Apeksha Rao is the author of India’s first YA spy thriller, Along Came A Spyder, published by TreeShade Books. The book was optioned for screen adaptation even before its release. It has featured in multiple lists of ‘top books of 2020’ and has garnered rave reviews.
She has also published the prequel to the Spyders series, The Itsy Bitsy Spyder, as a novella on Kindle.
Apeksha was handpicked by renowned author, Anita Nair, for her mentorship program, Anita’s Attic, where she honed her writing and crafting skills under Anita’s expert guidance.
Apeksha has been featured in newspapers and online media such as the Sunday Standard, Mid Day, Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age, Times Of India NIE, News18, Sunday Guardian, Outlook, The Tribune, The Week, Mathrubhumi, Devdiscourse, The North East Today, Hans India, Life and More, and News Now. Her book has been reviewed in theTelegraph and Deccan Herald.
She featured in a video for India Today Aspire and has written articles on writing spy fiction, career aspirations, and parenting for Times Of India NIE, News18, News Now, Momspresso, and SheThePeople.
She has appeared on the panels of lit fests such as Times Lit Fest – Bengaluru, Chandigarh Literary Festival and Kalinga Lit Fest. Along Came A Spyder was featured at Pune International Lit Fest in the session on ‘Why Read My Book?’
She has twice been guest of honour at the Literary Festival at Rassaz International High School, Mumbai. She also participated in an interactive session with Pick A Book, Vizag, (Junior).
Apeksha fell in love with words very early in life. While other kids of her age were still learning to spell, she was already reading her older brother’s books and comics.
She wrote her first story at the age of seven and submitted it to Tinkle, a very popular children’s magazine. She won many accolades in school and college, for writing stories and plays filled with hair-raising suspense, and hoped to become a published author, someday. But, life had other plans and Apeksha became a homoeopath.
She excelled in dramatics, both in school and in medical college. Her portrayal of a schizophrenic with religious delusion, in a play that dramatised homoeopathic drugs, won her a lot of praise.
Writing took a backseat, as she established a thriving medical practice. But Apeksha rekindled her love affair with words, while on maternity leave. She would tap away at her keyboard while rocking her twin babies to sleep, as sleep deprivation stimulated her dormant creativity.
Apeksha has shared numerous short stories on her blog. She has been lauded for her taut and gripping stories, that always come with a twist at the end. Her skill and experience in homoeopathic case-taking have made her a keen observer of human nature, and that helps her craft strong and relatable characters.
A Mumbaikar, born and bred, Apeksha comes from a family of doctors. At the ripe age of thirty-four, she wound up her practice and moved with her family, to Bengaluru. She is now a full-time writer. She is also a die-hard foodie, who’s still trying to find the best vada-pav in Bengaluru. She has twin boys, who keep her on her toes. Apeksha’s husband is her inspiration to write, as well as her biggest critic.