Sharada Vibhakar was born in Elkins, West Virginia, grew up in western Pennsylvania, and spent many of her childhood summers in India. She holds a degree in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and worked as an equity research analyst before discovering her passion for writing.
The Monarch Effect is her first pre-published novel, ranking among the top three in the 2019 Ink & Insights Masters Category. The Monarch Effect is a middle grade fantasy about twins who flee to an enchanted world to escape deadly butterfly attacks—only to become brutal targets of a family member in a jungle filled with butterflies.
Sharada currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two kids. She’s the Volunteer Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV Chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators). An avid gardener, Sharada plants milkweed for monarch conservation and brakes for butterflies.