J U Menon

J.U. Menon is a storyteller and scientist, wielding both the pen and the test tube with equal finesse.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I published my first short story at the age of 11, I am an award-winning scientist, I enjoy reading in the mystery and detective fiction genre.

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing my memories.

What is your greatest achievement?

I am never satisfied, so this is yet to come.

High point of your life?

Realizing my dream of becoming an author!

Low point of your life

Only the high points in my life matter.

Which living person do you most admire?

Sudha Murty ji

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Sherlock Holmes

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Dolores Umbridge

Who are your favorite authors?

R.K. Narayan, Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, P.G. Wodehouse, Ruskin Bond

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

And Then There Were None, Pride and Prejudice, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Palace of Illusions, the Harry Potter series

Is there a book you love to reread?

And Then There Were None

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Dosti, Munnabhai 1&2, Nandanam (malayalam), the Avengers movies

One Superpower you wish you had?

The power to make people happy.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

She did her best.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would go back to the time of the Mahabharata and live in either Hastinapura or Dwaraka

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

I would like to learn to play the guitar.

Which book you wish you had written ?

When I read detective/ mystery novels, I sometimes wish I had written them so I can choose a different person as the culprit.

When and where do you write ?

Late in the evening and early in the morning. I always do my writing at home.

Silence or music?

Both, depending on my mood.

One phrase that you use most often?

That makes sense!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Not really

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

When you feel down or discouraged, step away, put on some music, indulge yourself and then come back to your book refreshed.

J. U. Menon is an award-winning scientist and the author of the 'PRESTORIA' series and the 'PANCHABHUTAM' series. She mostly writes young-adult and middle-grade fiction rooted in Indian history and mythology. When not balancing her lab coat and her literary cape, she can be found reading and crafting fictional backstories for the unsuspecting people around her, while fueled by copious amounts of chai. Explore more at jumenon.com

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