I’m Gigi Pandian, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, breast cancer survivor, and accidental almost-vegan. I write the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (about a globe-trotting Indian-American historian), the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (about an alchemist and a gargoyle chef in Portland, Oregon), and locked-room mystery short stories.
I’m the child of cultural anthropologist parents from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. I spent my childhood being dragged around the world on their research trips, and that’s when I started writing stories that were a cross between Agatha Christie and Indiana Jones. It’s what I still do today.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and a gargoyle who watches over our backyard vegetable garden. My debut mystery novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine, and my later fiction has received honors including Agatha, Lefty, Rose, and Derringer Awards. Yes, this has been a fun ride! I’m now seven years cancer-free, and I’m having a wonderful time on this journey.
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