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Rajani LaRocca writes middle grade novels and picture books. Her debut middle grade, MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM, is a foodie Indian-American story inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and the hours she's spent watching TV baking competitions.

Rajani was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the U.S. as a baby. Her family moved around, but she grew up mostly in Louisville, Kentucky.

She lives in eastern Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two brilliant kids, and an impossibly cute dog. She is also a practicing internal medicine physician.

To find our more about Rajani, visit her website at:
https://rajanilarocca.com
or on Twitter and Instagram at @rajanilarocca

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Rajani LaRocca I'm going to cheat and pick two fields. I'd love to be a musician (I play the piano and sing), but I don't think I'm good enough to make it…moreI'm going to cheat and pick two fields. I'd love to be a musician (I play the piano and sing), but I don't think I'm good enough to make it performing, and I'm definitely not a composer! But music is very important to me, and it plays a crucial role in MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM.
The other creative field I'd love to be involved in is cooking. I'd love to travel the world, learn about amazing cuisines, and bring them home to my family. We've been fortunate enough to visit lots of places and eat lots of delicious food, but I'd love to do even more. As you can imagine, creativity in the kitchen plays a huge role in the book as well!(less)
Rajani LaRocca Great question! I love cooking and baking competition shows!
My favorite baking competition show is The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British…more
Great question! I love cooking and baking competition shows!
My favorite baking competition show is The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake Off in the UK). I love that all the contestants are amateurs (but seriously talented!); that the hosts, competitors, and judges get all nerdy about technique and ingredients; that the competitors come from all over the UK from a variety of backgrounds; that they compete just for bragging rights and a cake stand; and that everyone is so nice to each other. I also love the Kids Baking Championship, hosted by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli. The hosts are super kind and knowledgable, and Duff might have been part of the inspiration for the celebrity pastry chef in Midsummer's Mayhem. :) The kid contestants are so talented and come up with such creative ideas, but they are also real kids who cheer for each other and are disappointed when they have to leave the show. I love the kindness that shines through. even in the midst of a competition. I hope kids enjoy reading about the baking contest in Midsummer's Mayhem...although it might involve more shenanigans than the contests I just mentioned!(less)
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As we near the end of the year, many of us take time reflect on this year and set goals for the next.


2018 has been a banner year for my writing career. I started working with my amazing agent, Brent Taylor, sold my debut middle grade novel, MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, sold a picture book, SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS, and…some other things I’m not at liberty to discuss yet.


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"I saw "baking" somewhere in the blurb and I CLICKED WANT TO READ W/O ANY SECOND THOUGHTS. Heartless first made me love reading about baking (tho Idk how to actually bake or cook irl HAHAH) so this better be good! Also, an Indian-American mashup of..." Read more of this review »
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