Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning writer, activist, teacher, and the author of 21 books, including: Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, The Forest of Enchantments and recently, The Last Queen, which won the Times of India AutHer Award for Best Fiction, the FICCI 2022 Best Fiction award, and the Best Book of 2022 Award from The International Association of Working Women. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies and translated into 30 languages. She is the recipient of the American Book Award, PEN Josephine Miles Award, a Premio Scanno, and a Light of India award. Divakaruni is the McDavid Professor of Creative Writing in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. Her newest novel is titled Independence.