Email Gigi at gigi [at] gigipandian.com
Gigi is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
High resolution headshot of Gigi Pandian (credit Michael B. Woolsey).
William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Grant for Artifact
“Best of 2012” Debut Mystery from Suspense Magazine for Artifact
Rose Award for Pirate Vishnu
Lefty Award for The Accidental Alchemist
“Best of 2016” Cozy Mystery from Suspense Magazine for Michelangelo’s Ghost
Agatha Award for “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn”
Derringer Award for “The Cambodian Curse”
Michelangelo’s Ghost was short-listed for both the Lefty Award at Left Coast Crime and the Silver Falchion Award at Killer Nashville. The Ninja’s Illusion was long-listed for the ALA (American Library Association) 2018 Reading List. “The Hindi Houdini” was short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards.
USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world on their research trips, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s debut novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine, and her later fiction has received the Agatha, Lefty, Rose, and Derringer Awards.
USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world on their research trips, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a gargoyle who watches over the backyard vegetable garden. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories.
Gigi’s debut novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine. Her subsequent fiction has received awards including the Lefty Award for The Accidental Alchemist, the Left Coast Crime Rose Award for Pirate Vishnu, the Agatha Award for “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn,” and the Derringer Award for “The Cambodian Curse.”
Gigi began writing her style of mystery fiction, a cross between Agatha Christie and Indiana Jones, as a kid entertaining herself on her parents’ academic trips. Many years later, while working on her own PhD, she realized that she was much better suited to writing about the fictional adventures of academics than being one herself. She left academia for art school and began writing the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, Quicksand, Michelangelo’s Ghost, The Ninja’s Illusion, and The Glass Thief) published by Henery Press.
A month after her 36th birthday, Gigi was diagnosed with breast cancer. To get through her treatments, she decided to throw herself into her writing. She came up with the idea for her Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist, The Masquerading Magician, The Elusive Elixir, and The Alchemist’s Illusion) while going through chemotherapy, her own Elixir of Life. She never imagined her agent would be able to sell the quirky paranormal mystery series about a centuries-old female alchemist and her impish gargoyle sidekick, but Midnight Ink bought the series on proposal, so there must have been something to the passion that flowed from her fingertips while battling cancer.
Gigi is now seven years cancer free. She’s continuing to write both series, as well as experimenting with other fiction. A collection of Gigi’s locked room mystery stories from the Jaya Jones universe, The Cambodian Curse & Other Stories, was published in the fall of 2018. She’s currently working on a stand-alone Gothic mystery and more adventures for Jaya Jones and the Accidental Alchemist characters.
When not writing, Gigi can be found experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, hanging out with her writers group, or curled up with a good book (her favorite authors include Elizabeth Peters, Aaron Elkins, and John Dickson Carr). Gigi has served on the National and Northern California boards of Sisters in Crime, currently serves as membership chair of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, served as a Pitch Wars mentor, and is an avid participant in National Novel Writing Month.