Shveta Thakrar has published short stories in Demeter’s Spicebox ("Lavanya and Deepika") and Steam-Powered 2 ("Not the Moon But the Stars"), and is hard at work on her second novel, a young adult urban fantasy involving stars. Shveta would eat books for dinner, if people would let her. Since they won’t, she settles for writing South Asian–flavored fantasy. Drawing on her heritage, her experience growing up with two cultures, and her M.A. in German Literature, she likes to explore the magic that is just out of sight as well as the kind found right in front of our faces. Other things that interest her include feminism, cultural and racial notions of beauty, and how language influences how we think.