Nillu’s short story “Painted Truths and Prayer Beads” was published in May 2016 in Mosaics 2: A Collection of Independent Women. Another short story, “The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress,” was published in June 2016 in UnCommon Origins, an anthology of short fiction. In 2017, “Tombstone Man” is scheduled to reappear in UnCommonly Good.
Nillu has a BA in English and German Literature and an MA in European Politics. After graduating, she worked in national and regional politics, but eventually reverted to her first love.
She lives in London with her husband, three children, one angelic cat and one demonic cat, though she secretly yearns for a dog. If you fly into Gatwick and look hard enough, you will see her furiously scribbling in her garden office, where she is working on her next story.
Nillu’s first novel, a story of sexual politics and second chances in Mumbai, is due to be published by Evolved Publishing in Autumn 2017. To find out more about Nillu and get the juice on her latest books, read her blog, send her a tweet or sign up for her newsletter.
Watch for the literary/women’s fiction, AN OCEAN OF MASKS, to release in late 2019.
Deceit is sewn into the fabric of our lives long before our first breath.
Norah is all about tough love. As headmistress of a community boarding school in Brixton, South London, her job is to put children back together after their lives have derailed. She understands their anger because the same red hot fury pulses through her own veins.
When a lack of funding threatens to close the doors to her school, Norah’s pupils act out their anguish in increasingly dangerous ways. As the fate of her pupils hangs in the balance, Norah accepts an invitation to join a mysterious society of masked women who might be able to help her. Little does she know, she’s on a collision course to meet the mother who abandoned her as a toddler.
Some traumas never heal. With her carefully controlled world in turmoil, Norah fights to save her pupils and herself. Can she be an example to her pupils, not only of grit and courage, but vulnerability? Or will her single-minded focus on saving the school be her undoing?