Born in a rural Punjabi village, Neesha Meminger grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now lives and works in New York City. She has a fascination with ancient history and the stories we're not told. Neesha's first novel, SHINE, COCONUT MOON, made the Smithsonian's list of Notable Books for Children in its debut year and was listed on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age-Top 100 Books for Teens. The book was also nominated for the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults.
Her second novel, JAZZ IN LOVE, was picked by the Pennsylvania School Librarians' Association for their top 40 selections for young adults and was one of Bookslut's Recommended Summer Read selections. Both SHINE, COCONUT MOON and JAZZ IN LOVE were nominated for the online CYBILS award.
INTO THE WISE DARK, Neesha's third novel, is a feminist time-travel fantasy featuring a multicultural cast of young women who save the world.
For some reason she has yet to discover, Neesha's short story sales in the U.K., where no one has ever heard of her, are about 200 times higher than in the U.S., where all of her promotional efforts are focused.