is out on April 11th.
Looking for Lord Ganesh illustrated by German illustrator, Sonja Wimmer, is a witty story about a girl who takes to the internet to look for the Hindu elephant god, and learns a little wisdom along the way.
Mahtab is currently working on a middle-grade, science-fiction/fantasy adventure series set on Mars. She says ‘The red planet has fascinated the world since the time of Galileo and I’m just catching up!’