Hello! I'm Payal
Mostly, I make up stories
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HIT FOR A SIX—shortlisted for the 2018 Crossword Award!
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My books

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Hit for a Six

Middle grade; mystery; cricket; school

A Helping Hand

Middle grade; acceptance; friendship; free download

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Young adult; anthology; feminist; sci-fi/fantasy

Slightly Burnt

Young adult; LGBT; coming of age

There's a Ghost in My PC

Middle grade; fantasy; siblings; friendship

Satin: A Stitch in Time

Young adult; fantasy; magic

The Timeless Land (Shadow in Eternity 3)

Young adult; fantasy; coming of age; friendship

The Key of Chaos (Shadow in Eternity 2)

Young adult; fantasy; coming of age; friendship

A Shadow in Eternity

Young adult; fantasy; coming of age; friendship

About me

Work and play

  • Freelance work

    I am...

    a freelance writer and editor. Sometimes I do a bit of web design and development. I write about computers, science and technology, software, the WWW, travel, lifestyle, books and more in various print and web publications. I also copy edit fiction, non-fiction and academic manuscripts for publishers, other companies and organizations, institutions and individuals. To contact me for freelance work, vist Writeside.net.

  • Being an author


    I am an author, writing fiction for middle-grade and young adult readers, mostly fantasy. Sometimes I write for older people too. See the books section for more. I also teach writing workshops. If you want me to visit your school for an author interaction or a creative writing workshop, get in touch.

  • What I like

    I like...

    reading, writing, gaming, crocheting, mucking about on the web, travelling, lurking on social media...did I mention reading?

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