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Our Mentors

S.A. Patel
S.A. Patel is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Young Adult
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S.A. Patel
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S.A. Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas, surrounded by a lot of delicious food and plenty of diversity. She draws on her personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds that center around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she’s now all about puppies and rainbows and tortured love stories. She currently lives in Austin where she not-so-secretly watches Mathew McConaughey from afar during UT football games. Queso is her weakness and thanks to her family’s cooking, Indian/Tex-Mex cuisine is a real thing. She’s a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, a lover of chocolates from around the world, and is always wrapped up in a story.

Katelyn Detweiler
Jill Grinberg Literary Management

Other Published Works

(YA) THE KNOCKOUT (Flux, 2020)

Favorite Books

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Years Mentored
2018, 2019